Commission approves UPD lieutenant promotion process

By Nick Walton -

The Urbana Civil Service Commission approved the promotional process for the police lieutenant position with the Urbana Police Division Tuesday.

During the commission’s meeting, Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said Lt. Seth King announced his retirement from the division on Monday effective Feb. 3, 2017.

Lingrell asked to initiate a promotional process prior to King’s retirement to have a smooth transition, with the candidate shadowing the lieutenant for a short time.

The outline of the process Lingrell provided states applications to participate in the lieutenant promotional process are due in the city director of administration’s office by 4 p.m. Aug. 26.

The promotional process will include a two-part civil service test with testing tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. A tentative date for the civil service commission to certify eligible and certified eligibility lists is Nov. 14.

Following the director’s phase to make a selection from the certified eligible candidates, the anticipated selection of the tentative appointment may take place on or before Feb. 3, 2017.

The commission also approved a six-month extension of the police sergeant eligibility list. The list was approved by the commission on April 27 and is set to expire on Oct. 27. The extension makes the list valid until April 27, 2017.

Lingrell noted Shawn Schmidt and Chris Snyder, two candidates on the list, have been promoted to the sergeant position.

The commission also approved proceeding with the entry level firefighter hiring process for the Urbana Fire Division.

Urbana Fire Chief Mark Keller said the division recently had a resignation from firefighter/paramedic Parker Robison, who got hired with the Marysville fire department. Keller said the division is looking to test and fill this vacancy.

Keller provided the commission with an outline of the hiring process.

Applications to participate in the entry level firefighter testing process will be accepted starting Wednesday and are due in the director of administration’s office by 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

A written examination will be conducted Oct. 1 at the CRSI building or other approved testing site. A Certified Physical Agility Test (CPAT) will be conducted on Oct. 8 at the Clark State Community College Fire Training Facility.

A tentative date for the civil service commission to approve the eligibility list and certify the certified eligible list is Oct. 12. Interviews will be conducted with the candidates established on the certified eligibility list beginning Oct. 17.

An anticipated conditional offer will be made on or after Oct. 31 with a potential start date of Nov. 14.

By Nick Walton

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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