EAST LIVERPOOL - Steps were taken Wednesday by the Civil Service Commission to begin the process of hiring a new superintendent for Thompson Park, following the recent resignation of Robb Kenny.
Park board President Burl Warrick and member Wink Smith addressed the commission about the job description to be included in advertising for the competitive exam for the position, offering up a few minor changes discussed at their own meeting earlier this week.
"We don't want to block anyone out from taking the test," Warrick told the commission, explaining why a requirement for three years of experience in grounds or park maintenance or related fields was moved to "qualifications" instead of "experience."
The successful candidate will also be given up to one year to complete a course in bookkeeping, a seminar in public relations and a seminar in general supervision instead of the previous six months.
Although the commission normally only advertises such tests in the city newspaper, The Review, Warrick and Smith insisted the upcoming test be advertised also in the Morning Journal and the Youngstown Vindicator, despite being warned by members that "could be costly," since the ads must run once a week for three consecutive weeks.
"We want the best possible candidate we can get. The park is the last surviving jewel of East Liverpool, and if it costs an additional $300, it's worth it," Smith said.
Commission member John Fisher also suggested placing a notice on the park website, encouraging people to look for the ads in the papers.
The advertising should begin Jan. 7, since the last two Mondays of this month are holidays and it was felt the ads would not receive as much attention on those days.
Park board members questioned whether the test is current, with commission secretary Jane Miller saying it is the same one Kenny took seven years ago and, she believes the time before that.
A request by Smith to raise the minimum passing grade from 70 to 75 was refused, with commission member Steve Bell saying that is the standard.
In other business, the commission accepted the resignations of Kenny, who accepted another position in Florida, and of firefighter Christopher Harrison, for disability reasons.
Chad Roe was appointed as a heavy equipment operator for the water department at $16.85 per hour.
After its meeting, the commission administered promotional exams for police captain and assistant fire chief, with results anticipated early next week.
On the list to take the assistant fire chief test were firefighters Jim Allmon, David Edgell and Bob Smith. Police officers registered to take the captain's test were Steve Adkins, Fred Flati, Kelsey Hedrick, Moose Ramsey and Chad Tatgenhorst.
The top scorer on each of those tests must be given the position, if one is open.