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Youngstown council wants more info on how firefighters, cops are hired



Published: Wed, January 6, 2010 @ 8:27 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — City council members want more information on a proposed policy change as to how city hires firefighters and police officers before approving it.

For several years the city used two lists ­ — one for white men, and one for minorities and females — to hire firefighters and police officers.

The city’s policy was to hire one minority and/or woman for every two white men it hired for those two departments.

Because of a federal court decision declaring the use of two lists by Shreveport, La., to be unconstitutional, Youngstown needs to get rid of its separate lists, Mayor Jay Williams said.

The mayor wants the city to have one list of every person who passes tests given for those jobs and eliminate ranking them by the top written scores on the exams.

Council members are agreeable, but said tonight that they want to discuss the issue further with the city’s law department before approving Williams’ proposal.

Council members said they’re concerned about lawsuits being filed by those adversely impacted by the policy change.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


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