PDT Staff Writer
Interim Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware says both he and the department’s newest captain, Lynn Brewer will take the chief’s exam on Nov. 20, 2012.
Brewer was recently informed at a meeting of the Portsmouth Civil Service Commission that of the three people who took the recent captain’s exam, he was the only one who passed, with a combined score of 94.708. That figure took into consideration his efficiency points and seniority in addition to the actual test score. Seventy is required in order to receive a passing grade.
At the meeting, Commission member Wayne Wheeler explained the guidelines for taking the chief’s exam.
“In order to sit for a promotional exam, an individual is supposed to have been in the prior rank for a period of one year before the promotional exam,” Wheeler said. “Because we have been short of captains on the police force, and we have an acting chief, we administered the captain’s exam, and we have one (Lynn Brewer) who is qualified to be promoted to captain. So when we then make the chief’s exam available, if we adhere to the one year requirement from the date of promotion, then there will be no other captain available to take the exam, other than the current acting chief (Ware). If, in fact, the time and rank dates back to when the position first became available then we do not have to wait that year for the chief’s exam, and Captain Brewer would be eligible to take the chief’s exam, so we would have two captains to take the exam.”
The Commission said it was awaiting an opinion from Portsmouth City Solicitor Mike Jones. A call to Jones by the Portsmouth Daily Times was never returned, and at Monday night’s Portsmouth City Council meeting, Ware said by “an agreement,” both would take the exam.
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