Sec. 2-158. Examination.
(a) The examination requirement. All appointments to positions and promotions to positions in the classified service of the city shall be made according to merit, qualifications and fitness. Written examinations shall be prepared by or under the direction of the civil service commission, and all examinations shall relate to matters which will fairly test the capacity and fitness of the applicants to discharge efficiently the duties of the class or position for which the examination is held. The civil service commission may from time to time review and modify the form or contents of any examination.
(b) Determination of examination needs and contents. The civil service commission shall cause examination to be held for position in the classified service whenever it is necessary.
(c) Nature of examinations.
(1) Examinations, both entrance and promotional, shall be competitive.
(2) Examinations, both entrance and promotional, may be assembled or nonassembled, written and/or oral interview, physical and/or in the nature of a performance test in the form of a demonstration of skill ratings of experience, seniority, education and training, promotional potential ratings or any combination of these as shall be necessary to fairly test and determine the relative fitness and ability of each applicant to perform the actual duties of the class or position to which they seek appointment.
(d) Eligible for examination. Examinations for any class of positions in the classified service to be filled by promotional examination shall be open to all regular permanent employees that are in the next lower classification and otherwise qualified to compete for the particular class of positions for which the examination is to be conducted. In this connection, the civil service commission may open promotional examinations to employees in any other classification.
(e) Notice of open competitive examination. The civil service commission shall give public notice of competitive entrance examinations.
(f) Notice of promotional examinations. The civil service commission shall announce promotional examination, including the closing date for filing applications, by posting reasonable notice of such examinations.
(g) Scoring of examinations. All examinations shall be graded by the civil service commission or its designated agent. The civil service commission shall establish a minimum passing grade for each examination.
(h) Notice of examination; results. The civil service commission shall notify all applicants by mail of examination results and, in the case of applicants with passing grades, the grade and his respective resulting rank on the list.
(i) Examination not public records. Examination papers written by applicants are to be considered as privileged documents not open to or subject to public inspection or examination. The examination paper of any applicant, however, may be reviewed at the request of the applicant.
(j) Extension, postponement or cancellation of examinations. The civil service commission may extend the last filing day for applications indicated in the official examination announcement, or postpone the date of the examination, or may cancel such examination in the event an insufficient number of qualified applicants have filed or for other good cause, provided that notice of such extension, postponement or cancellation shall be given in the same manner as was the original notice.
(Code 1969, § 1.109)