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Civil service changes returned to commission

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough Council at its Jan. 15 meeting sent back to the Civil Service Commission proposed sweeping changes to police department hiring procedures involving promotional positions and physical fitness standards.

Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., a member of the Civil Service Commission and retired borough police officer, explained the commission delved into the proposed changes, saying input was received from an attorney in Washington, D.C.

"We're going somewhere in the blind here," McHale said on placing the issue on the agenda for a vote.

Also discussed was requiring that the police chief be the only individual present while interviewing a candidate for the force.

The police chief, however, may make suggestions regarding background investigations, the commission noted.

Council agreed more information and clarity is needed before a vote is taken, suggesting the Allentown Police Academy be contacted.

Lopsonzski said the commission was informed federal standards cannot be changed.

"It's a nightmare." Civil Service Commission Chairman Richard Ackerman said.

Replying to questions from Council President John Yurish and Solicitor William McCarthy, Lopsonzski and Ackerman agreed the present Civil Service regulations should present no problems until changes are voted on.

"I make a motion to return it back to the commission, period," Councilman Ed Pany said, ending the lengthy discussions.