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Beachwood Charter Amendment re Civil Service Commission

Issue 3 on the ballot. Ballot language: Shall Article VI, Section 3 of the Charter of the City of Beachwood titled “Civil Service Commission” be amended so that the Rules of the Commission contained therein are removed and allowing the Commission to adopt and amend the rules with the approval of City Council?A YES vote approves the proposed amendment to the city charter.A NO vote rejects the proposed amendment to the city charter.A majority affirmative vote is required for passage.
  • Yes - For the Measure

  • No - Against the Measure

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The current Charter provision regarding the Civil Service Commission, which is Article VI, Section 3, contains most of the rules for the examination, appointment, and promotion of the classified civil service. The classified civil service is made of up of all police officers in the Police Department below the rank of Chief and all fire fighters in the Fire Department below the ranks of Chief and Deputy Chief.

The proposed Amendment to the Charter would eliminate those rules from the Charter and allow the Civil Service Commission to implement the rules with Council approval without the necessity for the residents to vote on such rule changes. The Civil Service Commission consists of three members who are Beachwood residents, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council to serve six-year terms. Currently, the Civil Service Commission members are Brian Burke, Chairman; Robert Cohen; and David Keilin.

Taking the rules out of the charter gives the commission more discretion but still requires that rules be approved by Council.
This is a charter change that would result in removing civil service rules from the direct purview of voters. logo


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