Hamilton County Sheriff's Merit Commission met July 18.
Here is the agenda provided by the commission:
The Hamilton County Sheriffs Merit Commission met on July 18, 2019, at 4:15 pm, in the Law Library of the Hamilton County Courthouse, for their regular meeting.
The following Commissioners were present: Roger Swartz, Wayne Morris, Jerry White, Jay Vineyard, and Diane Coronado.
The Pledge to the Flag was recited, and the meeting was called to order by Chairman Roger Swartz.
Chairman Swartz welcomed County Board Member, Willie Grubb, who was also in attendance.
The minutes of the April 11, 2019 Regular Meeting were reviewed. Motion by Jerry White to accept the minutes as circulated, seconded by Jay Vineyard. Motion carried by acclamation vote.
Sheriff Lakin could not be in attendance, but informed Chairman Swartz that the Sheriffs Department had received about 15 applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff.
The administration of the written and physical testing of applicants was discussed; however, pertinent information from the Sheriff and the test administrator was unavailable at this time. Therefore, Wayne Morris made a motion to continue the meeting on Monday, luly 29,2019, at 4:15 pm. The motion was seconded by Jay Vineyard, and carried by acclamation vote.
On Monday, July 29, 2019, at 4:15 pm, the recessed meeting from July 18, 2019, resumed in the Law Library at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
Al[ Commissioners were present. Sheriff Lakin, Chief Deputy Stewart, JD Murphy, and Willie Grubb were also present.
Sheriff Lakin informed the Commission of a current Law Enforcement Officer who was interested in applying for a Deputy Sheriff position with Hamilton County. The officer had approximately 4 years LE experience, including 2 years full time, with three different departments. Sheriff Lakin, Chief Deputy Jason Stewart, and Deputy Matt Bryson spoke to the officer, and Sheriff Lakin expressed interest in hiring him. The procedures for hiring on a temporary/part time basis were discussed. The officer would have to pass the knowledge test conducted by the Merit Commission, and be placed on the certified list to be considered for a permanent position.
JD Murphy outlined the procedures for administering the physical and written testing of Deputy Sheriff applicants. He also recommended giving the applicants at least 30 days to prepare for the physical testing. The cost for the administration of the testing by Murphy was discussed. A motion to hire JD Murphy to administer the testing was made by Jerry White, and seconded by Jay Vineyard. Motion carried by acclamation vote. Fees to cover the cost of the written tests was discussed. lt was noted that many agencies charge the applicants an average fee of SZS. A motion was made by Wayne Morris to charge a $25 fee payable at the time of testing, seconded by Jay Vineyard. Motion carried by acclamation vote.
September t4,2OL9 was selected as the testing date for the physical and written tests, with a start time of 8 am. Packets to be mailed to applicants would include Notice of Testing, Registration Form, lllinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board information on the physical testing standards, and a self- addressed envelope to return the Registration Form.
Upon review of the Scoring of Examinations section of the Rules, Regulations and Procedures, it was noted that the Technical Exam phase pertained to testing of telecommunicators, and not Deputy Sheriff applicants. Wayne Morris made a motion to strike the wording regarding the Technical Exam. The motion was seconded by Jerry White. Motion carried by acclamation vote.
Motion to adjourn by Wayne Morris, seconded by Diane Coronado. Motion carried by acclamation vote.