Dayton must pay $400,000 to 35 black applicants.
From Dayton Daily News: City ordered to pay $400,000 to 35 black police and firefighter applicants
By Lucas Sullivan, Staff Writer Updated 12:29 AM Saturday, April 3, 2010
DAYTON — The U.S. Department of Justice has directed the city to pay 35 black applicants who tested to become police officers or firefighters nearly $400,000.
Each of the applicants will get $10,651 after the justice department determined the city’s civil service exam and job requirements unfairly discriminated against minorities, according to a letter from its Civil Rights Division.
Another man who applied to be a firefighter, passed the civil service test and was not hired will receive $20,513.
The payouts stem from a consent decree between city officials and the justice department. The decree calls for the city to pay up to $450,000 and revamp its civil service exam.
The city cannot hire any firefighters or police officers until it submits a new civil service test to the justice department for approval. A new test is still being drawn up.
The questions on the exam are supposed to focus on basic grammar skills, spelling, math, and common scenarios encountered by police officers and firefighters. The test is intended for applicants with a high school education or GED, Civil Service Board Chief Examiner Giselle Johnson said.
The consent decree directs the city to first consider hiring 19 priority candidates who successfully complete all requirements to become a police officer or firefighter; which include passing the revamped civil service test and necessary training.
The city is obligated to hire no more than five police officers and nine firefighters from the priority hire list, the decree states.
Upon completing probation, those hired will then be given retroactive seniority pay and benefits, the decree states. That means the priority hires would bypass other officers on the force in seniority, salary and benefits. They, however, cannot bypass existing officers in rank, the decree states.
“The goal is to get these departments to be reflective of the makeup of the population,” Dayton Commissioner Dean Lovelace said. “The hurdle has been some of these old procedures. I think the new tests will allow us to level the ground a little bit.”
Police and fire union officials maintain the civil service test did not prevent more minorities from joining the city’s safety forces. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 44 President Randy Beane said not enough minority applicants show up to take the test.
He said he doesn’t understand why those who “weren’t even close” to passing the old civil service test are being rewarded and/or given priority hire status.
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I took the test and was ranked 62nd out of 1,800 candidates. That was with a score of 98.5 %. I was placed in the first class out of that test that attended the Dayton Police Academy. I was suprised at the high quality of the cadets in that class. They were intelligent, hard-working and almost all of them are still honorable officers to this day. It is a pity to lower the standards, but it has been done over and over in the City of Dayton. They will reap what they sow.....
11:33 PM, 4/2/2010
Police and Firefighters are professionals that are career minded. How dare they dumb down these professions to hire someone based on the color of their skin! Shame on them! This is an injustice to professionals everywhere.
11:32 PM, 4/2/2010
West Carrollton, Ohio
Saturday, April 3, 2010
To: The Editor
Subject: U.S. Dept. of Justice orders Dayton to pay $400,000
“Will Dayton’s administration be racist?”
Being a taxpaying citizen and resident of West Carrollton, Ohio, I do not have a [Democrat or Republican] dog in any potential future fight, not to mention any resistance or opposition, regarding this recent U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division decision: ordering Dayton taxpayers and their city administration to give $400,000 to 35 black police and firefighter applicants; who did not do the best on police and firefighter tests, or score high enough to become eligible for training and employment with the City of Dayton, despite or regardless of any alleged, imagined or supposed discrimination, prejudice, racism or hatin’.
This is sort of a sad sick ironic moronic April Fool’s Day joke to most normal folks. Will Dayton’s new [white] Republican mayor and/or his [black] Democrat administration be blamed and labeled as racist, if they object to or resist this federal nonsense? The City of Dayton, like the rest of the nation, is bankrupt and broke; although it and the feds are still legally able, enabled and allowed to rob from the taxpayers, to pay other people who were not hired or trained to perform public-servant city jobs that they did not deserve, earn or get, if only because their test scores were too low, like ya know.
West Carrollton, Ohio