Sunday, May 23, 1999

Police exam must be redone


Breach claimed in Indian Hill

BY ALLEN HOWARD
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDIAN HILL — There was a breach somewhere in a recent police officer examination in the village, either on the written or oral portions.

        City Manager Michael Burns threw out the results of the April 10 exam after an investigation. He reset the examination for June 12.

        “I invalidated the exam after I found enough evidence to support my suspicion that there was a breach in security.”

        Mr. Burns would not comment on what the breach was.

        Mr. Burns did say he thought Col. Larry Chadwell, Indian Hill's police chief, went overboard in recommending that the village take 36 candidates for oral interviews from the list of 60 who took the written examination.

        “Normally we select no more than 20 from the written list in the order they scored for the oral interviews,” Mr. Burns said. “Ordinarily we fill about two positions from the exam list. This time, however, we may fill as many as six positions. But I don't think we needed to interview 36 candidates.”

        He said they actually interviewed 35 because one candidate dropped out.

        Chief Chadwell could not be reached for comment Saturday. He has announced his retirement, set for June 4.

        Mr. Burns said the oral interviews were given May 5-7 by a panel of police officials, most of them supervisors.

        “One of the problems we have is conducting the oral interviews (over) three days. This gives someone the chance to talk with another candidate,” Mr. Burns said.

        He said when the oral interviews are conducted this time, all will be done in one day.

        “I don't care how long it takes. I think it lessens the chance of a security breach if all the interviews are done the same day,” Mr. Burns said.

        He said the village normally has 19 officers on the force. One retired in April.

        “Another officer will retire in July, and two others will become eligible later this year and have said they will retire. Another officer will also become eligible for retirement later this year, but has not said he will,” Mr. Burns said.

       



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