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</p> <p>Page 1 of 2<br /> 67C.319 Rules for qualification, appointment, and discipline of officers &#8212; Chief<br /> examiner &#8212; Promotional examinations &#8212; Review of results &#8212; Filling <br />promotional vacancies.<br /> (1) Every consolidated local government police force merit system board created shall<br /> make, promulgate, and when necessary, amend rules for the qualifications, original <br />appointment, probation, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay-off, reinstatement, <br />suspension, and removal of the officers covered by KRS 67C.303, 67C.305, <br />67C.307, and 67C.309. No rule or regulation made, promulgated, or amended by <br />any consolidated local government police force merit system board shall be <br />inconsistent with the express provisions of this chapter. The board shall publish its <br />rules and any amendments and shall supply certified copies to the mayor, legislative <br />council, and the police chief and shall post a copy conspicuously in the office or <br />place where the headquarters of the consolidated local government police is <br />maintained. The copies of the rules and amendments shall be distributed and posted <br />in the manner prescribed within three (3) days after adoption.<br /> (2) The rules in addition to other matters shall specifically provide for and cover the<br /> following: <br />(a) Physical, mental, educational, citizenship, and age requirements for new<br /> officers;<br /> (b) Physical, mental, educational, citizenship, age, and length of service<br /> requirements for promotion from lower to higher rank or classification;<br /> (c) A requirement that police officers have five (5) years of service as police<br /> officers before being eligible for promotion to the rank of sergeant;<br /> (d) Provision for open, competitive, written, oral, and other mental and physical<br /> examinations to determine the relative fitness of all candidates for original <br />appointment and for promotion;<br /> (e) A requirement of public notice of all examinations to be given by the merit<br /> board;<br /> (f) Organization and meetings of the board; and <br />(g) Procedure and conduct of public hearings.<br /> (3) The board, with the approval of the mayor, shall employ a chief examiner who shall<br /> be professionally qualified and experienced in the field of testing and who shall <br />formulate, give, grade, and administer all written or other examinations as required <br />by the board.<br /> (4) Physical fitness for promotion shall be presumed unless certified to the contrary by<br /> the chief of police who shall supply the board with medical records of the disability.<br /> (5) At least ninety (90) days&#8217; notice shall be given before a promotional examination is<br /> conducted.<br /> (6) Promotional tests shall be graded, as determined by the board, to include written,<br /> oral, and other examination scores. In addition, seniority, not to exceed ten percent <br />(10%) of a candidate&#8217;s final evaluated rating, shall be awarded for each year of <br />service. The results of the written, oral, and other examinations shall be combined </p> <p>Page 2 of 2<br /> with seniority to determine the applicant&#8217;s final evaluated rating. If the number of <br />candidates exceeds the number of positions in the rank for which the candidates are <br />being tested, the chief examiner may set a cut-off score on any of the tests, <br />excluding seniority, that candidates must meet or exceed in order for them to <br />progress in the selection process. The cut-off score shall be set such that the number <br />of candidates equals one-half (1/2) the number of positions in the rank for which the <br />candidates are being tested, that number to be rounded up, at the time of the posting. <br />If ties exist at the cut-off score, individuals having tied scores shall progress in the <br />selection process.<br /> (7) Promotional eligibility lists shall contain the names of successful candidates in the<br /> order of their standing through examination. An individual&#8217;s results and ratings are <br />subject to review by the individual candidate but are otherwise confidential.<br /> (8) The chief examiner shall compile the results of all examinations. Upon completion<br /> of grading of examinations, candidates shall be informed by mail of the final <br />evaluated rating attained and their individual ranking on the eligibility list. An <br />applicant may, by appointment, discuss his or her examination results within the <br />offices of the chief examiner during business hours at any time when such review <br />will not interfere with the work of the board. Such review must be requested within <br />ten (10) calendar days following the establishment of the eligibility list. The board <br />shall make examination questions and answers available for inspection by the <br />applicant upon the filing of a written challenge.<br /> (9) In filling promotional vacancies, the chief of police shall select from not more than<br /> five (5) candidates graded highest on the appropriate eligibility list. The board shall <br />determine the justification for not promoting a candidate with the higher evaluated <br />rating who has been certified for promotion four (4) times. If the board determines <br />that the candidate&#8217;s nonpromotion is unjustified or unsupported by the evidence, the <br />candidate shall be promoted. The certified rank list for promotions shall be valid for <br />two (2) years and shall not be extended. All promotional vacancies shall be filled <br />within sixty (60) days of the vacancy.<br /> Effective: June 26, 2007 <br />History: Amended 2007 Ky. Acts ch. 131, sec. 1, effective June 26, 2007. &#8212; Amended<br /> 2003 Ky. Acts ch. 118, sec. 8, effective March 18, 2003. &#8212; Created 2002 Ky. Acts <br />ch. 339, sec. 10, effective July 15, 2002. </p> <p>