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The civil service director shall, from time to time, as conditions warrant, hold tests for the purpose of establishing employment lists for the various positions in the classified service. Such tests shall be public, competitive and open to all persons who may be lawfully appointed to any position within the class for which such examinations are held with limitations specified in the rules of the commission as to residence, age, health, habits, moral character and prerequisite qualifications to perform the duties of such positions. Promotion tests shall be competitive to such persons examined or appointed under the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 and who have completed the probationary period in a class or rank previously declared by the commission to involve the performance of duties which tend to fit the incumbent to the performance of duty in the class or rank for which the promotion test is held. In promotion tests, efficiency in service shall form part of such tests. The civil service director shall hold promotion tests for each superior class of service whenever there is an inferior rank in the same class, the duties of which directly tend to fit the incumbents thereof for the performance of the duties of the superior grade. If fewer than two persons submit themselves for a promotion test, or if after such test is held all applicants fail to attain a general average of not less than the minimum standard fixed by the rules of the county civil service commission, the director shall forthwith hold an original entrance test and certify from the employment list resulting therefrom.

All tests shall be practical, and shall consist only of subjects which will fairly determine the capacity of the persons examined to perform the duties of the class of work for which the examination is being conducted, and may include tests of physical fitness or of manual skill. No credit shall be allowed for service rendered under provisional appointment. No question in any test shall relate to religious or political opinions or affiliations. As many tests shall be held as may be necessary to provide eligibles for each class of position, and to meet all requisitions and to fill all positions held by provisional appointees. From the return and report of the examiners or from the tests provided by the civil service director, the director shall prepare a list of eligible persons who shall attain such minimum mark as may be fixed for the various parts of such test, and whose general average standing upon the test for such position is not less than the minimum fixed by the rules of the commission, and who may lawfully be appointed. Such persons shall take rank upon the list in the order of their relative excellence as determined by the tests. The markings of all tests shall be completed and the resulting employment list posted as soon as possible thereafter. The life of any eligibility list shall not exceed one year but may be extended an additional year by motion of the civil service commission.

The markings and test papers of each candidate shall be open to the candidate's inspection. The markings and test papers of all persons upon any list of eligibles may be opened to public inspection in the discretion of the county civil service commission. An error in the markings of any test other than an error in judgment, if called to the attention of the commission within one month after the establishment of an employment list resulting from such test, shall be corrected by it; provided, however, that such correction shall not invalidate any certification or appointment previously made. Public notice of each examination shall be given.


1941 c 423 s 12; 1986 c 444