Recently, my son took the Firefighters Exam for New Rochelle. Although I knew it was a futile effort and a waste of a few bucks, I figured that perhaps moving forward a different climate might be present locally and nationally, and the trend of hiring in the public sector might resurface.
About two weeks ago he received an envelope from Civil Service. Inside we found dates for a scheduled agility exam in November, and information about this phase of the test. Nowhere present was a score. I took it upon myself to call the Civil Service Office. After two days of constant voice mail I was finally connected to Jeanett Medina.
I questioned Ms. Medina to the whereabouts of my son's scores, figuring that this was merely a missed envelope. She told me that she opted to not send scores. Whereas this would "discourage" candidates with low written grades from showing up.
This logic disturbed me. You see, it costs the city money to administer this agility exam. There are no fewer then 30 proctors on site for the test, two NRFD rigs, and several New Rochelle Firefighters. The cost of this must be significant to a struggling city, yet Ms.Medina is more concerned with discouraging underachieving applicants. Just another example of a city government...and its employees completely disconnected from the realities we face today.