By Steve Capps
For the Star-Gazette
Would-be Beardstown firefighters still have time to apply for the job. The Police and Fire Commission met Monday night to discuss upcoming tests for police and fire applicants. The city contracted in May with Standard and Associates of Chicago to screen and test applicants for the police and fire departments. The first round of testing for police candidates is set for this week.
“We’ve had some hiccups with the process,” said Commissioner Pam DeSollar. “All of the hiccups were created locally. The company has been real good to work with.”
Fire Chief Darin Paul said the problem was in the job description submitted to Standard for firefighters. The job description was taken directly from the firefighters’ contract but job requirements for paramedics were inadvertently included in the advertised job description. As a result, only one application was received.
“We have time to repost the testing for firefighters,” said Paul. “Our fire list is good until January 23, 2014.” The list of qualified candidates for the police department has been exhausted.
The commission felt the errors in the job posting likely prevented some qualified applicants from applying. Eight candidates will undergo testing for the police department.