Grove City Council approved legislation giving a hiring preference to veterans.
At the May 7 meeting, council approved a change to its civil service hiring process to benefit those who have served in the United States uniformed services.
The state of Ohio gives municipalities the authority to adopt the hiring preference. State law suggests that veterans receive an additional credit of 20 percentage points when taking the civil service test. Each area can decide how many percentage points to give.
Grove City council members agreed to give veterans an additional credit of 10 percentage points to the total grade.
“We owe much to our veterans and we want to make their return to Grove City as positive and successful as possible, said Mayor RichardIke Stage.This is an important change allowing us to further honor our returning heroes and their families.
One resident thought the legislation didnt go far enough.
“This is making me mad, said Dick Rutherford listening to council debate the change from 20 percentage points to 10.
Rutherford said the city gives hiring preference to people based on gender and race. He said veterans should be given much more advantage.
“While you are asleep, warm in your bed, these men are out there being shot at, said Rutherford.
Karen Dover, resident and mother of a service member, said she believes the legislation is fair and said most military members would not expect preferential treatment.
Police officers, firefighters and other government positions require applicants to take a civil service test.
In order to receive the additional points, the veteran must receive a passing grade. The test score is not the only determining factor in an employment offer, but it is an important part of the hiring process.
The new ordinance will go into effect June 6. To view current employment opportunities in the city, visit www.grovecityohio.gov or call 277-3000.