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When workers fail Civil Service tests

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An Oct. 16 letter to the editor asked why we have Civil Service lists when people who fail exams remain employed [“Why do we have Civil Service tests?”].

If agencies choose to retain employees who failed, that is their prerogative.

However, the Suffolk County Civil Service Department assures that when provisional employees are unsuccessful on exams, opportunities open for candidates who did well, and the eligible lists are used to make appointments. The people who failed are removed from their positions, and the Civil Service lists are used to refill the vacancies.

Alan Schneider, Hauppauge

Editor’s note: The writer is the personnel director for Suffolk County.