BY LAUREN HENRY
The Civil Service Board held a special called meeting Thursday afternoon to correct the previously released sergeant and lieutenant eligibility lists.
Chairman Ed Kershaw said there were discrepancies with the work related education-training portion of the test and one certificate was wrongly awarded, thus changing the individual's score.
Kershaw said the discrepancies were not the fault of the firefighters.
In the matter of the wrong certificate, the firefighter was issued a certificate that was not supposed to be issued by the State of Tennessee.
In the second case, certificates were inadvertently utilized to qualify under certain categories. These were not the correct certificates.
Kershaw said the classes in question that awarded the certificates had similar names and it was merely a case of confusion in the grading system.
Kershaw said he has rescored everyone with the correct certificates but needed the approval of the board to rescind the old lists and submit the new lists.
Board member Tim Teague was not present at the meeting but participated via cell phone.
"It sounds like it is the only fair thing to do," Teague said.
FIREFIGHTERS MADE AWARE
The firefighters were all sent a letter from Kershaw to inform them of the issue and were given the opportunity to attend the special called meeting.
Fire Chief Mark Foulks said the firefighters all were aware of the new lists. They were all given the opportunity to review their scoring. No firefighter attended the meeting.
The board voted to rescind the old list and release the new corrected lists.
The new list of nine names from the sergeant roster for promotion for the Greeneville Fire Department are: Benjy Ryans, Jonathan Gray, Eric Price, Chris Bowers, Mickey Tobie, Doug Reynolds, Bryan Harrison, Erich Winter, and Sammy Reaves.
The new sergeant eligibility list includes the following names: Benjy Ryans, Jonathan Gray, Eric Price, Chris Bowers, Mickey Tobie, Doug Reynolds, Bryan Harrison, Erich Winter, Sammy Reaves, Matthew Solomon, James White, Ryan Holt, James Foshie, Chris Shepard, Joseph Kendall, and Kendall Parman.
The new lieutenant eligibility list includes the following names: Benjy Ryans, Jonathan Gray, Eric Price, Chris Bowers, Erich Winter, Doug Reynolds, Bryan Harrison, James White, Sammy Reaves, Chris Shepard, Ryan Holt, Kendall Parman, and James Foshie.
The special called meeting adjourned and the regular board meeting was called into session.
Two names have been released for the entry-level position of cashier clerk: Tina Carmichael and Renee Parman.
POLICE TEST SATURDAY
The only other new business related to the test scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Greeneville High School for entry-level patrol officers for the Greeneville Police Department.
One applicant will be on a scheduled vacation at the time of the test and has requested the opportunity to test at another time. At least one other individual will be traveling with work and unable to make the test date.
Police Chief Terry Cannon recommended that the board deny the request on the grounds that it has never been done before and would be setting a new precedent.
"You don't want to open that can of worms," Cannon said.
"I don't mind to proctor the test at a different time," Kershaw said. "However, I do understand the Chief's position."
The board decided to heed Cannon's recommendation and deny the request.
Cannon said it would be unfair to those that had not signed up to take the test because they knew it would conflict with their schedule. The test date was advertised in late September.
"It could get ugly down the road [if we granted the request]," Gentry said.
The board scheduled the next meeting for 6 p.m. on Dec. 11.