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Tueday's election may boost diversity in Cleveland police and fire hiring
Passage of Issue 20 will change civil service rules
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Kevin Niedermier
Cleveland officials hope the passage of Issue 20 will result in more minorities joining the city's police force.
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Cleveland’s hiring procedure for its safety forces will be changing following yesterday’s election. Voters approved Issue 20 which increases the eligible candidate pool from which the city must hire for civil service jobs. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.

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Up to now, Cleveland had to hire one out of every three civil service applicants for police and fire positions. But under the Issue 20 charter amendment, the city can pick one out of 10. Cleveland officials hope this will increase the number of minorities on the safety forces.That’s a requirement under the consent decree between the city and the U.S. Justice Department for police force reform. Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis says the less restrictive hiring rule can make the force stronger.

“We want the best possible candidates regardless of race, regardless of gender, regardless of anything. We want the best blue guys out there that we can get. And we hope that this is going to help to that end.”

Several other Ohio cities already use the one-in-10 hiring process.

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CPPA President Steve Loomis backs the passage of Issue 20.
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