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Section 10 Certification


10.01 Certification Request

Upon establishing an eligibility list, the Commission, through its staff, shall certify names to the Appointing Authority to fill the next vacancy in the classification. This certification is made to the Appointing Authority via the Department of Human Resources. For each vacancy beyond the first, the Appointing Authority, through HR, shall submit a written request for certification to the Commission’s staff unless all remaining names have already been certified.

[Reference Section 303.03(K)(1) of the County Code]


10.02 Number of Names to be Certified

When certifying names from an eligibility list established through competitive means, the Commission, through its staff, shall certify the names and rank of the top twenty-five percent (25%) or a minimum of ten (10) names, whichever is greater, of the candidates remaining on the eligibility list for the class to which the position is classified. When certifying names from an eligibility list established through noncompetitive means, the Commission, through its staff, shall certify all of the names remaining on the eligibility list for the class to which the position is classified.

If a name has been certified to an Appointing Authority, and sufficient justification is found to remove that name from the eligibility list per Rule 9.05 before a conditional offer has been extended from that certification, the name will be removed and a replacement name will be certified to the Appointing Authority. The replacement name will be the highest-ranked name remaining on the eligibility list that was not already certified to the Appointing Authority.

When fewer than ten (10) names remain on the eligibility list at the time a certification is made, the Commission may certify fewer than ten (10) names and a new examination may be scheduled. If all names remaining on an eligibility list have been certified to an Appointing Authority and there is sufficient justification to remove any names per Rule 9.05 such that the number of remaining names is fewer than ten (10) before a conditional offer is extended, a new examination may also be scheduled.

[Reference Section 303.03(K) (2) of the County Code]


10.03 Merging New Names into an Existing Eligibility List

When a new examination is scheduled due to fewer than ten names remaining on an active eligibility list, and the results of that examination are to be posted prior to the expiration of that list, the names of those persons who pass the new examination shall be merged with those who remain on the original list.

The same examination and passing score used to establish the original eligibility list shall be used for the new examination. All candidates who pass either the original or new examination shall be placed on the eligibility list in rank order according to their examination scores. In the case of noncompetitive examinations, all candidates who met the minimum requirements of the classification during either the original or new announcement period shall appear on the eligibility list in alphabetical order. The Commission will then certify names per Rule 10.02.

Names appearing on the eligibility list are considered eligible for the duration of the original eligibility list on which they first appeared, as described in Rule 9.02. However, those names may be extended at the discretion of the Commission, as described in Rule 9.02.


10.04 Certification Not More Than Three Times

A person certified from the same eligibility list three (3) times to the same Appointing Authority may be omitted from future certifications. A person is “certified,” for purposes of this Rule, each time a conditional offer is extended from an established eligibility list containing that person’s name.

[Reference Section 303.03(K)(3) of the County Code]