The Civil Service Commission shall provide by rule for the ascertainment of merit and fitness as the basis for appointment and promotion in the service of the City as required by the Constitution of Ohio, and for appeals from the action of the Mayor in any case of transfer, reduction, or removal.  The action of the Commission on any such appeal shall be final except as otherwise provided by the Laws of Ohio.  Civil Service examination shall not be required for the appointment of any member of a board or commission, or any head of a department other than the Police Department or Fire Department, or any assistant to a director, or any secretary to the Mayor or to the head of any department, or any assistant to the Mayor, or for temporary appointments or for unskilled laborers, or for appointment to any other office or position requiring peculiar and exceptional qualifications. The Civil Service Commission may provide by rule for the extension of the one-year probationary period for Police and Fire Department employees for a period not to exceed three years.  Nothing herein contained shall affect the present status of any employee of the City now under Civil Service. Except as herein provided, the Civil Service Commission shall determine the practicability of competitive examination for any nonelective office or job classification in the service of the City.  The Director of Finance shall make records of salary or compensation to any person holding a position in the classified service available for audit by the Civil Service Commission.  Any sums paid in error as determined through such audit may be recovered by the City.
(Amended May 5, 1992; November 5, 2013)