Positions in the classified civil service shall be filled through competitive examination. Applicants shall be subject to review of experience and character and may be disqualified if it is determined specified requirements are not met. Examinations shall be practical, and shall relate to those matters that will fairly test the relative capacity of the persons examined to discharge the duties of the position to which they seek to be appointed and, when appropriate, shall include, or exclusively consist of, tests of physical qualifications, and manual skill. No limitation or restriction whatsoever shall be imposed, excepting to the extent permitted by applicable state or federal law in the departments of fire and police, fixing a maximum age in excess of which persons shall be deprived from taking examinations for or being employed in the classified civil service. The provisions of Section 104(i) regarding discrimination on the basis of age shall not prohibit fixing a maximum age in the departments of fire and police if otherwise authorized by this section.
Amended by: Charter Amendment Q § 2, approved March 8, 2011, effective April 8, 2011.