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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              December 8, 2005    






City Department of Human Resources Director Ken Nakamatsu announced today that the City will administer a new firefighter recruit written test in February and rescind scores from the September 10, 2005, written test.

“The decision to administer a new test was made after it recently came to the attention of the Department of Human Resources that the vendor, I/O Solutions, which provided the written test to the City, had a practice test and study guide available for purchase by the general public,” said Nakamatsu. “An investigation and consultation with independent testing experts led us to conclude that some candidates may have therefore had an unfair advantage on the prior test.”

The Department of Human  Resources has demanded  reimbursement of the costs of the test –$23,500 – from I/O Solutions and  has adopted  procedures to ensure that the City’s test vendors do not publicly post or distribute material that could compromise tests in the future.

“We regret the inconvenience of this action and ask for the candidates’ understanding that it is necessary to ensure fairness and integrity in the testing process,” Nakamatsu said.

Only the 2,309 candidates who took the September 10 written test will be eligible to take the new test, which is scheduled for February 25, 2006. Letters about the new test are being sent to each of the eligible candidates.

 Fire Chief Attilio Leonardi said, “We anticipate a three-month delay in our hiring process, which will not affect public safety.”

More than 4,000 people applied to be firefighters in June when the City issued its first call for recruits in more than three years.



Media contact: 


            Ken Nakamatsu, director of Human Resources, 523-4809


Thursday, December 08, 2005

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