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§2491. Establishment and maintenance of employment lists

The board shall establish and maintain employment lists containing names of persons eligible for appointment to the various classes of positions in the classified service, as follows:

A.  Names of regular employees who are demoted from any class for a reason other than disciplinary action shall be placed upon the reinstatement list for the class from which they were demoted in the order in which the demotions were made.

B.  Only the names of regular employees who have been laid off in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 33:2499 shall be eligible for entry upon the reemployment list.  The names of such persons shall be entered upon the reemployment list for the class from which they were laid off in the order in which the lay-offs were made.

C.  A name placed upon either the reinstatement or the reemployment list shall remain thereon for a period of four years.  The board, however, may remove the name of any person who refuses an offer of employment following a certification from either list.

D.(1) Except as provided for in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection, names of persons attaining a passing score on a promotion test shall be placed upon the promotion employment list for the class for which they were tested, from highest to lowest, according to their total departmental seniority. The names of persons attaining a passing score on a competitive test shall be placed upon the competitive employment list for the class for which they were tested, from highest to lowest, according to their final test scores.

(2) Names of persons attaining a passing score on the promotional test in the Lake Charles Police Department shall be placed upon the promotion employment list for the class for which they were tested, from highest to lowest, according to their total promotional seniority in the next lower class. If two or more persons possess an equal amount of promotional seniority, the names of those persons shall be placed on the promotional list in the order of departmental seniority, from highest to lowest.

E.  Any person whose name is placed upon the competitive employment list for the entrance or lowest ranking class in the classified service who has served in the armed forces of the United States of America during the times of war, and has been honorably discharged or discharged under honorable conditions, shall have added to his final test score a total of five points at the time of placing his name upon the list.  Proof of such service and discharge shall be required by the board in any manner it deems advisable.

F.(1)  The minimum and maximum period for which a name may remain upon a competitive employment list established and maintained by the board for any of the various classes of positions in the classified fire and police service  shall be twelve and eighteen months, respectively, for each list.

(2)(a)  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the minimum and maximum period for which a name may remain upon a promotional employment list established and maintained by the board for any of the various classes of positions in the classified fire and police service shall be twelve and forty-eight months, respectively, for each list.

(b)  Except as provided in R.S. 33:2491.4(D), the provisions of this Paragraph shall apply to any promotional employment list established and maintained by the board pursuant to this Part for any of the various classes of positions in the classified fire and police service containing the names of eligible persons on and after August 1, 2013.

G.  The employment lists for which eligibles are obtained from the results of tests given for that purpose shall be reestablished in the manner further provided by this Part.

H.(1) Except as provided in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection, when new names are to be placed upon a promotion list for a given class, the remaining names thereon shall be rearranged with the new names so that all names appearing upon the list for the class shall rank, from highest to lowest, according to total departmental seniority in the departmental service.

(2) When new names are to be placed upon a promotion list for a given class in the Lake Charles Police Department, the remaining names thereon shall be rearranged with the new names so that all names appearing upon the list for the class shall rank, from highest to lowest, according to total promotional seniority in the next lower class from which the promotion list is established. If two or more persons possess an equal amount of promotional seniority, the names of those persons shall be placed on the promotional list in the order of departmental seniority, from highest to lowest.

(3) When new names are to be placed upon a competitive list for a given class, the remaining names thereon shall be rearranged with the new names so that all names appearing upon the list for the class shall rank, from highest to lowest, according to their final test scores.

I.  A person who has attained a passing score on an examination administered by the state examiner for entrance police officer, entrance firefighter, or for the entrance classes for which the operation and maintenance of radio, alarm, or signal systems for the respective fire or police services is the primary duty may have his name placed on the employment list of any municipality, parish, or fire protection district under the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service System, provided the person's application and score are accepted by the board of the municipality, parish, or fire protection district in which he seeks employment.  In order that his name may be placed upon the employment eligibility list, a person shall be required to meet the minimum qualifications adopted as rules of the respective civil service board, as if making original application for admission to the test.  The eligibility of such an applicant shall not continue past the date on which his original eligibility expired.

Amended by Acts 1981, No. 937, §1; Acts 1992, No. 213, §1; Acts 1993, No. 186, §1; Acts 2006, No. 216, §1, eff. July 1, 2006; Acts 2013, No. 331, §1. Acts 2015, No. 243, §1.

The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Law was amended as a result of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session. As of this writing, the web sites of both the Legislature of the State of Louisiana and West Group (West Law) have not posted the civil service law in its final amended form. However, we have added the above section to reflect the changes in the law. The additions are temporarily underlined, and upon verification with the final publication of the law, will be incorporated into the existing language.