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August 22, 2013

Essex County will do its own fingerprinting

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TOP THREE QUALIFY

Although the state fees may increase, those who are unemployed or receiving County Department of Social Services benefits get a waiver from the charge, Feeley said, but the county must still pay the state fee.

No one on the committee showed any interest in increasing the exam fees that the county charges, and no action was taken.

Once the exam is given, the state requires that the person hired score in the top three, Feeley said.

“It’s up to the department head to interview those candidates and decide which is the best for their office.”

But Palmer said many applicants don’t put any effort into getting chosen, and that becomes a problem.

“They interview terribly. They don’t prepare for the interview. They don’t know what the job is about.

“They think if they scored in the top three they’re going to get hired.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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