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Statistics of the Year's Work The work of the examinations division for the year may be summarized as follows: Examinations of 1909 completed in 1910:
dates Open competitive examinations............. ... 2 113 Competitive promotion examinations.......
No. of examinations.
NO. O cand.
Examinations of 1910 completed:
Total number of persons examined........
The following table affords a comparison of the number of persons examined during the past five years :
Oral Examinations More oral examinations have been held during 1910 than during 1909, including examinations for the following positions: Assistant supervisor of equipment, Public Service Commission, Second District, $2,000 per annum; physician; transfer tax appraiser,
Department of State Comptroller, New York and Kings counties; probation officer, Oneida county; court and trust fund examiner, Department of State Comptroller; examiner of municipal accounts, Department of State Comptroller; franchise examiner, Public Service Commission, First District; instructor, State Agricultural and Industrial School; assistant actuary, Insurance Department, $3,000; assistant examiner, Insurance Department, $1,800; assistant corporation examiner, Secretary of State, $1,500; bank examiner; motor cycle officer; prison guard; supervisor of agricultural education, Education Department, $2,500; assistant principal keeper, Clinton prison, $1,500; stock transfer examiner, Comptroller's office; chief clerk, Division of Telephones and Telegraphs, Public Service Commission; guard, State Agricultural and Industrial School.
The increasing number of examinations in which the oral test with rating on personality has been introduced seems to indicate the increasing favor with which it is regarded by appointing officers, and the Chief Examiner repeats what was stated in his last report, that many“ positions in the State service have been placed in the non-competitive or the exempt class on the ground that competition was not practicable — or rather it should be said, because the appointing officers felt that competition of the usual written examination would not bring satisfactory results. It is true that in many important positions the element of personality is of the greatest importance and appointing officers have taken the ground that they were better able to select satisfactory employees than the Civil Service Commission.”
Upon the application of State Comptroller Williams, the Commission placed the position of transfer tax appraiser in the competitive class, but the request of the Comptroller was accompanied by the statement that he would not make this request to subject such an important position of a peculiarly confidential nature to the ordinary civil service examination, but that he would be willing to have such employees selected from an examination in which due weight should be given to education, experience and personal fitness. It is believed that the list resulting from the examinations for transfer tax appraiser, New York and Kings counties, contains the names of men peculiarly well qualified for the position,
and that no such satisfactory eligible register could have been prepared without the rating upon the oral examination.
In all of the examinations mentioned above, the oral examination has produced highly satisfactory results. Referring particularly to the matter of the rating for personal qualifications in the examination for bank examiner, Superintendent of Banks Cheney, in an address delivered before the State Bankers’ Association held at Cooperstown, N. Y., in the summer of 1910, said, referring to the State bank examiners:
“In my opinion they are energetic, enthusiastic and efficient. Thanks to the Civil Service Commission, we are now adding to the service men rated upon their experience, education and personality, rather than upon mere ability to answer written questions. We are obtaining experienced bank men of dignity and judgment as the material from which capable examiners will be developed.”
Promotion Examinations. Attention is again invited to the statistical table of competitive promotion examinations held in 1910, showing the number of competitors “entitled to enter and notified” for each examination. It appears that thirty-two examinations were held in which three or fewer candidates competed, whereas 522 persons were notified for and entitled to enter the same.
1. Number of competitive promotion ex
aminations.......... 2. Number of competitors:
Passed......... 3. Average number of competitors in each
Failed.... 4. Number of examinations in which three or
less persons competed ....... Number eligible for examination... 5. Under 4, number passed and failed:
Engineering Examinations. As usual, examinations for engineering positions and those of a like character have formed a very large part of the work of the examinations division, but it is believed that a larger proportion of this work has been done in the office during the current year than during several previous years. It has been found necessary to secure but little outside assistance in this connection.
Condition of the Work on December 31st.
For the first time since 1902 the Chief Examiner is able to report that all examinations held during the current year have been completed and reported upon at this date.
On March 31, 1910, the Commission classified the service of the following villages: Ossining, Port Chester, Peekskill, White Plains, Saratoga Springs, Batavia and Canandaigua, and for the first time in the history of this commission it became necessary to hold examinations similar to those held in the smaller cities, such as for patrolman, police department; superintendent of streets; sanitary inspector; water meter inspector; inspector of sewer construction, etc. Local examiners have been appointed in each village to take care of examinations held in these places, but all examinations for the position of patrolman or policeman have thus far been held under the direct supervision of the Chief Examiner or assistant examiner from Albany. The examination for policeman consisted of an easy written examination covering spelling, arithmetic, letterwriting, and plain copy, with a weight of four; age and physical development, four; experience and previous training, two. It is believed that this examination has resulted satisfactorily, candidates being required to be not less than five feet eight inches in height, and between the ages of twenty-one and forty years. In the case of many examinations, however, the competition was so extremely limited that candidates cannot be held to a very high standard of qualifications.
Examination for Stenographer. Up to the year 1909, it had been found necessary to hold the stenographer examination twice a year, but after careful consideration of the subject the Chief Examiner deemed that, by making a few minor changes, better results could be accomplished. This seems to be proven by the fact that from the examination held in March, 1910, an eligible list of 150 males and 304 females was established on July 1, 1910, which has proved ample for all requirements and will furnish abundant material up to July 1, 1911, excepting that candidates can seldom be secured for positions in the State hospitals and institutions at low salaries.
Examinations for Game Protector. For many years the position of game protector was classified in the non-competitive class because it was doubtful whether an examination could be devised which would bring out satisfactorily the qualifications demanded in such a position. The Chief Examiner is of the opinion, however, that the examination as now constituted is calculated to meet the requirements of the situation with satisfaction, and no complaints have been heard. This examination consists of an easy test in spelling, letterwriting and arithmetic, with a weight of four, questions on the game law, weight six, together with a rating for experience and personal qualifications with a weight of ten. During the year 1910, examinations have been held for thirty counties, and with few exceptions there has been abundant competition. It is believed that the Forest, Fish and Game Commissioner has been able to select from the eligible registers men well qualified for this position.
High Grade Positions. Among the high grade and high salaried positions for which examinations have been held during 1910 are the following: Director of Laboratories, State Department of Health, $3,000 per annum; Transfer Tax Appraiser, New York and Kings counties, $4,000; Medical Superintendent, Letchworth Village, $4,500 with maintenance for the superintendent and family (Letchworth Village is the new State institution for the feeble-minded and epileptic,