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The cost by cities for local examinations, covering room rent,
The appropriations available for the current fiscal year are: Salary of chief examiner: Appropriation. ....
$3,600 00 Expenses of chief examiner: Balance. .
......... $243 78 Appropriation. . . ...
400 00 643 78
Salaries of clerks:
.... $2,859 02 Appropriation. . . ................ 3,000 00
The probable appropriations necessary for the fiscal year
Senior examiner ........ ...... $2,400 00
Junior examiner ................. 1,000 00 4,800 00 Expenses of examiners and stenographer......... 300 00 Salaries of clerks:
Stenographer. ................... $900 00
Stenographer. ................... 720 00 1,620 00 Expenses of examinations....................... 4,500 00
The only increases suggested are in the items of chief examiner's expenses, $100; expenses of examinations, $1,500, and salary of senior examiner, $400. In the first two items large cuts were made last year on account of the balances then standing to their credit, and the amounts should now be at least partially restored to their former figures. I suggest an increase in the salary.of the senior examiner, not only on account of the ability and value of the present incumbent, but also in consideration of the importance of his duties and the natural requirements of the position.
Non-competitive examinations The number of persons examined for positions in the noncompetitive class is 2286. The majority of these examinations are conducted by the local boards of examiners in the various institutions, but the papers are given some review in the office of the Commission, and are all recorded there. In some cases we are called on to furnish questions for these examinations to the local boards, and such assistance is promptly afforded. For the positions in the Department of Public Buildings and the Forest, Fish and Game Commission the non-competitive examinations are conducted directly by the Commission's examiners. Such examinations have numbered thirty-one for the year. No important changes in the non-competitive classification have been made during the year.
A new edition of the manual of examinations was issued about July first, and the supply on hand will probably last until about May 1, 1903. A new supply should be prepared in time to replace the present one when exhausted.
A new form of mailing list has been prepared on which are entered the names of those who desire information of all examinations, as well as those who inquire about special examinations of infrequent occurrence for which no date is fixed at the time of the inquiry.
Promotion examinations have been held from time to time, as shown by the table appended hereto. As the system of competition for promotion becomes better understood the questions arising are more easily and promptly settled without the necessity of appealing to the Commission for a ruling in each case.
l'nsatisfactory features of the administration of the civil service law and rules in the smaller cities of the state are often brought to the attention of the Commission. These are in most instances due to a lack of understanding of the proper procedure under the rules. The Commission's experience with an inspector for the city service is sufficient to demonstrate the value of such work. I would suggest that there are many opportunities during the year for the secretary and chief examiner to visit the various cities of the state with little expense or loss of time and make some inspection of the work of the local commissions and give suggestions for feasible improvements. In this way I believe much good could be accomplished and assistance rendered which the municipal commissions would appreciate highly.
Appendices I have in preparation and will submit to be published in the annual report appendices as follows:
1 List of open competitive examinations for the year 1902, showing number examined, passed and failed for each position. 2 Statistics of competitors with respect to age, education, birthplace and previous occupation, arranged in groups according to the nature of the position and examination.
3 List of competitive promotion examinations, with number examined, passed and failed.
4 List of non-competitive promotion examinations.
8 Tables showing the number examined in competitive and non-competitive examinations since the inception of the Commission.
9 Organization of the Commission and of the several boards of examiners.
10 Complete text of the opinions of the attorney-general and digest of court decisions affecting the civil service law and rules delivered during the year 1902.