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To receive City employment in a classified non-union or union position, you must first take a Civil Service Test. All tests are job-specific and offered at different times. To register to take an examination, please file an application with the Civil Service Office through GovernmentJobs.com.
An Eligibility List is a ranking of all candidates who applied for a position and passed the exam(s) given by the Civil Service Commission. Candidates are ranked on the list based on their exam scores from highest to lowest. Scores are also calculated to include any military service credit that was submitted with an application. In the case of a tie, the candidate who applied first will be placed higher on the list, unless one candidate has military credit, then that candidate will be given priority. Candidates who did not pass the exam(s) will not be placed on the Eligibility List.
Eligibility lists are used when an appointing authority wishes to fill a vacancy in the classified service. After a request is made by the appointing authority, the Civil Service Commission can provide a certified list of the top ten candidates or the top 25%, whichever number is higher. For every extra vacancy one extra name may be added to the certified list. The certified list will be sent to the appropriate department, they must then select a candidate from the provided list of names to fill the vacancy. If a candidate fails to respond to an interview request, fails to appear for an interview, declines the position, or cannot be reached they may be removed from the certified list and eligibility list.
An Eligibility list is active for one year. After one year is up the list will expire. A list may close before the one year period is up if; there are no more candidates on the list or the position is filled and the list is closed. In the case of continuous positions, new candidates will be merged onto the current list and will expire after one year from that date. Adding more candidates to an existing list will not change the expiration date for those currently on the list, they will still expire after one year.
Canton Civil Service examinations are given on pre-determined dates and may be given at various locations including the 3rd floor of Canton City Hall. You can find out when the next testing date is, both for general testing and for specialized positions, by calling the Civil Service Office at 330-489-3360. Some large tests, like the police and fire tests, are given in alternate locations to accommodate large numbers of test takers. If this is the case, applicants will be contacted via email to notify them of the testing date and locations.
To find information of your hiring status, please contact the Civil Service Department at 330-489-3360. We will provide you with information we have on your status or direct you to the appropriate department for further details.
Regular Commission meetings occur once a month, on the third Wednesday of the month. The meetings usually begin at 8:00 am and take place at Canton City Hall in Council Chambers. The Commission may also hold a Special Meeting if needed that occurs separately from the Regular meetings. Upcoming meetings can be found in the Public Meeting Calendar on the website.
No - there are roughly thirty management and clerical positions within city government that are considered "unclassified" positions. These positions are appointed directly by the Mayor. To apply for a management position, you should speak directly with the Mayor's Office by calling 330-438-4307.
As provided in ORC 124.23C, any person who has completed service in the uniformed services, who have been honorably discharged from the uniformed services or transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service, and who is an Ohio resident and any member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio National Guard, who has completed more than 180 days of active duty service pursuant to an executive order of the President of the United States or an act of Congress of the United States may file with the director a certificate of service or honorable discharge (DD-214 – Long version), and upon this filing, the person shall receive an additional credit of twenty percent (20%) of the person's total grade given in the examination in which the person receives a passing grade. A member in good standing of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio National Guard, who successfully completes the member's initial entry-level training shall receive a credit of fifteen percent (15%) of the person's total grade given in the examination in which the person receives a passing grade. Applicants are solely responsible for making Commission staff members aware of previous filings of discharge papers by the application deadline if bonus credit is to be claimed.
In order to receive credit, applicants MUST attach a copy of their DD-214 to their application. Bonus credit CANNOT be used to increase a non-passing score to a passing score. Credit is only given to those who pass their exam.