32 registered to take Salem cop exam

SALEM – A total of 32 applicants have registered to take the police officer entry level exam scheduled for 7 p.m. today by the Salem Civil Service Commission.

The test will take place in the Education Building of Emmanuel Lutheran Church next to city hall, according to Salem Civil Service Commission Clerk Gary Moffett.

He explained in the first 25 minutes, applicants who show up will receive a study guide to read, then the 100-question multiple choice test will begin with a time limit of one hour and 45 minutes.

To be considered eligible for consideration, applicants must score at least 70 or higher out of 100, with extra credit given for schooling and for attending a police academy. An eligility list will be provided to city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst and Police Chief J.T. Panezott, compiled from about 25 percent of the eligible applicants, based on the highest scores.

“We’ll start looking at their qualifications and hire the best person for the job,” Panezott said, after completing background checks and interviews.

Moffett said the person selected will have to complete a psychological test and a physical.

The chief explained the intent is to hire two patrolmen from the list at this time, one to replace an officer who resigned and one to fill a spot created through recent movement and promotions in the department.

He said he wants to get the hiring done as soon as possible and said he’s looking forward to hiring a couple of people. The department will still be down a few, bringing the total number of officers to 20.

Moffett said the Salem Civil Service Commission will grade the tests, which were compiled by a testing company. He’s expecting to provide a list to Kenst and the chief by Wednesday. The list can be used for up to two years before it expires.

Mary Ann Greier can be reached at mgreier@salemnews.net