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Milwaukee (Wis.) Board of City Service Commissioners
5......., Louis Klebenow....... Feb. 5....... Chas. F. Joers....
BOARD OF CITY SERVICE COMMISSIONERS.
Chas. H. STROHMEYER, .. Term expires on the first Monday in July,
... Term expires on the first Monday in July,
. . . . . Term expires on the first Monday in July,
EMMONS E. CHAPIN, . . . . Term expires on the first Monday in Lely
To Honorable Wm. G. Rauschenberger,
Mayor of the City of Milwaukee: In compliance with a provision of the Wisconsin Civil Service Act, the undersigned, the Board of City Service Commissioners of the City of Milwaukee, herewith submit their second annual report.
Since our first report the Board has taken the labor service of the City under its jurisdiction. Rules were adopted in April, 1896, providing for the registration of applicants for employment as skilled and common laborers.
Under the law as interpreted by the City Attorney, it was considered that persons then steadily employed by the City in this department, as well as in the official service, would remain undisturbed until they should voluntarily quit the service or be discharged, but all laborers thereafter required must be taken from the lists of approved applicants in the office of this Board. These lists are not made in pursuance of competitive examinations. Common laborers are subjected to no tests except as to physical health and strength and to habits affecting their reliability and efficiency; laborers seeking employment as mechanics, or in any industry requiring skill, are examined as to their qualifications and experience in such industry; and all are registered in the order of their applications.
It was deemed best to register laborers seeking employment under the ward superintendents, by wards, so that those residing in the ward should have preference in such employment. This branch of the service has very greatly added to the labor of the Board and of its Secretary. Fifteen hundred and fifty-four (1554) applications have been made during the nine months since the work was undertaken, of which the greater part have been registered and entered upon appropriate eligible lists after careful examination of such applications, and, when necessary, personal examination of the applicants.
Other applicants are awaiting such examination.
of the City has made it necessary to prepare a great number of lists of eligibles from which to meet the requisitions of that department. The experience of the Board in the application of civil service principles has from time to time suggested changes in the rules first adopted. Such changes and the additions pertaining to the labor service rendered a general revision advisable. Accordingly, a revised and more complete code of rules was prepared and adopted by this Board January 9th, 1897, and went into effect January 12th, 1897, the date of your approval. A copy of such revised rules is hereto appended as part of this report.
It has been the special effort of this Board during the past year to secure a complete list of the officers and employes of the City, with the several departments and grades, as well as compensation, of their service. By the civil service law under which we are acting, the appointing power in every department of the city government is required to give immediate notice in writing to this Board of all appointments, temporary or permanent, made in those branches or departments of the civil service of the city which are subject to the act and to the rules of the Board, and of all transfers, promotions, resignations or vacancies from any cause in such service, and of the date thereof, and this Board is required to keep a record thereof.
Whenever any office or place of employment, subject to such rules, is created or abolished, or the compensation attached thereto is altered, the officer or board making such change is also required to report the same immediately in writing to this Board. The act further requires this Board to certify to the Comptroller all appointments to offices and places in the civil service of the city, subject to such rules, and all vacancies occurring therein, whether by dismissal, resignation or death, and the City Comptroller is forbidden to approve, and the City Treasurer to make, payment of any salary or wages to any person subject to such rules, for services as an officer or employe of the City, before the appointment of such person to the city service has been certified to the Comptroller by the Board, or after the vacation of such person's office or employment shall have been so certified.
In view of these provisions of the law, it is evident that the preservation in the office of this Board of an accurate record of the civil lists of the City, showing at all times the names, positions and compensation of all persons employed by the City in any capacity or position affected by civil service rules, is of the very highest importance. Without it, it would be impossible for this Board to determine whether the requirements of the law are observed by the appointing and disbursing officers of the City.