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Proposed civil service rules under fire

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The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering changes to how city workers are hired and promoted. (WVUE) The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering changes to how city workers are hired and promoted. (WVUE)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The Landrieu Administration's push to overhaul the city's civil service rules faces pushback from police and fire unions.
 
The Civil Service Commission began taking public comment Thursday morning.
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants city department heads serving at the pleasure of all mayors to have more flexibility in determining who gets hired or promoted. Right now the so-called 'rule of three' requires that new hires come from the top three performers on the civil service test.

The administration wants to change that.

Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin said some applicants or employees seeking promotion do not do well on tests and referred to the test as something that hurts some minorities who are very qualified. 

That remark sparked outrage from the head of the New Orleans Fire Fighters Association,
Nick Felton. 

Felton said it was akin to a Donald Sterling remark. Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was recorded making racially insensitive comments that led to a ban from the NBA.

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