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When a vacancy occurs, or a new position is approved, an Opportunity Notice listing both the duties of the position and the qualifications for consideration is posted outside the Personnel Department. The recruitment is mentioned in the weekly East St. Louis Monitor. In addition, most positions are advertised in the Help Wanted section of the Belleville News Democrat. In some cases Monster or Career Builder or professional journals and membership lists are also used.
After the deadline for each recruitment, applications are processed and reviewed and the most qualified candidates are called for interviews. Interviews are conducted with the position’s immediate Supervisor and/or the Department Director and a member from the Personnel Department. The Personnel Department then performs reference checks on all candidates prior to the offer of employment being made. Standard criminal conviction checks and driving record checks (where relevant) are also conducted. All candidates are notified in writing as to the outcome of their applications.
Currently, the Personnel Department handles all recruitments with the exception of two areas: Patrol Officers and Fire Officers, which are handled by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners (with Personnel administrative support).
The minimum age for most City positions is 18 years old. State of Illinois labor laws require that employees working in any “dangerous” capacity, e.g., handling electrical or mechanical equipment in Public Works, must be 18 years of age.
The City currently has approximately 250 approved full-time positions.
Daily management of city services is provided by the City Manager position. This contractual position is appointed by, and is under the supervision of, the Mayor and City Council. Reporting to the City Manager are Directors for the following Departments:
The Police Department consists of Administration, Sergeants, Detectives, Patrol Officers, Telecommunicators, and Auxiliary Police Personnel.
The City offers a generous package of health, vision, dental and life insurance, holidays, vacation are offered to all full-time employees. Comprehensive group health insurance is available to all full-time employees, and may be purchased at full premium cost by part-time employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week. As a municipal entity, all employees working in excess of 1,000 hours per year participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan, while Patrol Officers and Fireman are included in the Police Pension Plan.
The City of East St. Louis prides itself on conservative staffing using experienced and dedicated employees. Our competitive salaries, excellent benefits and family-oriented work environment generally means low annual turnover. New full-time positions are approved once per year with the annual fiscal budget effective January 1st. An extensive justification of demonstrated need and anticipated service enhancement to the community is required to warrant a budget increase of this nature.