Harford deputies drop bid to delay promotion exam

November 13, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

Fourteen deputies and Local 838 of the Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union dropped their legal battle to delay tomorrow's law enforcement promotional exams after Sheriff Robert E. Comes Thursday ordered an indefinite postponement of the tests.

"We got what we wanted," John J. Miner, president of the deputies union, said on Friday.

Exams for correctional officers scheduled for Thursday are not affected by the sheriff's order.

Mr. Comes was not available for comment.

Sheriff-elect Joseph P. Meadows said Friday that he would make no decision about rescheduling the exams until he assumes control of the sheriff's office Dec. 5.

The deputies' complaint, filed in Harford Circuit Court Nov. 3, had sought to postpone the promotional exams for the ranks of corporal, sergeant and lieutenant until options could be worked out for deputies scheduled to work tonight, and those scheduled to appear in court or work tomorrow during the tests. The tests were were to begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The complaint was signed by 14 deputies and Michael Marshall, attorney for the deputies union.

"I feel very confident that, when the exams are rescheduled, the new sheriff will be responsive to our concerns and provide optional times and dates so everyone eligible to take the tests will have a fair and equal opportunity," Mr. Miner said.

Mr. Marshall said Friday that he would ask Judge William O. Carr to dismiss the suit without prejudice, which means the deputies could refile it if their concerns were not resolved.

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