Grievances alleging improprieties on police exam are denied

July 28, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A personnel officer has denied grievances filed by three Anne Arundel police officers who alleged that a lieutenant passed information on a recent promotional exam to lower-ranking officers for a price and asking that results of the test be thrown out.

In a letter obtained by The Sun, personnel officer E. Hilton Wade Jr. said the statements of Lt. Ronald Bateman, who charges $100 for a course to help applicants prepare for the exams, and Joseph Yunker, the county personnel administrator who wrote the questions, "demonstrate their high personal and professional standards of ethics."

Sgt. William C. King of the Western District and Cpl. Henry F. Affeldt and Officer William G. Schepleng, both of the special operations section, filed the complaint after the tests were administered in March.

They alleged that Mr. Yunker, who helped develop the test, passed on questions to Lieutenant Bateman, who then passed them on to his students.

None of the three officers who filed the complaints could be reached yesterday for comment.

Mr. Wade, a spokesman for the personnel department, said he would not comment on the matter because the officers could appeal his decision to the personnel board.

Lieutenant Bateman said he felt vindicated by the decision, and that complaints were based on rumors and motivated by sour grapes.

"To listen to them testify [during the personnel hearing June 28] was an embarrassment to my profession," Lieutenant Bateman said.

Sergeant King, Corporal Affeldt and Officer Schepleng testified that Mr. Yunker passed test information to Lieutenant Bateman during one or more meetings between the two.

However, Mr. Wade noted in his letter that none of the three officers attended the alleged meetings or saw them take place. It was another policeman, Sgt. David Evans, who heard from another party that Lieutenant Bateman had mentioned meeting with Mr. Yunker during a Dec. 9 class.

The three officers testified that they had heard that all of Lieutenant Bateman's students had scored in the 90s on the test. But Mr. Wade said records showed that of the 14 students who took the lieutenant's course, two failed, two scored in the 70s, four scored in the 80s, five scored in the 90s and one did not show up for the exam.

Lieutenant Bateman and Mr. Yunker testified that they met once on Oct. 3 for 40 to 50 minutes so the lieutenant could talk about ideas for his company -- The Promotional Edge -- and get the administrator's ideas on study methods.

They said the test material was not discussed, and Mr. Yunker testified that he didn't even make up the questions until February.

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