Firefighters Retake Test They Once Called Unfair Results Different from Earlier Scores

By Tabor, Terri | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 14, 1998 | Go to article overview

Firefighters Retake Test They Once Called Unfair Results Different from Earlier Scores


Tabor, Terri, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Terri Tabor Daily Herald Staff Writer

In May, eight firefighters eligible for the rank of lieutenant decided to throw out their promotional test scores and retake the test to make sure everyone received a fair shake.

Now that the results are in, the person they believed was scored unfairly tops the list.

Last year, the Batavia firefighters union and the Illinois Labor Relations Board alleged Ed Jancauskas was given a low score on a subjective merit part of the test because he heads the local firefighters union.

On the merit test, firefighters are graded on how they perform their duties.

Firefighters said they didn't understand how Jancauskas, who had been with the department 11 years and had been the officer in charge at Station 2, could score the third lowest on merit.

City and fire department administrators maintained the test was graded fairly.

The city and union avoided playing out the scenario before a judge by agreeing to have the firefighters retake the subjective part of the test this summer. …

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