Examinations at Portland. A Portland, Ore., paper says: How to proceed with the examination for chief ot the fire department is a question that is giving the members of the Civil Service Commission some study just now. A permanent successor to the late Chief Campbell, who was killed in an oil explosion, must be chosen sooner or later and the position is under civil service. When the civil service rules were adopted and put into force in Portland, David Campbell was retained as chief of the fire department wdthout any special examination. Now, however, before an eligible list can be certified an examination must be held The scope of this examination is what is bothering the members of the commission. How many points, it any, shall be allowed for experience or length of service in the department and what questions shall be propounded are problems to be worked out.