San Francisco Appointments
The fire and civil service commission of San Francisco have ended the long drawn out scrap, which a local newspaper says “was sometimes bitter, always foolish and did much to impair the efficiency of the fire department.” For several months the civil service commission has been claiming the right to certify only one name for vacancies. The fire commissioners have refused to accept one name, demanding three. A compromise has been reached, and hereafter the one at the head of an eligible list shall have the position. The two boards, acting jointly, may disqualify a person heading the list for cause. The settlement was reached after a conference of four hours, at which Fire Commissioners Hammer and Brandenstein opposed the system of picking the person heading the list. The fight had been taken to the courts, which decided in favor of certifying appointments from the three with the highest mark. The civil service commission will appeal to a higher court. It was agreed, among other things, that even if the court decision is sustained the system decided on will be in force. Following the agreement September 21, these promotions were made: Edward J. Skelly, battalion chief; William J. Coniff, Allan Matlock and Charles J. Brennan, captains, and John 11 Leckie, Edward P. Curtney, Fred J. Bowlen, Eugene J. Riordan, Martin J. Kearns and Henry G. Cull, lieutenants.