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McKiernan v. Civil Service Commission of City of Bridgeport

Court of Appeals of Connecticut

April 2, 2019

EDWARD MCKIERNAN
v.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF BRIDGEPORT ET AL.

          Argued January 7, 2019

         Procedural History

         Action for a declaratory judgment that, inter alia, the plaintiff be allowed to retake the oral assessment portion of a certain police detective promotional examination, and for other relief, brought to the Superior Court in the judicial district of Fairfield and tried to the court, Hon. Michael Hartmere, judge trial referee; judgment for the defendants, from which the plaintiff appealed to this court. Affirmed.

          John T. Bochanis, for the appellant (plaintiff).

          John P. Bohannon, Jr., deputy city attorney, for the appellees (defendants).

          Sheldon, Keller and Flynn, Js.

          OPINION

          SHELDON, J.

         The plaintiff, Edward McKiernan, appeals from the trial court's judgment, rendered after a trial to the court, denying his request for a declaratory judgment allowing him to retake the oral assessment portion of the city of Bridgeport's 2015 detective promotional examination and prohibiting the defendants[1] from certifying the results of that examination or promoting candidates on the basis of those results. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the trial court erred by rendering judgment in favor of the defendants on the basis of its finding that the challenged examination was administered in accordance with the requirements of the charter of the city of Bridgeport. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

         The following procedural history and facts, as found by the trial court, are relevant to our disposition of this appeal. The plaintiff has been employed as a Bridgeport police officer since May, 2000. The defendant Civil Service Commission of the City of Bridgeport (commission) is responsible for formulating and administering promotional examinations for certain employees of the city of Bridgeport. In March, 2015, the commission held a promotional examination for the position of detective, in which the plaintiff participated. The examination consisted of two parts: a written multiple choice portion and an oral assessment. The latter portion of the examination, which was administered on March 16, 2015, is the subject of this appeal.

         Seventy-one candidates, including the plaintiff, participated in the oral assessment portion of the promotional examination for the position of detective on that date. The trial court found the following: ‘‘Upon arrival each candidate was given a four page document entitled ‘Bridgeport Police Department-Detective Assessment Candidate Introduction/Orientation' which, in pertinent part, provided: Welcome to the Detective Assessment Process. This document will provide important information about your participation in this assessment process. Please read over this document carefully. . . . Following this orientation period, you will be taken to a preparation room. In this room, you will receive specific instructions for the various components in this assessment process, a pad of paper and a writing utensil. . . . The assessment process consists of a series of components that will be performed in a single assessment room and video-recorded.

         ‘‘[The] [f]ollowing is an overview of the components and their order: Presentation: Your primary task in the preparation room should be to review the warrant affidavit, and prepare your response to the presentation exercise. . . . Scenario-based interview: You will be presented with several distinct scenarios involving crimes and will be asked to respond to them as if you were the detective assigned to the case. The first scenario in this component will not be given to you in the preparation instructions, rather it will be read to you via the video once in the assessment room. The scenario will also be presented on a card on the desk and you will be instructed when to flip it over. Once it is read to you, you must immediately provide your response. The second and third [scenarios] in this component will be given to you in the preparation instructions. These scenarios will not be re-read to you in the assessment, the video will simply ask you to provide your response[s]. You may use your time in the preparation room to review the scenarios. . . .

         ‘‘Procedural Interview: Immediately after responding to the scenario-based questions, you will respond to two (2) questions that deal with the process of interviewing and interrogating victims/suspects/witnesses. You may use your time in the preparation room to review Question 1. Question 2 will be read to you via the video once in the assessment. . . .

         ‘‘Preparation: When it is your turn to start the assessment, you will be placed in a preparation room and will be provided with the presentation instructions along with the warrant affidavit; two (2) of the scenario-based interview scenarios; and one (1) of the procedural-based interview questions. You will have thirty minutes (30:00) to read these instructions and prepare any notes. . . . Transition: After preparation, proctors will escort you promptly to the assessment room. . . .

         ‘‘Assessment: You will be placed in an assessment room. There will be a proctor in this room who will start an audio/video recording that will guide you through the assessment process. The proctor will also start two video cameras that will record your performance. Once the audio/video starts, it will instruct you to respond to the following items in this order . . . . Delivery of responses to [s]cenario-based [i]nterview questions: Scenario 1: Scenario 1 WILL be read to you via the video. It will also be imprinted on a card that will be on the desk in the assessment room. You will have four minutes (4:00) to respond to this scenario. Scenario 2: Scenario 2 WILL NOT be read to you via the recording. The video will simply prompt you when to respond. You will have four minutes ...


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