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Citizen-Times (Newspaper) - August 13, 1964, Cedar Rapids, IowaC to h f a i 08-8 t a it see Iowa 52401 lawyer says civil service am Wor our appointed aug171964 weekly at Cedar rapids Iowa vol in number xxv tvs Trout Frt i Faugust 13, 1964 Cedar rapids attorney Robert Nelson representing three firemen sus Pended from their jobs last week told the citizen times today that notice of Appeal of the suspension has been served to each of the three members of the Mission and to John sea ton City personnel director Nelson told the Citi zen times that notice was served on commission members individually in Stead of to the clerk of the civil service commission As provided by the code of Iowa because the fact is that the City of Cedar rapids does not have a duly constituted clerk of Trie civil service commis Sion As required by the according to Nelson John Seaton City personnel director who acts As clerk for the civil service com Mission is not legally appointed clerk of the com Mission and therefore can not act in that Nelson cited Section commission and his duties As such clerk shall have precedence Over any additional duties of his re Gular employment. A Seaton employed by City As personnel director is not a member of the City Cerk s staff Nel son Saifur and therefore was not appointed to the e Posi Tion of clerk of the com Mission in the manner pre scribed by the code. According to Nelson the absence of a legally appointed clerk not affect the Legal qualification of the three Man commis Sion to hold hearings and conduct other commission business but Nelson Sta Ted the absence of a duly constituted clerk does raise the question of effecting an Appeal to the commission As required by the code. In this Case we found it necessary to serve notice of Appeal to All Mem Bers of the commission in order to make sure the rights of the applicants Are protected from Dis Missal of Appeal on proc nut Lek Aav Ujj i ii Oil pm o. A. Labor votes backing for fire fighters p Roper or ap1 pointed civil service com Mission clerk. The specific requirement said spells out clearly How the clerk May hold that office and or. Seaton does not satisfy those re Section 365.4, cited by states that in cities having a population More than the com Mission shall appoint an employee in the City clerk s office who is employed under the provisions of this chapter to be clerk of the Root being Axi hered to this instance l j said and we Are taking action not required by the Law because it is not being complied with by the com following the appeals filed with the commission on wednesday formal specifications of the charges be submitted to the commission within five Days by Cedar rapids fire chief Jesse Hunter after which the commission will set a hearing Date for action on the appeals. Support continued to mount this week for three Cedar rapids firemen who were sus Pended from their jobs for ninety ing their violation1 fire department Trule that prohibits members of the fire service from releasing information or relative to the fire servicevw2thoutj Clearing f through the fire a unanimous Ion of support was Gippi the suspended Trio Don Ken Chuck Schmitt and Gordon executive Board Cedar rapids labor Assembly tuesday evening following Attivo hour closed door sess Ion that heard Klien and Schmitt spell whoa there Hess when Danny the horse stopped a Little suddenly the other Day he almost gave three year old Janet Kriz a ride she had t been counting on but practice equestrian Jane daughter of or. And mrs. Vern Kriz 2431 Wilson Avenue so Hung on for dear life and kept her seat. The Little rider has been ordering Danny around for More than a year and took her first ride at 2 to. A act begins . Rights Survey thirty Volunteer. Interviewers Are visiting negro Homes in Cedar rapids this week posing a series of questions bearing on civil rights to members of the negro Community. Information gathered by the interview teams will be Al valued and incorporated in a report on civil rights in Cedar rapids that will be presented to the human rights commission and other interested groups. Conducted by the local chapter of the a act the Survey will attempt to reach every negro household in the City and Querry family Heads re Garding their experiences in Cedar rapids concerning registration and voting service at hotels theatres etc., place ment and treatment of children in school use of City facilities Home renting and buying employment opportunities and group member ships. A act coordinating committee chairman Myr a Ervin told the citizen times that a bout a month will be needed to finish the sur vey and that tabulation of results and final presentation to the human rights commission will probably be made by late autum. Commenting on the purpose of the Survey mrs. Erwin said that the a act had two reasons for the under taking. Firstly we Are interested in securing More information re Garding civil rights in Cedar rapid sin order to help in devising a pro Gram of Public education about civil rights. At there is not enough Public aware Ness about civil mrs. Ervin stated we Are interested in gaining additional information for our own working committees in the areas of housing employment and citizen times series to probe City manager government in response to num Erous requests from readers asking for More information on the subject the citizen times will begin next week a six part series on the City manager form of municipal government. Written by citizen times news editor Tom Kunc the articles will examine both positive and negative aspects of the City manager plan and present compar Isons Between that form of City government and other alternative forms of f municipal manage ment. Reader inquiries will be welcomed and quest ions should be addressed to the citizen times news department. Another citizen times news special begin a next week and suspensions that were handed Down by fire chief Jesse Hunte r following collective bargaining attempts by the Union. The labor Assembly executive Board went on record As standing behind the firemen in their wage and hour ask Ings and sent messages to the City Council and chief Hunter requesting that the suspended fire men be reinstated at once with full pay for time already lost. The Board ing nearly Mem Bers of organized labor in Cedar rapids stated that their support will take any form necessary to achieve better wages and conditions of the local firemen and the reinstatement of the three suspended. The Board also recommended that its 60 member unions go on record in support of the firemen individually and express their concern by messages to the Council. The suspended firemen filed an Appeal this week to the Cedar rapids civil Servic commiss Ion who must confirm the suspensions under state Law

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