THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION
ONE ASHBURTON PLACE, BOSTON, MA 02108
DEVAL L. PATRICK LESLIE A. KIRWAN
TIMOTHY P. MURRAY PAUL DIETL
Lieutenant Governor Chief Human Resources Officer
TO: Municipal Appointing Authorities; Human Resources Directors; Fire Chiefs and
FROM: Paul D. Dietl, Chief Human Resources Officer
DATE: September 8, 2009
RE: Certification Delegation - Change in Civil Service Appointment Procedures
As referenced in our August 7, 2009 Memorandum, the Human Resources Division (HRD) will be conducting
Certification Delegation Information Sessions in the months of September and October of 2009. The information
sessions will outline Municipal Appointing Authorities’ responsibilities for all hiring and promotions for police and
fire public safety positions.
The delegation of the hiring and promotion process provides municipalities with more decision-making authority
and freedom to act and will expedite the selection process. With this delegation, municipalities are expected to
make appropriate decisions, in accordance with Civil Service laws and regulations, during the selection process.
HRD is available at all times to provide consultation, guidance and training on the selection process guidelines.
HRD, when requested, will continue to issue lists for all entry-level police and firefighter vacancies. Upon
establishment, departmental promotional lists will be sent to Appointing Authorities who may now promote
candidates immediately when vacancies occur. HRD will continue to audit and approve all entry-level appointments
for all communities under the federal consent decrees.
We look forward to your feedback and suggestions for making this transition seamless.
The list of the current scheduled informational sessions is attached. Please review the locations and reserve seats by
emailing Matthew Knosp at Matthew.Knosp@state.ma.us
or by calling me at 617-878-9875. As more informational sessions become available, our website will be updated
accordingly. Please find us at www.mass.gov/hrd.
If you have any questions, concerns or advice, please contact Sally McNeely at firstname.lastname@example.org or Regina
Caggiano at RCaggiano@hrd.state.ma.us.