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Recruitment Process

The City of Newport believes that hiring qualified individuals to fill positions at the City contributes to the overall strategic success of the organization. Each employee, while employed, is hired to make significant contributions to the organization.

Appointment to positions within the City will be based on qualifications and merit measured through an open competitive selection process. Appointments may be made solely from internal employees within the city if it is determined that a sufficient number of employees are interested and qualified to compete through an internal selection process.

Each position that we hire has its own interview committee. After the closing date has passed, the committee will begin reviewing the applications and determining who they would like to invite for interviews. This may take several weeks after the closing date has passed.

Applications will be screened for the required knowledge, skills, abilities, and training during the initial phase of the process. Only the best qualified applicants will continue with the selection process, which will include structured interviews. Some positions may require various written and aptitude tests. If you are among the finalists, you will be notified usually within approximately three weeks after the closing date.

Under normal circumstances, an employee will be appointed at the first step of the salary range as it appears on the Job Announcement. If a Department Head believes it is necessary to make an appointment above the first step, the Human Resources Director and the City Manager must approve the request. In reviewing such requests, consideration will be given to qualifications of a candidate, market conditions, and internal equity with similar positions.

All job offers for employment shall be contingent on the applicant successfully passing a background check that may include a drug screen. A job-related physical examination may also be required for appointment to certain job classifications. The job offer will be made prior to requiring the candidate to take the drug screen and physical examination, if applicable.