The Civil Service Commission voted 2-1 to approve the issue of lateral hiring at the Columbus Police Department.
Coupled with lateral hiring, the commission also approved changes to the promotional process.
Originally presented before the commission on January 19, commissioners tabled the issues and sent them back to the city council when they were met with outrage by officers.
At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the council voted to approved the changes to the promotional process and lateral hiring in a 3-3 vote, with Mayor Robert Smith breaking the tie.
Before their vote at Thursday night’s meeting, Commissioner Thomas Moore said that he “Trusts the chief to make the right decision on this—he’s the man responsible.”
Commissioner Moore and Glenn Jefferson voted to approve and Civil Service Chairman Al Hatcher voted to oppose. The changes will be effective immediately.