534/310: A decision rendered by the Civil Service Commission under MGL c. 534 of the Acts of 1976 as amended by c. 310 of the Acts and Resolves of 1993. This action generally allows an applicant to be placed at the top of a community' s or a specific department's eligible list for consideration to the next vacancy.

402A: MGL c. 402A of the Acts of 1985, amending c. 31, Section 26 - enables a child of a police officer or firefighter who passes the required written, medical and physical examinations to receive a statutory preference in placement on all entry-level police officer or firefighter eligible lists if the police officer or firefighter was killed in the line of duty and benefits are paid to the beneficiary due to the parent's death.

402B: MGL c. 402B of the Acts of 1985, amending c. 31, Section 26 - enables a child of a police officer or firefighter who passes the required written, medical and physical examinations to receive a statutory preference in placement on all entry-level police officer or firefighter eligible lists if the police officer or firefighter was permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty and if through a special act of the legislature received a retirement pension equal to his/her regular rate of compensation had s/he continued in service.

Disabled Veterans: Must first meet Veterans preference as defined in MGL c. 4, Section 7, clause 43 as amended by c. 116 of the Acts of 2004, and subsequently provide supporting documentation from the U. S. Veterans' Affairs Office indicating a service-connected disability of 10% or more. See Verifying Veteran's Status & Preference

Veterans: MGL c. 4, Section 7, clause 43 as amended by Chapter 116 of the Acts of 2004 defines veterans' preference as:

  • 180 days of regular service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions, or
  • 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day of which is during "wartime", and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

A chart defining "wartime" service is available on-line on the Veterans' Services website.

Residency preference: To qualify for residency preference placement on the eligible list in a particular community, candidates must have resided in the "municipality for the entire twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of the examination." The appointing authority will require verification of residency for consideration prior to an appointment. Failure to do so could result in a candidate's removal from the eligible list. 

Statutory Preferences: Certification Order of Lists

Rank - your placement on the eligible list for the municipality/department for which you have selected Residency Preference. If you are ranked number 10, there are 9 names ahead of you on the list.

Ties within Rank - the number of candidates who scored the same as you and have the same preference(s). If you are ranked number 10 and have 2 ties within rank, there are two candidates (you and another) with the same placement on the eligible list.

 

Age Requirements: Minimum-For all civil service Police Officer jurisdictions candidates must be at least 21 years of age on or before the date of the examination.  For all civil service Firefighter jurisdictions, candidates must be at least 19 years of age on or before the last filing date for the examination.

Maximum – There is no upper age limit for entry-level public safety hires for City’s/Town’s who have adopted the provisions of pension reform Massachusetts General Law Chapter 32, Section 5A

There is an upper age limit of 31 for entry-level public safety hires for City’s/Town’s who have adopted the provisions of pension reform Massachusetts General Law Chapter 31, Section 58A

There is an upper age limit of age 32 or older at the time of the last filing date for the examination for entry-level public safety hires for City’s/Town’s who have not adoped the provisions of pension reform Massachusetts General Law Chapter 31, Section 58

It is your responsibility to review any additional age requirements for each Police and Fire Departments covered by civil service on our website ( Police Departments Covered by Civil Service docx format of Police Departments Covered by Civil Service   Fire Departments Covered By Civil Service rtf format of Fire Departments Covered By Civil Service ) under Guides & Publications, Police or Fire Information Civil Service, Police or Fire Departments Covered By Civil Service. Please be advised that the list of communities is subject to change and inquiries about status changes should be directed to the communities in question.


This information provided by the Human Resources Division .