Corbett orders that veteran be on Pa. civil service panel

    Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a measure to make a permanent space for a military veteran on the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission.

    The independent three-member panel oversees the hiring of state employees.

    Corbett said requiring that a veteran be on the board makes it more likely that vets will get the preference they’re entitled to when applying for state civil service jobs.

    “We discovered that the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission has not always met its goal of seeing that the veterans get the extra consideration they earned,” Corbett said.

    The governor is nominating retired Army Major Gen. John Stevens to be on the commission.

    The governor said Auditor General Jack Wagner is responsible for bringing attention to the issue with his review of the commission.

    In 2008, Wagner reported state agencies were filling positions without giving proper consideration to eligible veterans who have a state-mandated hiring preference.

    He attributed it to poor oversight by the Civil Service Commission.

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