Chief Examiner Civil Service Commission: Andrea Liquori
Contact Civil Service Office: 203–468–3375
Email: Civil Service with questions or to add yourself to the email job notification list.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I find out about exams?
A: Exams are advertised in the New Haven Register at least 3 times and other smaller local newspapers such as The Inner City Newspaper. Police and Fire positions are also advertised on Comcast Cable in the New Haven area and on channel 20 in East Haven. All exams and vacant positions are also posted on a bulletin board outside the Civil Service Office and filed with the Town Clerk. Vacant positions and exams (hopefully) will be posted online.
Q: How can I apply for a Civil Service position in town?
A: When a position becomes vacant and there is not a valid Eligibility List for the position, the Town will then advertise and hold an examination. At that time you must complete a job application and submit it to the Civil Service Commission before the deadline.
Q: Do I take one exam for all Civil Service positions?
A: No, each vacant position has its own requirements that warrant a separate exam. You
must take a separate exam for each position. For example, if you take an exam for a Secretary I, Grade Level 9 position and a Secretary III, Grade Level 11 positions opens up you must also apply for that position and take that exam.
Q: If I took a State Civil Service exam or an exam in another town could those results be transferred to East Haven?
A: No. You must take an exam with the East Haven Civil Service Commission to be considered for a position in East Haven.
Q: What do the exams consist of?
A: Most exams consist of a written exam made up of multiple choice questions. Some positions such as Police Officer and Firefighter also have a Physical Agility Test and an Oral Interview that is graded.
Q: Do I need to bring anything to the exam?
A: Only a photo ID for identifications purposes. All materials will be provided by the Civil Service Commission.
Q: After I take an exam what happens next?
A: Every applicant that receives a passing score (usually 60 and above) is placed on a list in rank order-the highest score to the lowest score (Eligibility List). The names of the three candidates with the highest scores will be submitted for an interview (Certified List).
Q: How long is the Eligibility List for each position valid?
A: The list is valid for a period of up to 2 years.