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File #: 19-1587   
Type: Misc - Professional Services Agreements
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 3/7/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance approving a professional services contract with PSI Services, LLC., for content-validated testing services for San Antonio Fire Department promotional examinations for a three year term beginning April 5, 2019 and ending April 4, 2022, with one renewal term of two years at the City’s option, with total compensation not to exceed $835,300.00, funded out of the City's General Fund. [Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer; Lori Steward, Human Resources Director]
Indexes: Uniform Testing
Attachments: 1. Contracts Disclosure Form, 2. Score Summary Matrix, 3. Draft Contract, 4. Fiscal Impact Form, 5. Draft Ordinance, 6. Ordinance 2019-03-07-0185
Related files: 15-3518
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DEPARTMENT: Human Resources




Promotional Examinations for the San Antonio Fire Department


This ordinance authorizes the City Manager or designee to enter into a contract with PSI Services, LLC, for the preparation of validated, written promotional examinations for the positions of San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) Fire Engineer, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain and District Fire Chief; along with the administration of video-recorded assessment centers for the District Fire Chief position. The term of this contract is three years, beginning April 5, 2019, and ending April 4, 2022, with an option to extend the contract for one additional two-year period, with total compensation not to exceed $835,300 for the entire five year period.


Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 143, known as the Texas Fire Fighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service Law, mandates the use of examinations as part of the hiring process for Fire and Police personnel. The current SAFD collective bargaining agreement (CBA) requires that a consultant to the City prepare validated, written promotional examinations for all tested promotional ranks, and prepare, administer and score promotional assessment centers for the rank of District Fire Chief. The City contracts with professional testing consultants with expertise in developing examinations that comply with professional, state, and federal guidelines related to testing, which include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines, Department of Justice, and the City's CBAs.

On September 14, 2018, the Human Resources Department issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in search of qualified organizations interested in providing professional consulting services in the design of personnel selection examinations and services with a submission deadline of October 15, 2018. ...

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