MORRIS COUNTY — Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) to remove an unnecessary bureaucratic hurdle for veterans applying for civil service jobs in New Jersey has been approved by the Senate State Government Committee.
Senator Joe Pennacchio’s bill to remove government red tape for veterans applying for public service jobs.
“It’s inspiring when a veteran who has honorably served our nation wants to return home to continue serving their community,” said Pennacchio. “Unfortunately, some of our heroes face the challenge of navigating government red tape when they try to claim New Jersey’s civil service veteran’s preference to continue their public service. After they’ve placed their lives on the line for our freedoms during their military service, we should make it easier for our veterans to utilize this important career benefit that they’ve earned.”
In 2015, while completing active duty in the New Jersey National Guard, Benjamin Ouckama was unable to have his veteran’s status approved by the Adjutant General prior to completing an open competitive exam when applying for a firefighting position. As a result, he was ranked non-veteran eligible.
Senator Pennacchio’s legislation, S-1305, would allow veterans to complete a self-declared sworn statement, in lieu of the Adjutant General’s determination of veteran’s status, confirming that the individual meets the veteran’s preference requirements.
Currently, open competitive exams are required for public safety positions such as a Police Officer and/or Fire Fighter.
“All veterans should be provided easy access to the career opportunities they’ve earned,” Pennacchio added. “By removing red tape, we can help our heroes and better protect our communities at the same time.”