Douglas County commissioners Monday agreed not to lower the standards of the physical fitness test required of law enforcement employees.
The test is used to measure the physical fitness of job finalists for Youth Services and the Sheriff's Department. Once hired, they must pass the test annually to be eligible for a merit pay increase.
To see how rigorous the test was, Commissioner Charles Jones took the test late last month, and he passed.
Partly because Jones passed the test, commissioners kept the passing rate at 60 percent in other words, those taking the test must meet the same national averages as 60 percent of those people in their age group taking the test.
Existing employees who fail the annual test also will qualify for a 50 percent merit pay increase; previously they could not qualify for a merit raise if they failed.