Stone Creek, OH asked in Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Ohio

Q: In Ohio can a uncharted city write civil service rules on firefighter promotions and hiring that contradict ORC

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A: In Ohio, unchartered cities generally have the authority to establish their own civil service rules, including those for firefighter promotions and hiring. However, these rules must align with the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). The ORC sets statewide standards and regulations, and local policies cannot contradict state law.

If a city creates civil service rules that conflict with the ORC, these rules could be subject to legal challenges. It's important for municipal authorities to ensure that their regulations are consistent with state law to avoid such conflicts. If you're facing a specific situation where there seems to be a discrepancy between local and state rules, it might be beneficial to consult with a legal professional who has expertise in Ohio municipal law. This can provide clarity on how state statutes and local ordinances interact in your particular case.

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