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Oberly - M.IYMAKEMRED Eeport of tie Civil Service...
M.IYMAKEMRED Eeport of tie Civil Service Investigation. Investigation. THE CASE OF OLEEK CAMPBELL. The Select Committee of the Hoiue TIiinkN the Erring Clerk Should Have Boon Dismissed as Well mm •Censured — Commissioners Rooeo- velt and Thompson Exonerated. WASHINGTON, June 14.—The select committee of the house instructed to investigate the charges against the civil eervictt commission submitted its report. report. The committee has examined twenty-four witnesses and has come to the following conclusion, dednctedfrom the testimony taken: On the first charge affecting the conduct, conduct, retention and promotion of Alexander Alexander C. Campbell (brother-in-law of CommiuBJoner Lyman) the committee reached the following conclusions: It appears that Campbell copied certain questions of the general examination scrips for department service, together with their answers, at the request of Mrc. Jsabclla Smith, to whom he gave them. These papers came into the hands of Mr. Flynii, a person engaged in coaching applicants for office about to take the civil service examination, who offered to sell them. Campbell Kcprimandcd. The attention of the commissioners was called to the conduct of Campbell. Mr. Oberly, Mr. Lyiuan and Mr. Doyle each investigated to a. greater or less extent extent the charges against Campbell, and found him guilty of a breach of discipline discipline and he was reprimanded. If the administration of the civil service was not to fall into disrepute Mr. Campbell Campbell should have l>et>u dismissed. His retention indicated great laxity and the administration of the committee was not at that time such us tn rei.five or merit public confidence. It is Mibmitteil that if the Commission had discharged its duties with proper rigor and regard for the public it would have become manifest manifest t-uKi Campbell's retention was not defc 'iiKiijlr. nnd it would seem to follow that if hi.-) retention was not pn.per, his promotion w;j> not warranted. The coniuiittfi' wvrrrjy censures Messrs. .Oberly and 'Lyiuaii. It«»osi*v«*li and Thompson I2.tonf>riit«d It luis b»-u suggested that Coiumis ' siouern RoosevtJt and Thompson are deserving uf ti-u.siire for not having . taken !«:1 ion in the C.impbell case. The committee reports that it doee not share in that view. Oil the contrary, contrary, there is nothing in their conduct to challenge criticism. When their attention attention was called to the mutter by newspajier reports, they called the par- lies concerned before them, separatel} anil without the opportunity of theii •conferring with each other, and there was a concurrence of statement that the latter had been fully investigated and Campbell punished; and it being as to thrai res adjudicate they did not take further action in the matter; and in that the committee thinks thty were thoroughly thoroughly justified. In the c;wes of Baily and Shidy the committee finds nothing to condemn. In Conclusion. Ill conclusion the report says: "With regard to the conduct of civil service commissioners iu matters submitted to the committee for investigation, we find, first, that Commissioners Roosevelt and Thompson liave discharged their duties •with entire fidelity and integrity ; second, second, that the official conduct or Commissioner Commissioner Lvman has been characterized characterized by laxity of discipline in the administration administration of the affairs of the commission, commission, and is therefore censurable." The committee also reports that it will proceed at once to investigate the workings workings of the system, and present a. subsequent subsequent report. The committee also submits a resolution resolution that a copy of this report, together with a copy of the testimony taken, be sent the president.

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  1. Lebanon Daily News,
  2. 14 Jun 1890, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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