(55 ILCS 5/3-8011)
(from Ch. 34, par. 3-8011)
Certification for promotion.
Whenever a position
in a higher rank is to be filled, the Merit Commission shall certify
to the sheriff the names of eligible persons who stand highest upon
the promotional register for the rank to which the position belongs.
The Commission shall make certifications for promotion on the basis
of ascertained merit, seniority of service, and physical and other
The sheriff shall appoint from those whose names were certified.
If the sheriff rejects all persons so certified, he shall state his
reasons for such refusal in writing to the Commission.
All vacancies in all ranks of deputy sheriff above the
lowest shall be filled by promotion, except that the Merit
Commission may by regulation provide that a former sheriff may
be appointed by a successor sheriff of the same county
to any rank after he has been certified by the Commission or
that applicants who have served with another sheriff's
office, a police department, or any other law enforcement agency,
may be given credit for time so served and may receive
an initial appointment to a rank above the lowest.
Persons appointed to a higher rank shall be on probation in such
higher rank for a period of 12 months. Such appointees may be
demoted by the sheriff to their former rank at any time during the
period of probation, if, in the opinion of the sheriff, they have
failed to demonstrate the ability and the qualifications necessary
to furnish satisfactory service.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)