Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws, any person who has completed not less than two years of service as a police cadet in the police department of the town of Milton under the provisions of section twenty-one A of chapter one hundred and forty-seven of the General Laws may, subject to a program established by the appointing authority of said town and approved by the personnel administrator of the division of personnel administration and the Massachusetts criminal justice training council, be appointed to fill a vacancy in a position in the lowest grade in the police force of said town, without certification from an eligible list prepared under the provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws; provided, however, that such person either is on a police entrance eligible list prepared under said chapter or passes a qualifying examination to be given by said director. Such program shall include provisions for recruitment of applicants for appointment as police cadets in said town and for appointment from an eligible list prepared after a competitive examination administered under the supervision of the appointing authority of the town of Milton.
SECTION 2. Not more than thirty-three and one-third per cent of the total number of appointments to the regular police force of the town of Milton in any calendar year shall be made under the provisions of this act. The appointing authority of said town shall report in writing to the personnel administrator in said division of personnel administration any appointment made under the provisions of this act.
SECTION 3. The appointing authority of the police department of the town of Milton shall institute appropriate recruitment procedures for such police cadet force in order to effectuate the purposes of relevant court orders, consent decrees, and affirmative action goals. All appointments made to such cadet force or the permanent police force pursuant to this act shall be made in accordance with said court orders and consent decrees and, to the extent practicable, shall be consistent with the provisions of section twenty-six of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws. Said appointing authority within ninety days of the effective date of this act shall file with the personnel administrator, the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, and the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives a recruitment and appointment plan, specifying procedures for recruitment and appointment which are consistent with basic merit principles and which realize the purposes of this paragraph. The administrator shall review said plan and any amendments thereto, to determine their completeness, consistency and conformity in concept with this paragraph. The administrator shall, within ninety days, either approve the proposed plan, proposed amendments thereto, or disapprove said plan. Upon final approval of said plan, and any amendments thereto, the appointing authority shall take such further actions as are necessary to implement said plan.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.