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Are the Ports & Harbors exempted from drug test for applicants as Ports Security Officers?
By Jose S. Garcia


February 19, 2010
Friday AM

In my recent stint as Port Security Officer for the year 2008, the interview and CPR/First Aid Training was done in conjunction to what protocol has agenda'd. Nevertheless, there were no drug tests applied or even mandated to by the hiring personnel of the Ports and Harbors having to note that these hired personnel reflects being a model ports officer in the City of Ketchikan.

I believe that aside from Ports Security Officers' duties within the Ketchikan ports, these officers hired on a seasonal basis have not undergone a drug test. For whichever reason such drug test not applied to or have met the standards of hiring process, which has been done by existing fish processing companies, I think is not a violation of the privacy act with the U.S. Constitution.

Is it not within the scope of the City of Ketchikan incumbent city officials to implement a series of drug test to all applicants?

Jose S. Garcia
Ketchikan, AK


Received February 15, 2009 - Published February 19, 2010



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