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Statutory Employment Preferences

Under Arizona law (A.R.S. § 38-492), employment preferences are available to applicants who test for merit system positions, meet the minimum qualifications for the position, and fall within the following statutorily defined categories.

1. Veteran Preference (5 points): A  veteran  of  the  Armed  Forces  of  the  United  States  separated under honorable conditions following more than six months of active duty.

2. Disabled Veteran Preference (10 points): A veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States separated under honorable conditions who has a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation or disability retirement benefits under laws administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or United States Public Health Service.

3. Veteran’s Spouse/Surviving Spouse Preference (5 points):  A spouse or surviving spouse of any of the following:
a. Any veteran who died of a service-connected disability.
b. Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application, is listed by the Secretary of Defense of the United States in any of the following categories for not less than ninety days:
i. Missing in action.
ii. Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force.
iii. Forcibly  detained  or  interned  in  the  line  of  duty  by  a foreign government or power.
c. A  person  who has a  total,  permanent  disability  resulting  from  a  service-connected disability or any person who died while such disability was in existence.

4. Disability Preference (5 points): A "qualified individual with a disability" as that term is defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, and Arizona Civil Rights Act, as amended.

Applicants must submit a completed 
Employment Preference Form with the supporting documentation of eligibility (described below and on the form) for each position for which the individual applies.

Veteran Preference: 
Employment Preference Form + DD Form 214

Disabled Veteran Preference:
Employment Preference Form + Certification from VA Regional Office or Veterans Services Offices of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. VA Claim Number must be furnished by you.

Veteran's Spouse/ Surviving Spouse Preference:
Employment Preference Form + Certification from VA Regional Office or Veterans Services Offices of the Arizona Department of Economic Security.  VA Claim Number must be furnished by you.

Disability Preference:
Employment Preference Form + Disability Preference Verification Form

**Please do not attach the completed forms and supporting materials to your application.**

Completed forms and supporting materials must be submitted to Human Resources at the time of application, or no later than seven (7) days following the application closing date using one of the following methods:


U.S. Mail:  City of Chandler, Human Resources, P.O. Box 4008, Mail Stop 703, Chandler, AZ 85244

Hand Delivery: Chandler City Hall, Human Resources, 175 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

Applicable preferences will be considered in the assessment of candidates for positions for which applicants are evaluated and ranked, but scores are not given.