merit system

noun

Definition of merit system 

: a system by which appointments and promotions in the civil service are based on competence rather than political favoritism

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Strahl is a loan officer who has served on the city's Personnel Board, which advises the council and city manager on the merit system and personnel policies and administration. azcentral, "Election 2018: Here's who wants to run your Valley city," 1 June 2018 In Pennsylvania, one of only seven states electing judges at all levels, the issue of a merit system has hung around for years as a good-government initiative, sometimes inertly, sometimes charged up by one judicial scandal or another. John Baer, Philly.com, "About that court ruling that could change the face of Pennsylvania politics | John Baer," 23 Jan. 2018 The bill moved those visas elsewhere in the system and introduced a merit system that took into account multiple factors like family and work skills. Dan Merica, CNN, "Trump blames Schumer, Democrats for immigration policies he says led to terror attack," 1 Nov. 2017 Exempt employees are those that are hired outside the state merit system. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Alabama Superintendent Ed Richardson says bureacracy could be trimmed," 26 Oct. 2017

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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