In considering applicants, the Merit Commission:
(A) May give preference to persons who have honorably served in the military or naval services of theUnited States.
(B) May certify for appointment as a Deputy Sheriff more persons than there are vacancies to be filled at the time of such certification. In such cases, the Sheriff may initially select from this group those to fill the existing vacancies and shall, from date of certification, as additional vacancies occur, appoint others from the remaining group;
(C) Is authorized to waive one or more of the requirements set forth herein for applicants who have served in and been honorably discharged from any branch of the military service, or who have served with another Sheriff’s Department, a police department, or any other law enforcement agency;
(D) Shall not consider an applicant’s political affiliation, race, sex, or religion.