(a) Subject to the approval of the board the director may enter into agreements with any municipality or other political subdivision of the state to furnish services and facilities of the division to such municipality or political subdivision in the administration of its personnel on merit principles. Any such agreements shall provide for the reimbursement to the state of the reasonable cost of the services and facilities furnished, as determined by the director. All municipalities and political subdivisions of the state are hereby authorized to enter into such agreements. Subject to the approval of the board, the director may enter into an agreement with the state department of health for the inclusion of personnel of local health departments under the classified service system established by this article.
(b) The director may cooperate with governmental agencies for other jurisdictions charged with personnel administration in conducting joint tests and establishing joint lists from which eligibles shall be certified for appointment in accordance with the provisions of this article.