Civil Service Commissions

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About Civil Service Commissions

What is a Civil Service Commission?

A Civil Service Commission is a government agency responsible for ensuring fairness and protecting the merit basis of government personnel systems. Civil Service Commissions minimize political influence in the relationship between government employers and their employees. The oversight powers of a Civil Service Commission reach across a wide range of personnel practices, including recruitment, hiring, position classifications, promotions, disciplinary actions, and removals.

Civil Service Commissions, or agencies with similar roles and responsibilities, are found at every level of government. State statute or local charters and ordinances establish the powers and duties of Civil Services Commissions. Most Civil Service Commissions respond to appeals and complaints filed by public employees and job applicants. State Civil Service Commissions typically have the authority to issue rulings based on appeals or complaints they have investigated. At the county and local level, Civil Service Commissions are more likely to make advisory rulings to the local legislative body or another authority.

At the county and local level, the role of a Civil Service Commission may also entail review and approval of certain personnel practices. In these cases, changes or additions to the position classification system, examinations used for testing job applicants, job descriptions, and other personnel practices may require approval by the Civil Service Commission before they may be implemented. Some counties and local governments establish Civil Service Commissions for select functions, such as fire, police, or education.

The members of a Civil Service Commission are appointed by the chief elected official, the legislative body, or a combination of the two. Rules governing membership are designed to achieve a degree of political balance by limiting the number of members each party may have on the Commission. Some Commissions place further restrictions on membership, such as prohibitions against appointments of individuals who are office holders in a political party.