Seattle City Council seeks candidates for civil service commission

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Councilmember Tim Burgess

Seattle City Council seeks candidates for civil service commission

Councilmember Tim Burgess announced today that the City Council is seeking candidates for a three-year term on the Civil Service Commission starting Jan. 1, 2013.

The Commission serves as a quasi-judicial body to provide fair and impartial hearings of alleged violations of the City’s personnel system. Employees may file appeals with the Commission regarding all final disciplinary actions and alleged violations of the Personnel Ordinance and its related rules and policies. The Commission also provides timely review of appeals regarding personnel actions and decisions.

The Commission may issue orders to remedy violations and may present recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding the administration of the personnel system. In addition, the Commission investigates allegations of political patronage to ensure the City’s hiring practices are established and carried out in accordance with the merit principles set forth in the City Charter.

The Civil Service Commission is comprised of three members, one appointed by the Mayor, one appointed by the Council and one elected by City employees. An Executive Director jointly supports the Commission alongside the Public Safety Civil Service Commission and manages their operations.  

The Civil Service Commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and typically lasting between one and two hours. Commissioners receive a $5,200 annual stipend as compensation for their work.

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to fairness and integrity; an understanding of employment law and human resources is also desirable.

Interested candidates should deliver a résumé and cover letter by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 to Councilmember Tim Burgess by e-mail (, by fax (206-684-8587; provide cover memo with Attn: Tim Burgess) or by mail to:

Councilmember Tim Burgess
Chair, Government Performance and Finance Committee
Seattle City Council
P. O. Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

For additional information, please call Councilmember Tim Burgess’ office at 206-684-8806 or visit the Commission’s Web site:

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