City Council seeking candidates for Seattle Public Safety Civil Service Commission

Seattle, WA – Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, Chair of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee) announced the Seattle City Council is now accepting applications to be appointed to the Public Safety Civil Service Commission (PSCSC).  

About the PSCSC 

The PSCSC is made up of three commissioners. The Mayor and Council appoint one each and the third is elected by eligible City of Seattle employees. 

The PSCSC oversees and directs a civil service system for sworn personnel of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and uniformed personnel of the Seattle Fire Department (SFD). The Public Safety Civil Service system governs appointments, promotions, promotional testing, layoffs, recruitment, retention, classifications, removals, and discipline, in certain cases, pursuant to state and local law.  

Commissioner duties 

PSCSC commissioner duties vary depending on the workload of the commission. The minimum commitment can be as few as eight hours per month but can be greater at times. Commissioner duties include, but are not limited to:  

  • Overseeing entrance and promotional examinations for ten ranks within the police and fire department;  
  • Hearing and deciding some employee appeals of serious discipline and civil service-related matters with support from the City Attorney’s Office and PSCSC staff;  
  • Participating in PSCSC’s monthly meetings; and 
  • Supervising the work of the PSCSC’s Executive Director. 

Commissioners are also expected to be well-prepared for meetings, be responsive to communications, and participate in trainings. Commissioners will receive a stipend of $200 every two weeks. 

Who should apply? 

Current and former PSCSC commissioners have been employment and/or labor lawyers, elected or appointed government leaders, human resources professionals, members of the judiciary, and community leaders. This flyer includes more details on the selection criteria.  


Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and CV/resume to PSCSC Executive Director Andrea Scheele at  

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