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Record Group 1400
Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission was established in 1896 to oversee the Civil Service Department which administered the City's personnel system. In 1979 the City's personnel system was reorganized with the creation of a Personnel Department independent of the Commission. The Commission was reorganized with jurisdiction to hear employee appeals relating to demotions, terminations, suspensions, certain lay-offs, and violations of personnel rules. The Commission is comprised of three-members serving staggered three-year terms. One member is appointed by the mayor, one by the City Council, and one is elected by City employees.


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Proceedings of the Commission including hearings, determinations, policy revisions, budget materials, correspondence, and other background documentation. The records for 2004-2006 are called Monthly Activity.