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Record Group 6800
Public Safety Civil Service Commission

The Public Safety Civil Service Commission was established in 1979 to conform with a 1977 State Law requiring a separate civil service system for uniformed police officers and fire fighters. The Commission classifies positions, develops and administers examinations, hears appeals, and handles other personnel matters. The Commission is comprised of three members, one each appointed by the Mayor and City Council and one elected by police officers and firefighters.


0.2 cubic foot

Proceedings of Commission meetings including hearings decisions, findings of facts and conclusions read into the record, and policy and procedures decisions.


Legal Opinions

0.6 cubic foot

Opinions issued by the City Attorney relating to the Civil Service Department and its function. Includes an index to opinions and a list of court cases involving the Department. These records predate the reorganization of the personnel function in the City. Arranged chronologically.


Policy Memoranda

0.2 cubic foot

Memoranda outlining policies and procedures of the Civil Service Department. Includes a policy handbook and log of memoranda. Records predate the reorganization of the City's personnel function.


Women Firefighters Project Records

0.2 cubic foot

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, and news articles relating to the recruitment, training, and physical testing of prospective women firefighters. Includes reports of Dr. T. Lee Doolittle, a consultant from the University of Washington, concerning the effectiveness of a strength development program for women pre-recruits.

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