Civil Service Commission

Who We Are

Civil Service Commission is an independent board that was established by an amendment to the Seattle City Charter in 1979. The Commission has three members. The Mayor and City Council each appoint one Commissioner and City employees in the classified service elect a Commissioner. Each Commissioner serves a three-year term. The Commission staff includes an Executive Director and an Executive Assistant.

Commission meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.

What We Do

The Commission hears appeals regarding personnel actions and decisions. The Commission ensures that the action or decision follows City rules, policies, laws and procedures. The Commission has the authority to reverse personnel actions and decisions if it determines the Personnel Rules or City Policies were not followed. Personnel Rules - Human Resources | seattle.gov

The Commission investigates charges of undue influence by elected officials on hiring decisions and reviews rules, policies, programs, and legislation related to the City's personnel system. The Commission may also make recommendations regarding the personnel system to the Mayor and City Council.

Who We Serve

Most regular City employees are members of civil service and served by the Commission. Some employees are exempt from Civil Service, including Department Heads, Superintendents, and other positions in the Executive series. Exemptions are listed in SMC 4.13 Exemptions from Civil Service.


Filing Appeals

Notice of Right to Appeal

The Commission hears appeals related to Personnel actions and decisions. This includes appeals related to discipline (Suspension-Demotion-Termination) and alleged violations of Personnel rules, laws and policies (Hiring and Employee Selection, Classification or Compensation, Employee Evaluation Process, Out-of-Class Work Assignments, Promotions, and complaints of Political Patronage.)

Before filing an Appeal, an employee must go through the Employee Grievance Procedure outlined in Personnel Rule 1.4 and SMC 4.04.240

Appeals to the Commission must be filed within twenty (20) calendar days of the Step 3 Grievance Response.

Detailed information on the Commission can be found in the  Civil Service Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure and in the Appeals Process located on this website or you may contact staff with your questions.