News & Updates

Employee Elected Commissioner Steven Jewell Resigns from the Seattle Civil Service Commission

On July 20, 2016, Steven A. Jewell resigned his position as the employee elected Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission. Commissioner Jewell's term was due to expire December, 2017. 

  Mr. Jewell has worked for the City of Seattle as a Labor Negotiator, since 2000. Mr. Jewell has spent 26 years in Labor Relations and served 22 years as an International Representative for a large construction Union working across the United States. During his career with the Union he has negotiated hundreds of Labor Agreements and holds an outstanding success record in Arbitrations. Mr. Jewell has founded several State wide Industrial councils in the Midwest. He has taught Collective Bargaining for Ohio State University, and served as a safety instructor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the Federal Government. He currently is a certified trainer for the Department of Homeland Security. He has served for 10 plus years on Boards of Directors for several Labor/Management consortiums. He has also owned several businesses of his own. He has a degree in Labor Law.

Employees of the City of Seattle have elected Commissioner Steven Jewell to serve four, three year terms, totaling 9.5 years of service, which began in 2006 and most recently he was reelected in 2014. He has been elected by his fellow Commissioners, including the current Civil Service Commissioner's, Angelique M. Davis, Council appointee and Eric de los Santos, Mayoral appointee, to serve seven one-year terms as the Commission Chair.

The Civil Service Commission is an independent body created by the City Charter to hear appeals involving the administration of the personnel system with respect to any disciplinary actions and alleged violations of the City Charter, Personnel Rules and the Personnel Ordinance, and to make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding the Personnel system.  Of the more than 11,000 City employees, over 7,000 employees are members of the civil service.

Attorney's Fees
The Washington State Supreme Court upheld the attorney's fees for Appellant in Civil Service case Arnold v. City of Seattle.
See Decision or go to Link.

Office Closure

The Commission office will be closed on the following days in observance of City holiday's, staff meetings, training, or vacations.

Note: If you have documents that need to be date stamped, and the suite door is locked, please slide through Suite 1670 mail slot, or send electronically (PDF) followed by a signed hard copy. If your electronic document is delivered after 5 p.m. it may be date stamped for the following business day. Thank you. 

Appeals & Hearings:

For information on the Civil Service Commission Hearing Process click on "How to File an Appeal" on the menu at the top of this page. You may also request brochures from the Commission office by sending an email to  Hearings take place in the Commissions Hearing Room (unless otherwise noted) in Suite 1679, Seattle Municipal Tower 700 Fifth Avenue. 

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Hearings are held in the Commission Hearing Room, SMT, Suite 1679, unless otherwise noted