Seattle's Public Safety Civil Service Commission (PSCSC) is an independent body, authorized by the Revised Code of Washington and City Charter.

The Public Safety Civil Service system includes employees of the Seattle Fire and Police departments in the classifications:police special recruits, police recruits, police officers, police sergeants, police lieutenants, and police captains; and fire fighter prerecruits, fire fighters, fire lieutenants, fire captains, fire battalion chiefs, and fireboat pilots, fireboat engineers, and assistant fireboat engineers.


  • Makes and enforces rules for examination, appointments, promotions, transfers, demotions, reinstatements, suspensions, layoffs, discharges, and connected matters,
  • Directs development and administration of merit-based entry-level and promotional civil service exams for the Seattle Fire and Police departments (with support of Seattle Human Resources), 
  • Provides sworn police and uniformed fire employees with a quasi-judicial hearing process for appeals concerning:
    • Serious disciplinary actions
    • Examination and testing
    • Issues related to the Personnel Ordinance and/or Personnel Rules
  • Investigates alleged violations of enabling legislation, the Seattle Public Safety Ordinance, SMC 4.08.

The three commissioners serve three-year terms. The Mayor and the City Council appoint one commissioner each, and the third commissioner is elected by their public safety civil service member peers.

The PSCSC is housed within the Civil Service Commissions Department (CIV), alongside the Civil Service Commission (CSC), which serves a similar role in relation to the City's civilian employees. CIV staff engage with employees, stakeholders, and the public on behalf of the PSCSC and manage administration and operation of the Commissions' office. 

The PSCSC meets monthly and public attendance is required and welcomed. The Monthly Meetings tab lists upcoming meetings.

For questions, comments, or media inquiries, please contact Executive Director Andrea Scheele and/or Executive Assistant, Teresa Jacobs.