Appeals Process

Appeals regarding discipline (suspension, demotion, termination) must be filed within ten (10) days of the date of the letter written by the Dept. informing the employee of its final decision regarding a disciplinary action.  

Filing Appeals and Request for Decision during "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order

The COVID-19 virus has greatly impacted the Seattle-King County and the City of Seattle. In accordance with Local Health Orders, Mayor Durkan has taken proactive measures designed to slow the spread of the virus and keep both residents and visitors to our city safe.

The Public Safety Civil Service Commission, in response to Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation and directives from our federal, state and City leaders, will temporarily halt receiving Fire and Police appeals and Request for Decision (RFD) in person or through the commission mail slot at SMT.  You can access forms on this page. If you are unable to send a scanned copy of the form, please send your appeal or RFD via email to or include in the email the following:



Full Name, Address, Contact Number

Position and Department

Employee Number

DISCIPLINE: Suspension; Discharge; Demotion; Violation of Article XVI of the City Charter of the City of Seattle, PSCSC Ordinance, or PSCSC Rules or Other Personnel related issue

Briefly state the reason for your appeal? Remedy sought?


Union Name and Local Number

Have you filed a grievance with your union? Is the matter a subject of arbitration pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement?


Do you have any attorney or another person representing you for this appe



Full Name, Address, Contact Number

Position and Department

Employee Number

REASON FOR REQUEST: Reinstatement to Register; Service Credit; Exam Eligibility; Exam Issue or Protest; Other Issue

What is your requested outcome?


Have you made this request to the employing department of SFD/SPD? If yes, what was the outcome? 

Have you made this request to the City of Seattle Department of Human Resources?

We do require a signature on your Appeal and Request for Decision, please complete the forms (see links below) and send your signed form via US postal to the commission office 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1670, PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA 98124-4729



Appeal Form

Request for Decision

Request a decision from the Commission on a non-disciplinary matter (such as testing and exam issues)

Request to Withdraw Appeal