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Civil Service Commission

Purpose of the Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission, historically, has guarded the public from losing the services of good public employees for reasons of political patronage.

Meeting Information

Human Resources Building, 1229 W. Mallon, Spokane, WA, Upper Training Room

Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. and when other special hearings are needed.

Member Specifications

Members: 5

Term: 6 years

Details: Members must be a resident of the county for at least two years immediately preceding their appointment and shall not hold any salaried public office or engage in county employment. Members must be registered to vote as well.  At the time of appointment, only three of the five Commissioners can belong to the same political party.

Political affiliation must be declared. Hearings are infrequent but may require several days to hear and render a decision. Commissioners frequently come in between meetings to approve hiring folders. Members serve without compensation.

Responsibilities/Time Commitment

The Commission has the responsibility of administering the merit system of employment for the county deputy sheriffs and other employees of the Sheriffs Department. Commissioners review applications and conduct hearings on employee grievances. The commission conducts monthly public meetings, certifies eligibility lists, investigates complaints about enforcement of Civil Service system. Conduct hearings regarding discipline of Civil Service employees, keep records, and certify Sheriff payroll. They also provide selection of Sheriff personnel based on merit.

Meets monthly for an average of one hour per meeting. Hearings can take several hours to several days.

Spokane County Code/WAC & RCW References

State RCW 41.14

Contact Information

Nancy Paladino
(509) 477-4526