Civil Service Commission

Authorized by and Date: Spokane City Charter (Article VI); 1960

Mission Statement: Fair. Fast. Friendly. Forward: Providing a diverse, high-performing workforce to serve the Spokane community for generations to come through open, competitive, streamlined, and customer-centric personnel services.

Role and Responsibilities: The Commission’s primary responsibility is to prevent political influence in the City’s hiring, promotional and disciplinary processes.

The Commission has a duty to ensure:

  • positions are open to all interested individuals, regardless of their connections or political affiliations,
  • candidates have the qualifications and appropriate skills to perform the jobs they apply for, and
  • positions are earned on the basis of individual merit.

The Commission upholds due process rights for employee discipline and terminations to verify any actions are taken for cause.

In addition, the Commission performs the following functions:

  • Advises the City Council, Mayor, and department heads on matters relating to the Civil Service Merit System.
  • Establishes and administers the Civil Service Rules.
  • Maintains a classification plan for City positions.
  • Provides oversight of personnel status changes.
  • Adjudicates employee appeals and complaints.

Meeting date, time and location: The Commission meets on the Third Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the City Council Chamber.

Members Representing Dates of Term
Pam DeCounter Spokane City Council Appointee 01/23/2017 – 12/31/2020
Craig Hult Spokane City Council Appointee 01/01/2019 – 12/31/2022
Scott Stephens Civil Service Commission Appointee 08/15/2017 – 12/31/2021
Mark Lindsey, Chair Employee Retirement Board and Police/Fire Officers Unions Appointee 01/01/2019 – 12/31/2022
Judith Gilmore, Vice Chair Employee Retirement Board 10/18/2016 – 12/31/2020

Documents

Annual Reports

Agendas

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013

Minutes

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013

Contact

Civil Service Commission
4th Floor, City Hall
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Phone: 509.625.6160
Fax: 509.625.6077
TTY: 509.625.6681
civilserviceinfo@spokanecity.org

Amber Richards
Chief Examiner
arichards@spokanecity.org

Mike Piccolo
Legal Counsel
509.625.6225
mpiccolo@spokanecity.org