: As established by the City Charter,
the Civil Service Commission makes recommendations to the
Council and the City Manager and conducts investigations concerning
the administration of personnel in the Classified Service.
The Commission reviews and recommends changes to the Civil
Service Rules and appoints members to the City Council Salary
Setting Commission. The Commission may also act as an appellate
body for certain personnel decisions affecting City employees.
This Commission is advisory to the City Council regarding
Civil Service rules, as well as to the City Manager and any
other appointive power regarding personnel administrative
matters. Appeals to decisions made by the Commission concerning
employee discipline and dismissal must be made through the
Commission Members must be registered voters in the
City of San Jose at all times during their term of office.
No more than four commissioners can be of the same sex and
one must be an attorney who has practiced law in the State
of California for at least five years. A background in personnel
or labor-management relations would be helpful. Due to the
appellate nature of this Commission, members should be able
to listen to two sides of a disagreement and weigh evidence
MEETINGS : The
Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 4:00
P.M., City Hall, Room W120. In addition to the regular meetings,
Commission Members attend study sessions, closed hearings
and meetings with the City Attorney and staff. Commissioners
average 16-20 hours per month on Commission business.
BENEFITS : Compensation
for Civil Service Commissioners is $250 per month. From time
to time, Commissioners can also be reimbursed for some expenses
incurred on City business.
POLITICAL REFORM ACT OF 1974
AS AMENDED : The Conflict of Interests
Section of the Political Reform Act applies to the Civil Service
Commission. Commissioners are required to file a Statement
of Economic Interests, Form 700, and to disclose investments,
income including loans and gifts, and business positions.
Reportable interests are limited to persons, business entities,
or other sources providing employee/employer relations services
to the City or its employees, or advising or representing
City employees in administrative or legal actions relating
APPOINTMENT PROCESS :
Following posting of a Notice of Vacancy, all applications
received by the deadline will be submitted to the Mayor and
Council members who, in turn, will notify the City Clerk as
to whom they would like to interview. Applicants receiving
four or more such indications of interest will be asked to
appear during a regularly-scheduled Council meeting and will
be interviewed by the Mayor and Council. The Mayor and Council
then cast written ballots which are read into the record by
the City Clerk. Applicants receiving six or more votes, or
the highest number of votes over six, will be appointed to
serve on the Commission.
Commissioners are expected to attend all Commission
meetings. San Jose Municipal Code Section 2.08.2030 specifies
that a Commission Member who has unexcused absences from any
three consecutive regular meetings, or 20% of the meetings
in a calendar year, is deemed to have resigned.
For further information about the Commission,
contact the Commission Staff at 408-535-1265.