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Member Qualification & Information
The Civil Service Commission has five members, each serving a four year term. Commission members must be registered voters in the City of San José 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 objectively.

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
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 to employment.

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 José 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.