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Civil Service Commission

Commission Duties

The Civil Service Commission comprises five members. Each member serves a term of four years. 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 court system.


The commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m., in 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.

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.

Non-Presiding Officer members of the Commission will receive a compensation of $200 per month and the Presiding Officer will receive $450 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.

Additional Information

Agendas Time Location Minutes
August 2, 2018 4:00 PM T-1446

July 5, 2018



June 5, 2018


5:00 PM T-1446 June 5, 2018 Minutes

June 5, 2018

(Hearing Continuation - Ramos)

n/a n/a None

June 7, 2018

(Cancelled - Reschedule)

May 3, 2018 4:00 PM T-1446 May 3, 2018 Minutes

April 24, 2018

(Special Meeting)

5:00 PM T-1446

April 5, 2018

(Cancelled - Reschedule)


March 1, 2018

(Closed Session - Special Meeting)

4:00 PM T-1446 None

March 1, 2018

4:00 PM T-1446 March 1, 2018
February 1, 2018 4:00 PM T-1446 February 1, 2018
January 11, 2018 4:00 PM T-1446 January 11, 2018 Minutes
January 17-18, 2018 6:00 PM T-1446 (Appeal Withdrawn)
January 11, 2018 4:00 PM T-1446

January 4, 2018


December 7, 2017 4:00 PM T-1446 December 7, 2017
November 2, 2017 4:00 PM T-1446
October 5, 2017 4:00 PM T-1446 October 5, 2017
September 7, 2017 4:00 PM T-1446 September 7, 2017
August 3, 2017 4:00 PM T-1446 August 3, 2017

July 6, 2017


n/a None
June 1, 2017 4:00 PM T-1446 June 1, 2017

May 30, 2017

(Hearing - Closed Session)

5:00 PM T-1446 (Closed Session - No Minutes)
May 4, 2017 4:00 PM Council Chambers May 4, 2017
April 6, 2017 4:00 PM Council Chambers April 6, 2017
March 2, 2017 4:00 PM Council Chambers March 2, 2017

February 13, 2017

(Special Meeting)

4:00 PM T-1446 February 13, 2017
February 2, 2017 4:00 PM Council Chambers February 2, 2017

January 12, 2017

(Special Meeting)

4:00 PM Council Chambers January 12, 2017

January 5, 2017


4:00 PM Council Chambers None

2016 Agendas and Minutes

Agendas Time Location Minutes

January 5, 2017


4:00 PM Council Chambers None
December 1, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers December 1, 2016
November 3, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers November 3, 2016
October 6, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers October 6, 2016
September 1, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers September 1, 2016

August 24, 2016

(Hearing Cancellation Notice)


August 23-24, 2016

(Hearing Chairez)

6:00 PM T-1446 August 23-24, 2016
August 4, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers August 4, 2016
July 7, 2016 4:00 PM T-1446 July 7, 2016
June 2, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers June 2, 2016
May 5, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers May 5, 2016
April 7, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers April 7, 2016
March 3, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers March 3, 2016
February 4, 2016 4:00 PM Council Chambers February 4, 2016

January 14, 2016



January 7, 2016



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