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The Civil Service Commission was established in 1896 to oversee the Civil Service Department, which administered the City’s personnel system, including the fire and police forces, laborers, inspectors, and clerical, electrical, and library workers. The commissioners classified city services and employees, coordinated and administered physical, medical, and competence examinations, dealt with appointments, promotions, and removals, and conducted investigations in the event of an employee appeal. The years brought new employment issues, including those of wartime employment conditions and women in the workforce.
During the Commission’s early years, it faced some opposition; in 1912, charged with wastefulness and inefficiency, the Commission underwent an investigation by the City Council. Subsequently, a 1917 report reclassified city services and employees. Other difficult times in the Commission’s history included the first and second World Wars, as well as the Great Depression; budgets were often tight, and many city employees joined the armed services or found business opportunities in other industries. In 1937, the City’s services were again reclassified.
In 1979, the City’s personnel system was reorganized with the creation of a Personnel Department independent of the Commission. The Commission was reorganized with jurisdiction to hear employee appeals relating to demotions, terminations, suspensions, certain lay-offs, and violations of personnel rules. Three members, serving staggered three-year terms, comprise the Commission. One member is appointed by the mayor, one by the City Council, and one is elected by City employees.
Small collection of subject files created by Civil Service Commission Secretary and Chief Examiner Roy Palm. About half of the records relate to anti-communism, subversive organizations, and loyalty oaths. Other topics include performance testing and age requirements for city employment. There is some overlap with Record Series 6010-04 (Legal Opinions).
[Item and date], Civil Service Commission Subject Files, Record Series 6010-11. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.
|1||8||Anti-Communist Trials - News Clippings||1950-1953|
|1||9||Anti-Communist Trials - News Clippings||1953-1955|