The Civil Service Commission governs the testing for appointment, employment, and promotion of Police and Fire personnel.
The Act 78 Civil Service Commission is a General Fund activity and is budgeted and accounted in a manner similar to other General Fund activities. The plan of Civil Service as established by Act No. 78 of the Public Acts of 1935, as amended, is incorporated in the Charter of the City and can be changed only by a formal amendment to the City Charter.
The City Clerk acts as ex officio liaison to the Commission and provides the necessary administrative and clerical support.
The Commission governs all aspects of the testing procedures for Police and Fire personnel. From the physical and agility aptitude exams to the written, oral, physiological, and psychological examinations, the Commission has a hands-on interface with the selection of examiners, criteria for examination, and selection of final evaluators. This important role of the Act 78 Civil Service Commission ensures the best candidates are selected for employment. The 3 members of the Commission serve without compensation during their term.