There is one week left to apply for the five-member Municipal Civil Service Commission. It's part of Proposition 10 that Austin voters approved in November. It establishes a municipal service system for most city employees.
According to the City of Austin, the Municipal Civil Service Commission will help to establish certain personnel rules. The commission will then make final decisions on appeals of disciplinary actions by most City of Austin employees. The commission is expected to hear cases from city employees or are fired, demoted or denied a promotion.
The City of Austin employs around 12,000 people. This commission will serve those employees who are already covered by civil service agreements – including uniformed Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Police.
Serving on the commission is voluntary – meaning positions are unpaid. And commissioners are expected to serve between 20 and 30 hours a month for one to three-year terms.
Applicants are required to be Austin residents and qualified city voters. But the City of Austin is especially seeking those with any experience or knowledge of human resources, labor relations, mediation, and employment law.
Those already employed by the City of Austin or those registered or required to register as a lobbyist under Chapter 4-8 of City Code are ineligible to apply.
Applications may be submitted online to the City of Austin’s Board and Commissions Information Center and any supporting documentation to be included, including a resume and cover letter, may be sent via email to Candy Parham, Board and Commissions Coordinator.