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Austin City Council Calls for Municipal Civil Service Commission Applications

The Austin City Council seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on the five- member Municipal Civil Service Commission. The openings are for two full three-year terms that will run from the date of appointment through May 2021.

The time commitment for Commission business varies, but us typically around 10-20 hours a month. Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

In November 2012, Austin voters approved to establish a municipal civil service system for most City employees not covered by state civil service law. The Municipal Civil Service Commission, or MCS Commission, was created by amendment to the City Charter to recommend the MCS rules to Council and also to serve as ruling body on appeals of disciplinary actions by covered City of Austin employees.

The MCS Commission hears appeals and makes final, binding decisions in the case of City employees who are discharged, suspended, demoted, denied a promotion or put on disciplinary probation. If rule revisions are brought forward by the MCS Director, the MCS Commission will recommend modifications to the City Council.

The City Council is looking for the following qualities for appointees to the Municipal Civil Service Commission:

  1. City of Austin resident.
  2. Qualified voter of the City.
  3. Preferred experience or knowledge of the administration of human resources or labor relations.
  4. Preferred experience or knowledge in labor/employment law.

The following persons may not be appointed to the Board:

  • A person who is registered or required to register as a lobbyist under Chapter 4-8 of the City Code
  • Current City of Austin employees.

Application Process
Interested applicants may complete a City of Austin Boards and Commissions application online at https://www.ci.austin.tx.us/cityclerk/boards_commissions/apply_online/register.cfm or in person at the City Clerk’s Office on the first floor of City Hall, 301 West Second Street. (Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online application method.)

Resumes, cover letters and supporting documentation may be submitted electronically to Deena Estrada, Boards and Commissions Coordinator, at deena.estrada

The applications will be reviewed and, if selected, interviews may be scheduled during a special called meeting of the Austin City Council Audit & Finance Committee.

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