Sec. 8.1. Civil Service Commission.

The Civil Service Commission created by the preceding charter of this City is retained and continued, but it shall now be authorized and governed by the provisions of this charter. The terms of the initial members under this charter shall be the same as those serving on the commission upon the adoption of this charter.

The Commission shall consist of three (3) members, who shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve without compensation and whose term of office shall be for six (6) years, with one term expiring every two (2) years.

No person serving continuously on the Commission for a period in excess of four (4) years shall be eligible to reappointment to the Commission until he or she has been off the Commission for at least one (1) year. No elected official or City officer or employee shall be eligible for appointment to the Commission.

Sec. 8.2. Removal — Vacancy — How Filled — Quorum.

Any member of such Commission may be removed from office for incompetency, incompatibility or dereliction of duty, or malfeasance in office, or other good cause; provided, however, that no member of the Commission shall be removed until charges have been preferred, in writing, due notice and full hearing had before City Council. The members of such Commission shall devote due time and attention to the performance of the duties specified and imposed upon them by this charter. Two members of such Commission shall constitute a quorum, and votes of any two (2) members of such Commission concurring shall be sufficient for the decision of all matters and the transaction of all business to be decided or transacted by the Commission under or by virtue of the provisions of this charter.

Any vacancy in the Commission shall be filled by the Mayor for the unexpired term. (Ord. 2924-06 § 11, 2006)

Sec. 8.3. Commission — Powers.

(a) The Commission shall provide for the classification of all employees except day laborers and the appointive officers mentioned in the previous sections of this charter; for open, competitive examination as to fitness; for an eligibility list from which vacancies shall be filled; for a period of probation; and for promotion on the basis of merit, experience and record.

(b) Employees within the scope of this article who are in office at the time of the adoption of this charter shall retain their positions, unless removed for cause.

(c) The Council may, by ordinance, confer upon the Commission such further rights and duties as may be deemed necessary to enforce and carry out the principles of this article.

(d) The Commission shall have such rights, powers and duties as to enable the City, through such Commission, to substantially accomplish the purpose of Chapters 41.08 and 41.12 of the Revised Code of Washington. (Ord. 2924-06 § 12, 2006)

Sec. 8.4. Removals.

An employee may be suspended by the head of the department under which he or she is employed and then the employee’s compensation shall cease. The officer making the order shall immediately file with the Commission a statement of the suspension and the reasons for the suspension. Within thirty (30) calendar days after suspension, the employee so suspended may file an appeal with the Commission. The Commission shall then cause notice of the time and place when and where a hearing on the appeal will be had, which hearing shall be within ten (10) days after such appeal shall have been taken. The Commission shall cause written notice of the time and place when and where such hearing shall be had to be served on such employee at least ten (10) business days before the hearing. All such hearings shall be public, and the employee shall have the right of legal counsel at such hearing. The Commission shall render its decision in writing within five (5) business days after such hearing, and such decision shall be final. (Ord. 2924-06 § 13, 2006)

Sec. 8.5. Commission — Rules and Regulations.

The Commission shall have power to make rules and regulations for the conduct of its business and shall meet at least once monthly. The rules and regulations of the Commission existing at the time of the adoption of the charter shall continue to exist under the charter until, or unless changed by or pursuant to this charter, state law, ordinance, or the Commission.