Chapter 2.56


2.56.010    Police department – System adopted.

2.56.020    Police department – Commission created.

2.56.025    Officers and procedures – Police department – Civil service commission.

2.56.030    Repealed.

2.56.040    Repealed.

2.56.045    Meetings.

2.56.050    Repealed.

2.56.010 Police department – System adopted.

A. Except as provided in subsection (B) of this section, the system commonly known as “civil service” as set forth in Chapter 41.12 RCW is adopted for the police department, and all full paid employment therein, and all advancements, demotions, suspensions, discharges or control thereof, and of the members thereof, shall be under the control of and governed by civil service rules prescribed in or adopted pursuant to Chapter 41.12 RCW as now enacted or as hereafter amended.

B. Pursuant to RCW 41.12.050(2), the position of police chief shall be exempt from the police department civil service. In accordance with RCW 41.12.050(3), the police chief shall be entitled to designate a certain number of additional positions, to be known as the unclassified service, as exempt from the police department civil service. In designating positions as exempt, the police chief shall follow the procedures and requirements set forth in RCW 41.12.050. (Ord. 3385 § 1, 2020; Ord. 3250 § 1, 2017; Ord. 52 § 1, 1959)

2.56.020 Police department – Commission created.

There is created for the administration of such civil service for the police department, a civil service commission composed of three members, who shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to the approval of a majority of the city council. The term of office of the civil service commission shall be six years, except that the first three members of such commission shall be appointed for different terms, as follows: one to serve for a period of two years, one to serve for a period of four years and one to serve for a period of six years. In the event any civil service commissioner shall resign, become disqualified or be removed for cause, another commissioner shall be appointed to take his place for the unexpired portion of the term. (Ord. 3385 § 1, 2020; Ord. 52 § 2, 1959)

2.56.025 Officers and procedures – Police department – Civil service commission.

The civil service commission shall elect from its membership a presiding officer who shall be referred to as a chairman, chairwoman, or chairperson, as may be appropriate, who shall serve for one year. The commission may elect other officers as the commission deems necessary. The commission shall provide a manner for minutes and records of all regular meetings to be kept. The commission shall adopt rules of procedure, provided, a majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority of the quorum at attendance at any meeting shall be necessary to carry any proposition. (Ord. 3385 § 1, 2020; Ord. 2036 § 7, 1995)

2.56.030 Fire department – System adopted.

Repealed by Ord. 3385. (Ord. 3250 § 2, 2017; Ord. 548 § 1, 1970)

2.56.040 Fire department – Commission created.

Repealed by Ord. 3385. (Ord. 548 § 2, 1970)

2.56.045 Meetings.

A meeting of the board shall be held at least once a month. (Ord. 3385 § 1, 2020; Ord. 2036 § 8, 1995)

2.56.050 Fire department – Provisions adopted – Filing required.

Repealed by Ord. 3385. (Ord. 548 § 3, 1970)