Official recovery information for Sonoma County fires:  SonomaCountyRecovers.org »
civil service banner

Civil Service Rules

Effective May 4, 2017

Table of Contents

Rule 1 - Definition of Terms

(Revised 7/1/2010, 10/21/2010,11/15/2012)

Rule 2 - Organization and Administration

Section 2.1 Civil Service System
Section 2.2 Civil Service Commission (Rev. 1/20/00)
Section 2.3 County Human Resources Director
Section 2.4 Roster of Employees and Positions
Section 2.5 Reports by Appointing Authorities
Section 2.6 Ex Parte Rule (Rev. 7/20/9)

Rule 3 - Classification

Section 3.1 Classification of Positions (Rev. 1/20/00)
Section 3.2 Changes in Classification or Positions (Rev. 1/20/00, 7/1/10)
Section 3.3 Status of Incumbent of Position After Change in Classification (Rev. 3/15/95, 7/1/10, 8/4/16)
Section 3.4 Class Specifications
Section 3.5 Class Qualifications
Section 3.6 Use of Class Titles and Working Titles
Section 3.7 Temporary Classifications (Rev. 8//93)

Rule 4 - Announcements and Applications

Section 4.1 Announcements (Rev 12/15/11)
Section 4.2 Applications
Section 4.3 Disqualification
Section 4.4 Qualifications for Veterans Preference (Rev. 7/1/10)

Rule 5 - Examinations

Section 5.1 Scheduling of Examinations
Section 5.2 Types of Examinations (Rev. 7/1/10)
Section 5.3 Conduct of Examinations
Section 5.4 Scoring of Examinations (Rev. 7/1/10)
Section 5.5 Review of Examinations
Section 5.6 Appeal of Examinations
Section 5.7 Copying of Examination Records
Section 5.8 Retention of Examination Records

Rule 6 - Employment Lists

Section 6.1 Establishment of Employment Lists
Section 6.2 Employment Lists- Order of Priority (Rev. 7/1/10)
Section 6.3 Promotional Employment Lists
Section 6.4 Open Employment Lists
Section 6.5 Approval of List
Section 6.6 Correction of Lists
Section 6.7 Abolishment of Lists
Section 6.8 Free Name (Rev. 3/20/96)
Section 6.9 Removal of Names From Employment List
Section 6.10 Expiration of Lists (Rev. 7/1/10)

Rule 7 - Certifications and Waivers

Section 7.1 Request for Certification (Rev. 1/30/92, 7/1/10)
Section 7.2 Certification of Candidates (Rev.6/1/00, 7/1/10)
Section 7.3 Special Certifications
Section 7.4 Promotional Certifications (Rev. 7/1/10)
Section 7.5 Waivers of Certifications
Section 7.6 Report of Certification

Rule 8 - Appointments

Section 8.1 Appointment After Certification
Section 8.2 Provisional Appointments
Section 8.3 Referrals for Appointment
Section 8.4 Temporary Promotions (Rev. 7/1/10)
Section 8.5 Extra-Help Appointments
Section 8.6 Reports of Appointments
Section 8.7 Transfers (Rev. 2/1/89, 3/7/90, 5/21/98, 7/1/10)
Section 8.8 Demotions (Rev. 7/1/10)
Section 8.9 Return to Civil Service Status
Section 8.10 Return From Recurring Defined Term Position (Added 7/07/05)

Rule 9 - Probationary Period

Section 9.1 Purpose of Probationary Period
Section 9.2 Status of Employee (Rev. 7/1/10)
Section 9.3 Duration of Probationary Period
Section 9. Interruption of Probationary Period
Section 9.5 Waiver of Probation Period
Section 9.6 Expiration of Probationary Period
Section 9.7 Dismissal of Probationary Employees (Rev. 5/3/95, 7/1/10)

Rule 10 - Separations and Suspensions

Section 10.1 Separations
Section 10.2 Resignations (Rev. 5/20/10)
Section 10.3 Dismissals (Rev. 7/1/10)
Section 10. Suspension/Demotions/Reductions in Pay (Rev. 10/18/95)
Section 10.5 Procedures for Dismissal, Reduction in Salary Step, Suspension or Involuntary Demotion of Officers of Employees who have Permanent Status (Rev.1/20/00, 6/1/00, 5/20/10))

Rule 11 - Layoffs

Section 11.1 Order of Layoff (Rev. 3/5/97, 11/19/98, 11/1/12, 5/4/17)
Section 11.2 Alternate Classes
Section 11.3 Displacement (Rev. 3/5/97, 7/1/10)
Section 11.4 Restoration (Rev. 3/5/97, 7/1/10, 11/1/12)
Section 11.5 Appeals
Section 11.6 Competing in Examinations/Employment Selection Process After Layoff (Added 7/1/10)

Rule 12 - Leaves of Absence

Section 12.1 Leave Without Pay
Section 12.2 Leave With Pay
Section 12.3 Return to Work After Illness or Disability

Rule 13 - Nepotism

Section 13.1 Initial Employment
Section 13.2 Promotion
Section 13.3 Other Employment Situations

Rule 14 - Employee Reports

Section 14.1 Performance Reports
Section 14.2 Medical Reports

Rule 15 - Judicial Review

Section 15.1 Limitation of Actions
Section 15.2 Record
Section 15.3 No Rival
Section 15. Finality of Decision

Rule 16 - Adoption and Amendments of Rules

Section 16.1 Adoption and Effective Date
Section 16.2 Amendment

Contact Information

Adriana Call
Executive Secretary
Civil Service Commission
Human Resources Department
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464975, -122.725632

Download a Printable Version

Civil Service Rules
(PDF: 298 kB)

Frequently Asked Questions

Rule 11 - Layoffs

Recruitment and Classification Analysts assist departments with layoff administration.

Read more

 

Some content on this page is saved in alternate format. To view these files, download the following software.

Windows Media Player   Windows Media® Player for Windows, Flip4MAC for MAC OSX
Compressed ZIP Archive   WinZip® for downloading compressed files
Return to top of page
Return to top of page