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Sonoma County Civil Service Commission Vacancy

Published: January 18, 2024

Applications are currently being accepted to fill a vacant seat on the County of Sonoma Civil Service Commission. The Commission is a nonpartisan public body responsible for oversight of the County’s personnel system. This system is used for the selection, promotion, and retention of classified employees in Sonoma County civil service, as governed by the County’s Civil Service Ordinance, to assure the best-qualified persons available are hired into County employment.

The Civil Service Commission is comprised of five members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, each serving a four-year term. Civil Service Commission meetings are held at the County Human Resources Department, in Santa Rosa, on the First and Third Thursday of the month and begin at 3:30 PM. Commissioners are compensated $125 for half-day meetings and $250 for full-day meetings.

The Civil Service Commission prescribes, amends, and enforces the Civil Service Rules, makes determinations on classification study recommendations presented by Human Resources staff, and makes final decisions on appeals involving alleged improper action or the denial of any rights provided by the Civil Service Ordinance and Civil Service Rules. This includes appeal of classification, examination procedures, layoff administration, and disciplinary actions.

Individuals interested in applying to fill this vacancy should be knowledgeable of the principles and practices of human resources administration, including recruitment methods, personnel management, and the classification of positions. Experience with a civil service system is highly desired. The interest and ability to hear appeals and complaints, be decisive, and determine outcomes are paramount for the position. Pursuant to the County of Sonoma’s Civil Service Ordinance, Commissioners must be eligible to vote in Sonoma County and cannot currently be employed by the County, in either the classified or unclassified service.

If you or someone you know may be interested in this opportunity, please visit the Civil Service Commission webpage, the County’s Boards & Commissions webpage, or contact Yuka Kamiishi at (707) 565-6195 or for more information. Applications are accepted online here. (Please refer to the “Apply” button at the top of the page.)