Civil Service Commission
Among other duties, the Civil Service Commission hears and determines appeals on a wide variety of human resource and employment issues.
The State Civil Service Commission (Commission) is composed of three members: the Commissioner of the Department of Civil Service, who serves as President of the Commission, and two commissioners. By law, not more than two of the three can be members of the same political party. Each is appointed to a term of six years, and vacancies on the Commission are filled by gubernatorial appointment, upon and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for the unexpired term.
The Commission adopts and modifies rules governing a wide range of State civil service matters. These rules are subject to approval of the Governor and have the force and effect of law. The Commission also hears and determines appeals on such matters as examination qualifications, examination ratings, position classifications, pay grade determinations, disciplinary actions, the use of preferred lists, and requests to continue the employment of individuals who are retired. In addition, the Commission has the authority to oversee the operations of municipal Civil Service Commissions and city and county personnel officers.
The Commission meetings are held at the New York State Media Services Center, Suite 146, South Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY. The meetings are also available for viewing via webcast in real-time and on-demand.
The Commission appeal meetings are held at the Department of Civil Service, Agency Building 1, Albany, New York unless otherwise indicated.
The Commission is an independent body that hears and determines appeals submitted by candidates, state employees, state agencies, or state employee unions, who object to final determinations made by the Department of Civil Service. The jurisdiction of the Commission is set forth in the State Civil Service Law and Rules.
Consistent with the goal of building and sustaining a workforce that reflects the many unique faces, voices, backgrounds, and ideas of the people we serve, agencies are required to submit a comprehensive staffing plan for each position included in the jurisdictional classification request letter when submitting requests for positions outside the competitive class.
The Observers' Guide provides overview of the Commission's mission, functions and role.
By law, classified service positions are in the competitive jurisdictional class, unless the State Civil Service Commission (Commission) acts to approve placement outside of the competitive class. Agencies may submit a request to the Commission to place existing jobs, or create new job titles, within the exempt, non-competitive or labor classes. Positions in these three jurisdictional classes can be filled outside of the normal competitive examination process.