The Denver Civil Service Commission was established in 1904. We are an independent agency overseen by a Board of Commissioners and governed by the City Charter and Commission rules. The Board of Commissioners is composed of five civilian members. The Mayor appoints two members; City Council appoints two members; and one member is nominated by the Mayor, subject to the approval of the City Council, and is appointed by ordinance. Commissioners are compensated for each meeting or official function attended. The Commissioners oversee the administrative functions of the Executive Director, who supervises a staff of professional, technical, and clerical employees, in addition to Background Investigators. By City Charter, the duties and responsibilities of the Civil Service Commission include:
The Commission will adhere to the City Charter, the City’s Code of Ethics, and we will endeavor to certify the best qualified candidates for employment and promotions that represent the diversity of the community we serve. This will enable the Commission to not only meet but exceed our responsibilities to the Mayor, City Council, Denver Police and Fire Departments, respective unions, employee organizations and the Citizens of Denver.
The Denver Civil Service Commission through its appointed Commissioners, Executive Director and respected staff do hereby affirm our Mission Statement.
The Commission is responsible for administering the testing process for entry-level and promotional positions within the Denver Police and Fire Departments, policy administration, and hearing disciplinary appeals of classified members.
|COMMISSION RULES DECEMBER 19, 2014|
|Table||Table of Contents||12/19/2014|
|Rule 3||Qualifications for Application and Original Appointment||12/19/2014||12/19/2014|
|Rule 4||Applications for Original Appointment||12/05/2000||06/30/2005|
|Rule 5||Examination, Screening and Other Requirements for Original Appointment||11/01/2007||12/23/2008|
|Rule 6||Promotional Examinations and Requirements||05/24/2005||12/23/2008|
|Rule 7||Examination Lists and Eligible Registers||11/01/2007||12/23/2008|
|Rule 8||Requisition, Certification and Appointment||08/15/2005||08/15/2005|
|Rule 10||Classified Service Ranks and Grades||05/24/2005||06/30/2005|
|Rule 11||Reduction of Force or Rank, Leave of Absence, Resignation, Reemployment, Return to Duty||12/27/1998||06/30/2005|
|Rule 12||Disqualification and Disciplinary Appeals, Hearings and Procedures||05/12/2008||05/13/2008|
|Rule 12*||Disqualification and Disciplinary Appeals, Hearings and Procedures||03/09/2013|
|Rule 13||Records and Reports||04/23/1998||06/30/2005|
|Rule 14||Hearing Officer Selection and Qualifications||08/08/2012||08/08/2012|
|Rule 16||Public Safety Cadets||04/23/1998||06/30/2005|
|Rule 17||Original Appointment – Special Categories||05/24/2005||06/30/2005|
|Rule 18||Validity of Rules||04/23/1998||06/30/2005|
*This newest version of Rule 12 is applicable only to disciplinary or disqualification appeals initially filed on or aster March 9, 2013.
It is the policy of the Civil Service Commission (“Commission”) that its employees, contract employees, temporary workers, and applicants for employment or promotion with the Commission or Classified Service of the Denver Fire Department or Denver Police Department have a right to be free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based upon actual or perceived race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, gender/sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or caregiver status), marital status, military status, religion, political affiliation, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law or regulation.
A report or complaint of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation may be made verbally or in writing. Any person reporting a potential violation of this policy or otherwise participating in the complaint or investigation process should understand that confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible but that absolute confidentiality and anonymity cannot be guaranteed.
Retaliation is conduct taken against an employee or applicant because the employee or applicant has engaged in any of the above-listed protected activities. Retaliation can include but is not limited to such acts as disciplining an employee, giving an employee a negative performance evaluation, refusing to recommend an individual for a benefit for which he or she qualifies, giving an employee a less desirable job assignment, spreading rumors about an individual, encouraging hostility from co-workers, and escalating harassment. Any Commission employee engaging in or encouraging retaliation will be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions.
Mr. Peterson has served as Executive Director since November 2000. Prior to this position he was in the private sector for over 19 years with Champion International Corporation, Nationwide Papers Division as Operations Manager, Administration Manager and Marketing Manager. Mr. Peterson is a graduate of the State University College of Arts and Science, Geneseo, New York, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science.
As a City Council appointee, Neal G. Berlin was first appointed to the Commission in January 2007. For over 35 years he served local governments as a city manager; including Ann Arbor, Michigan; Arvada, Colorado; Iowa City, Iowa and Hanover, New Hampshire. Major responsibilities included oversight of Police and Fire operations and personnel administration. His primary professional interests are organizational change, responsiveness to citizens, effective and prudent financial management and consensus building. Commissioner Berlin served in the U.S. Army. Commissioner Berlin received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.
He has undertaken additional academic work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, American University, the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. Commissioner Berlin works to improve the lives of persons who are challenged with developmental disabilities. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance and Personnel Committee of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center in Lakewood that provides services to persons with developmental disabilities in four counties. His term expires 12/31/2016.
As a Mayoral appointee, Dr. Hillary Potter was first appointed to the Commission in February 2009. Dr. Potter is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she teaches criminology courses. Her area of specialization is in race, gender, and class issues as they relate to crime and violence.
Dr. Potter, a resident of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, was born and raised in Denver. Dr. Potter holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Dr. Potter’s published work includes her books Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse (New York University Press, 2008) and Racing the Storm; Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (editor; Lexington Books, 2007). Her term expires 12/31/2015.
As a joint representative appointment of the Mayor and City Council, Federico Alvarez, Esq. was appointed to the Commission in June, 2013. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. As a practicing attorney, Commissioner Alvarez is currently involved in mediation and arbitration matters. He has extensive litigation experience and has worked in private practice and has served as a Public Defender and as an Assistant Attorney General. He has also served as a Judge in the Denver County and District Courts.
Commissioner Alvarez participates in a number of organizations including the American Arbitration Association, the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline, the Rhone-Brackett Inn of Court, the Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Denver Athletic Club, and the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. His term expires 12/31/2015.
As a City Council appointee, Anna Flores was first appointed to the Commission in October 2003 Commissioner Flores is a life long Denver resident. She attended Fairview Elementary School, Lake Jr. High School, West High School, and Metropolitan State College with a double major in Political Science and Spanish. Former Mayor Federico Pena appointed her as the Director for the Denver Commission on Aging from 1983 to 1989. Commissioner Flores previously narrated for the Colorado Talking Library for the Blind. She is an accomplished author and has written four books. Her term expires 12/31/2015.
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