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.
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.
Neal G. Berlin has served continuously since being appointed by the City Council in January 2007. For many years he served citizens as a city manager in communities, including Ann Arbor, Michigan; Arvada, Colorado; Iowa City, Iowa, and Hanover, New Hampshire. Major responsibilities included oversight of police and fire operations. His primary professional interests are organizational change, personnel administration, responsiveness to citizens, prudent financial management, and consensus building.
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, Harvard University, American University, the University of Colorado and the University of Denver.
Commissioner Berlin served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center for many years, seeking to improve the lives of persons challenged with developmental disabilities. He is a council member of the Unity Spiritual Center of Denver.
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.
Beginning as a police officer for the City of Arvada in 1967, retired Professor Joseph G. Sandoval has worked in the area of public safety throughout his professional career. He worked as an attorney for approximately 20 years. Working in the area of police-community relations for over 45 years, he was involved in the process for establishing the Public Safety Review Commission and the Citizen Oversight Board, as well as the Office of Independent Monitor. He served as Chair of the Public Safety Review Commission and was the first Chair of the Citizen Oversight Board. He has made presentations on review of police and police-community relations at national conferences. He is a retired faculty member, after 42 years with the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department, at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He writes weekly faith-based commentaries; he also writes on family history with articles published in the Colorado Hispanic Genealogical Journal. Mayor Michael Hancock appointed Commissioner Sandoval in 2015.
In August 2003, Mr. Trujillo was appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper, to the position of Chief of the Denver Fire Department, responsible for one of the largest fire departments in the country. After 9/11, Mr. Trujillo assisted in raising over $2 million for the New York Firefighters Emergency Relief Fund. He was also a very active member of the Firefighters Incorporated for Racial Equality (F.I.R.E). In August 2007, after 25 years of service, Mr. Trujillo retired from the Denver Fire Department. Appointed as Director of Homeland Security in 2010 by Governor Ritter, he remained in that position for one more year with Governor Hickenlooper.
In addition to currently serving as a Eucharistic Minister for Guardian Angel Church, Mr. Trujillo has made significant community contributions. He is a board member and or committee member for the following organizations: Denver’s Latino Commission, LAEF (Latin American Education Foundation), American Heart Association, La Clinica Tepeyac and La Escuela Tlatelolco, and the Mark Langvardt Memorial Tournament for Mount St. Vincent Home. Mr. Trujillo attended the University of Northern Colorado and Metropolitan State University. He is bilingual, and holds numerous certifications. He is a Real Estate Broker for Modern Real Estate, the owner of LDT Consulting, LLC, and Managing Partner of CovertaCard, LLC. He was appointed Commissioner by Mayor Michael Hancock in 2015.
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