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.
Effective January 16, 2009
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.
I am a proud Denver native, growing up in the historic Park Hill neighborhood. Raised as a youth, I was enthralled by the bravery and compassion given by the firefighters sworn to protect us. This had a huge impact on my life and led me to become a Denver Firefighter. My career included specialized emergency services including Hazardous Material mitigation, underwater rescue and high angle rope rescue. As a Black firefighter working in my community, I knew a lot of the youth looked up to me as a role model in our community. A suggestion came from a couple of fellow firefighters after a call we had in our response area that we should erect a life-sized bronze statue, of a firefighter helping a child and put it at the new Station 10 located on MLK Blvd. and Steele St. We checked around and was told by the City administration that all artwork went out to bid. After several months of conversation, the City of Denver gave Colorado Black Professional Firefighters (CBPFF) permission to erect a statue, however we were responsible for the cost. After soliciting private donors, CBPFF raised the money needed to erect the statue and a base for it to sit on. The bronze statue is a firefighter consoling a little child and it was named “Bravery in Arms”. Its permanent home is at Station 10. My proudest moment came when I was promoted to captain and assigned to Station 10. “Bravery in Arms” is dedicated to the past and present Black firefighters across the US. In 2017, I retired from the Denver Fire department after spending 30 years in a fire house and the last five years at Denver International Airport. It was a reminder to me how important your commitment is to serve your community. I will always strive to enhance the lives we serve by our efforts as commissioners and continue to seek a safe and vibrant community.
Commissioner Fitzpatrick was appointed to the Civil Service Commission by the City Council in July 2019, Commissioner Fitzpatrick was a twenty-nine year member of the Denver Police Department and retired as a Division Chief. Commissioner Fitzpatrick became an employee of the Colorado Department of Corrections in the Division of Adult Parole and Community Corrections. In his last assignment with Adult Parole and Community Corrections Commissioner Fitzpatrick had offices in Grand Junction, Craig and Denver. In Addition, Commissioner Fitzpatrick was a member of the Adams County Community Corrections Board for nine years and the Chair Person for three years. Commissioner Fitzpatrick attended the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Police Academy. Commissioner Fitzpatrick obtained and AA degree from Red Rocks Community College and a BA from Columbia College
Kelsey Anne Green was appointed to the Commission by the City Council in March 2018. As a practicing attorney, Commissioner Green represents clients in strategic corporate transactions, fund formations, and corporate governance. Born and raised in Denver, she also enjoys involvement as a board or committee member of a variety of local organizations, such as Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies, and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
Commissioner Green earned her JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.
Sylvia Murray was jointly appointed to the Commission by City Council and Mayor Michael Hancock. She is a Denver native who began her professional career in social work, electing to serve in emergency response focusing on children in imminent crisis. She later transitioned to a career in employee development at a Fortune 500 company. She now brings nearly twenty years’ worth of experience in Human Resources from both the public and private sector. Her broad range human resources expertise includes compliance, recruitment and retention, training and development, performance management, and employee engagement. As a business consultant, she is a sought out professional for new leader coaching as well as employee relations matters, conducting large scale workplace investigations. Commissioner Murray believes that her ultimate strength is in her ability to build and maintain effective professional relationships that enable her to be a trusted thought-partner, working with clients to support their organizational goals.
Commissioner Murray holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational and Leadership Development with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Children, Youth and Families concentration. In addition, she is certified in Mediation and Dispute Resolution.
Along with her professional and educational accomplishments, Commissioner Murray is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, an organization committed to public service to local communities throughout the world. She is also a previous Vice President of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated (Denver Chapter), whose membership is dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
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.