Now Accepting Applications For Civil Service Commission Appointment

January 30, 2020

Ferndale City Council will consider applicants to fill a vacancy on the City's Civil Service Commission.

The Civil Service Commission was established by City Charter in 1927. The Commission's duty is to represent the public interest in personnel administration in through oversight of the Civil Service System. The purpose of the Civil Service System, which is based on merit principles and scientific methods, is to afford a fair and equal opportunity for public service, to establish conditions of service which will attract employees of character and capacity, and to improve the efficiency of personnel administration. The Commission provides an avenue of appeal for disciplinary action, approves test battery and qualification procedures and approves eligibility lists for promotions and new hires, and oversees the appointment and probationary periods of full-time employees.

The Civil Service Commission meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 a.m. if there is business to be discussed. The Commission consists of three members, each serving six-year terms, who are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. The positions are unpaid.

Members must be City residents qualified by experience and/or training in matters related to personnel/governmental administration. Preferred qualifications/areas of expertise:

  • Employment/labor law
  • Human resources/personnel
  • Labor relations
  • Public administration

If you're interested in being considered for this Commission appointment, please complete the digital application. Resumes and/or letters of intent are also encouraged and can be sent directly to the City Clerk, Marne McGrath, at

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, February 5, 2020. City Council will review applications and the Mayor will make her appointment recommendation at the February 10, 2020 City Council meeting. their decision and announcement at their August 5 meeting.

If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 248-546-4366 or email


Kara Sokol

Communications Director