There shall be a civil service commission in every county containing 500,000 inhabitants or more according to the last state or United States census and in all other counties the county board of supervisors may establish a civil service commission, called “commission" in ss. 63.01
. Such commission shall consist of 5 members, all of whom shall be legal residents of the county. Appointments shall be made on the basis of recognized and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the problems of civil service. No person holding any elective or appointive public position or office of any sort in said county government shall be appointed thereon.
Except as provided under s. 59.17 (2) (c)
, the chairperson of the board of supervisors of any county, within 30 days after ss. 63.01
become applicable thereto, shall appoint the members of the commission, designating the term of office of each. The appointment and designation shall be subject to confirmation by the board of supervisors. Of the persons first appointed one shall hold for one year, one for 2 years, one for 3 years, one for 4 years, and one for 5 years from the first day of January next following appointment, and until a successor is appointed and qualifies. In the month of December of each year, immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of any commissioner, the board of supervisors shall elect one member of the commission to hold office for the term of 5 years, from the first day of January next succeeding the appointment and until a successor is elected and qualifies.
Every person appointed a member of said commission shall take and file the official oath.
Each member of the commission shall receive such salary as the county board shall determine, which shall not be less than $200 for service performed in any one year. Such compensation shall be paid by the county treasurer on the certificate of the director of personnel, countersigned by the county auditor, if any.
See s. 59.52 (8)
for other authority to establish county civil service systems.
Rules; secretary; employees; offices. 63.02(1)
Such commissioners, as soon as possible after their appointment and qualification, shall prepare and adopt such rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of ss. 63.01
as in their judgment shall be adapted to secure the best service for the county in each department affected by said sections, and as shall tend to promote expedition and speed the elimination of all unnecessary formalities in making appointments. Such rules shall be printed and distributed in such manner as reasonably to inform the public of the county as to their purpose, and shall take effect 10 days after they are published.
The director of personnel shall cause the minutes of its proceedings to be taken and fully transcribed. The original transcribed copy shall be the official minutes of such proceedings and shall be open and available for public inspection. The director of personnel shall preserve all reports made to the commission, keep a record of all examinations held under its direction and perform such other duties as the commission may from time to time prescribe. The director of personnel shall be appointed by the county executive in the unclassified civil service and is subject to confirmation by the county board, as provided in s. 59.17 (2) (bm)
The board of supervisors in every county in which a commission is appointed shall provide suitable offices, furniture, stationery, light, heat, telephone and all other necessary supplies and conveniences to enable the commission to perform its duties.
The federal age discrimination in employment act of 1967, as amended, did not invalidate a county's 35 year maximum age requirement for applicants for deputy sheriffs. 63 Atty. Gen. 530.
In every county in which a commission is appointed, under ss. 63.01
, all offices and positions in the public service in the county shall be divided into 2 classes, namely, the classified and the unclassified service. All such offices and positions, however created or filled, shall be included in the classified service, except as provided under subs. (2)
Except as provided under sub. (3)
, the following officers and positions in every county with a commission created under ss. 63.01
shall be in the unclassified service:
Chief deputy clerk of the circuit court.
All members of the staff of a district attorney's office in any county with a population of 500,000 or more, except employees engaged in clerical and stenographic work.
Investigators in the office of the district attorney, when authorized by the county board.
Students and interns in medical or professional specialties.
Members of the medical staffs of the various hospitals, sanatoriums, and other county institutions who are supplied by a medical school or medical societies without expense to or compensation from the county.
All staff performing services for the Milwaukee County enrollment services unit under s. 49.825
or for the child care provider services unit under s. 49.826
Medical examiner in any county with a population of 500,000 or more.
Corporation counsel in any county with a population of 500,000 or more.
Administrative secretaries to county executive and county board.
Persons between the ages of 14 and 19 who perform part-time services of 20 hours per week or less under a work-creation program devised by the county.
Persons 16 years of age or older who perform training or services, or both, under a work experience program developed by the county or developed under federal auspices or sponsorship. Persons qualifying under this paragraph shall not be eligible for benefits under ch. 108
Employees engaged in the operation of a public transportation system.
Except as otherwise provided in the statutes, if a commission created under ss. 63.01
deems such action to be necessary to secure the best service for the county, the commission may:
Transfer any position of department head, deputy department head, associate department head or immediate assistant department head from the classified service to the unclassified service if the position is in pay range 30 or above. The appointing authority for department heads transferred to or from the classified service under this paragraph shall be designated by county ordinance prior to appointment of any person to any such transferred position. Such appointment shall be subject to confirmation by the county board.
Transfer nonelective offices or positions from the unclassified service under sub. (2)
to the classified service.
Appointments; promotions and removals in classified service.
On and after January first next succeeding the date when ss. 63.01
become applicable in any county no person shall be appointed or promoted to, reduced in, transferred to or in, or removed from the classified service in any such county, except in accordance with the provisions of said sections.
Certifications; appointments; temporary assignments. 63.05(1)(1)
If an appointing authority in any county with a commission under ss. 63.01
learns that a vacancy has occurred or is about to occur in any position in the classified service in his or her department, the appointing authority shall notify the director of personnel of the vacancy. The appointing authority shall include with the notice of the vacancy a recommendation as to whether the vacancy should be filled by promotion, reduction or reinstatement of a named individual employee from any county department or from an eligible list established under s. 63.08
. The director of personnel, with the approval of the commission, may:
After verification by the appointing authority that the recommendation of the appointing authority is based on the employee's merit and fitness for the position and that the employee meets the established minimum qualifications for the position, certify the employee's name to the appointing authority; or
Certify to the appointing authority the number of persons standing highest on the eligible list. The number of persons certified may be set by the commission by rule, subject to s. 63.08 (1) (f)
. The number set by the commission may not be less than 5. If less than 5 names appear on an eligible list at the time that the director of personnel receives the notice of a vacancy, the director may certify the names on the list and the appointing authority may:
From the names certified under sub. (1) (b)
, the appointing authority shall make a selection to fill a vacant position based solely on merit and fitness.
If at the time the director of personnel receives a notice of a vacancy under sub. (1)
there is no eligible list for the vacant position, the appointing authority may fill, temporarily, the position by an emergency appointment, subject to any rule or restriction which the commission adopts.
History: 1977 c. 196
; 1983 a. 148
Rights of employees in military service.
Any person in the classified service in any such county who is now or hereafter becomes an active member of the military or naval forces of the United States during a period officially proclaimed to be a national emergency or limited national emergency or under P.L. 87-117
, shall be granted leave of absence, such leave to be continuous for the duration of the existing emergency or duty, plus 90 days. Service toward seniority or salary advancement shall be deemed not to be interrupted by such military service, provided that persons occupying a probationary status upon commencing such military leave shall revert to such status upon reinstatement. Application for reinstatement shall be made within 90 days from honorable discharge from the military service. Evidence of honorable discharge shall be presented to the civil service commission with such application. The position of the person so on leave shall not be filled except by appointment through the certification of the persons next eligible. Upon application of the person so on leave and presentation of evidence of such honorable discharge and of such evidence of physical fitness to perform the duties of the position formerly occupied as shall be satisfactory to the civil service commission the person shall be reinstated in the position formerly occupied by the person or in a position having similar character and standards of duties and compensation, if such military service was not for more than 4 years unless extended by law. The person appointed to fill such position during the absence of the person so on military leave shall, upon the latter's reinstatement, be transferred to a similar position if one is available, or if not, that person's name shall be placed on the appropriate reinstatement list in accordance with the rules of the civil service commission.
History: 1991 a. 316
Elected county or state officers.
A permanent employee in the classified service of any county having a population of 500,000 or more, who is elected to a county or state office shall be granted a leave of absence without pay from a position for the period of his or her entire service as an elected county or state officer and thereafter shall be entitled to return to the former position or to one with equivalent responsibility and pay in the classified service without loss of seniority or civil service status. At the discretion of the civil service commission, any elected state officer, while on leave of absence, may also be permitted to return to a former position or to one with equivalent responsibility and pay in the classified service for such periods of time as may be set by the commission. This section shall not apply to any department head in the classified service whenever the commission has established a list of department heads or employees of any county department under s. 46.215
History: 1977 c. 271
; 1985 a. 176
A person returning from an approved leave of absence to classified service, without loss of seniority under this section, is treated for seniority purposes as having never left the position in classified service. 78 Atty. Gen. 11
Temporary appointments. 63.07(1)(a)(a)
When need exists for the filling of a position in the classified service for a period of not to exceed 6 months' duration, a temporary appointment shall be made for such period from the proper eligible list or as provided in s. 63.05 (3)
. Such temporary appointment may be extended once for not to exceed 6 months by resolution of the county board after receipt by it of a recommendation for such extension from the civil service commission. The acceptance or refusal by an eligible of a temporary appointment shall not affect that person's standing on the eligible register for permanent employment nor shall the period of service of any temporary appointment be counted as a part of the probationary service required after appointment to a permanent position.
This subsection shall apply to a position created on a temporary basis or to a temporary appointment to a position created on a permanent basis. As to either of such methods of filling a position which has existed for more than one year on June 19, 1941, the county board shall within 60 days after said date provide for filling such position on a permanent basis or abolish the same.
History: 1983 a. 148
; 1991 a. 316
Eligible lists. 63.08(1)(a)(a)
Any applicant for an examination under s. 63.05
, other than an applicant for a deputy sheriff position under s. 59.26 (8) (a)
, shall be a resident of this state before applying for an examination, but the commission may not require any period of residency in the county for entrance to an examination or employment in the county. The commission may require an applicant to file a written application form which bears upon the applicant's fitness for a vacant position and which the commission deems necessary. For a position offering a skilled, technical, or professional service, upon a finding that a suitable number of qualified applicants cannot be obtained from within the state, the commission may open the examination to residents of other states. Residency in this state may be waived for an applicant for an examination for a position which requires a license in a health care field. No question pertaining to political affiliation or religious faith may be asked of any applicant for an examination.
Every examination, including minimum training and experience requirements, to fill a vacant position under this section shall be job-related in compliance with appropriate validation standards. Any experience, whether paid or unpaid, which is relevant to the duties of the position shall be applied toward satisfaction of experience requirements. The names of the persons passing the examination shall be placed on an eligible list in the order of their final grades in the examination. The director of personnel shall certify the list under s. 63.05
No otherwise qualified handicapped person shall be discriminated against in examination, reexamination, appointment, reappointment, promotion or demotion relating to a vacant position under s. 63.05 (1)
unless the handicap is reasonably related to the individual's ability to adequately undertake the job-related responsibilities of that individual's employment.
To ensure competitive equality in an examination under this section between a handicapped applicant and an applicant who is not handicapped, the handicapped applicant may request that the commission furnish a reader or an appropriate place to take the examination or other similar accommodations.
Upon the request of a person who is applying or eligible for a position under this section and who is handicapped, the department of health services shall obtain from the commission a detailed description of the duties of the position, shall investigate the necessity of physical, sensory and mental abilities in the fulfillment of the duties and shall determine and report its findings to the commission as to the physical ability of the applicant or eligible person to perform the duties. The finding shall be conclusive as to the physical qualifications of any applicant or eligible person examined under this paragraph.
The commission may not impose any restriction as to age on any veteran who is applying or eligible for a position under this section. The commission shall give preference points to veterans and their spouses under par. (fm)
, except as provided under subd. 2.
Notwithstanding par. (fm)
, persons shall be certified from the eligible list under s. 63.05 (1) (b)
without adding any preference points to any person's grade.
After the certification under subd. 2.
, any veteran or veteran's spouse whose grade, plus the points to which the veteran or spouse is entitled under par. (fm)
, is equal to or higher than the lowest grade on the list made under subd. 2.
shall be added to the certification list under s. 63.05 (1) (b)
. The number of persons added to a certification list under this subdivision may not exceed the number of persons initially certified under subd. 2.
A preference shall be given to those veterans and to those spouses of veterans specified in subd. 1. a.
who gain eligibility on any competitive employment register and who do not currently hold a permanent appointment or have mandatory restoration rights to a permanent appointment to any position. A preference means the following:
For a veteran, that 10 points shall be added to his or her grade.
For a disabled veteran, that 15 points shall be added to his or her grade.
For a disabled veteran whose disability is at least 30 percent, that 20 points shall be added to his or her grade.
For the spouse of a disabled veteran whose disability is at least 70 percent, that 10 points shall be added to the spouse's grade.
For the unremarried spouse of a veteran who was killed in action, that 10 points shall be added to the spouse's grade.
For the unremarried spouse of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability, that 10 points shall be added to the spouse's grade.
An applicant who is certified for a position after receiving a preference under subd. 1. d.
, or f.
and who is appointed to that position may not obtain a preference under subd. 1. d.
, or f.
for any other civil service position for which the applicant subsequently applies.
The time and place of an examination under this section, the requirements of the position and other necessary information shall be sufficiently advertised to give notice of the examination.
(2) Noncompetitive examination. 63.08(2)(a)(a)
The director of personnel, with the approval of the commission, may hold a noncompetitive entrance examination or a noncompetitive promotional examination if it is impractical to hold a competitive examination and if the examination is for a position:
In an unskilled class of work which has no administrative or supervisory responsibilities and which requires no verbal or clerical skills for proper performance of the duties of the position; or
Requiring highly specialized or technical training which can be adequately demonstrated by possession of related certification or licensing.