63.25   Rules, what to require.
63.26   Appointments to conform to rules.
63.27   Rules not applicable to certain officers.
63.28   Civil service to include stenographic and clerical employees in the office of the city attorney.
63.29   Civil service for attorneys in office of city attorney.
63.30   Secretary; selection, duties.
63.31   Funds for board.
63.32   Applicants to be examined; character of examinations.
63.33   Examinations reasonable.
63.34   Notice of examinations.
63.35   Application, contents.
63.36   Appointment of examiners; compensation.
63.37   Board to keep a register of eligibles.
63.38   Persons examined not to be obstructed, aided or impersonated.
63.39   Vacancies, how filled.
63.40   Special expert class.
63.41   Vacancies in special cases, how filled.
63.42   Notice to commissioners of all appointments, and of all offices abandoned.
63.43   Removals for just cause only; reasons to be furnished in writing; hearings; decisions.
63.44   Provisions for removals not to apply to certain departments.
63.45   No payments approved or made of salary in the classified service except as provided.
63.49   No promotion or demotion for making or refusing political contributions.
63.50   Use of money prohibited.
63.51   The improper use or promise of political influence forbidden.
63.52   Violations, city civil service; vacates office; disqualification; prosecution.
63.53   Board of school directors employees.
subch. I of ch. 63 SUBCHAPTER I
63.01 63.01 County civil service commission; appointment; terms.
63.01(1)(1)There shall be a civil service commission in every county containing 750,000 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 to 63.16. 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.
63.01(2) (2)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 to 63.16 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.
63.01(3) (3)Every person appointed a member of said commission shall take and file the official oath.
63.01(4) (4)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.
63.01 History History: 1983 a. 148 ss. 2, 8; 1983 a. 538; 1985 a. 29 s. 3202 (56); 1995 a. 201; 2017 a. 207 s. 5.
63.01 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See s. 59.52 (8) for other authority to establish county civil service systems.
63.02 63.02 Rules; secretary; employees; offices.
63.02(1)(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 to 63.16 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.
63.02(2) (2)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).
63.02(3) (3)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.
63.02 Annotation 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.
63.03 63.03 Classification.
63.03(1)(1)In every county in which a commission is appointed, under ss. 63.01 to 63.16, 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) and (3).
63.03(2) (2)Except as provided under sub. (3), the following officers and positions in every county with a commission created under ss. 63.01 to 63.17 shall be in the unclassified service:
63.03(2)(a) (a) All officials elected by the people.
63.03(2)(b) (b) All members of boards and commissions.
63.03(2)(d) (d) Court reporters of circuit court.
63.03(2)(f) (f) Undersheriff.
63.03(2)(g) (g) Deputy register of deeds.
63.03(2)(h) (h) Chief deputy clerk of the circuit court.
63.03(2)(i) (i) Deputy county clerk.
63.03(2)(j) (j) Deputy county treasurer.
63.03(2)(k) (k) Deputy coroner.
63.03(2)(km) (km) All members of the staff of a district attorney's office in any county with a population of 750,000 or more, except employees engaged in clerical and stenographic work.
63.03(2)(n) (n) Investigators in the office of the district attorney, when authorized by the county board.
63.03(2)(o) (o) Students and interns in medical or professional specialties.
63.03(2)(p) (p) Residents in the medical specialties.
63.03(2)(q) (q) 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.
63.03(2)(r) (r) 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.
63.03(2)(s) (s) County executive.
63.03(2)(sg) (sg) Medical examiner in any county with a population of 750,000 or more.
63.03(2)(sm) (sm) Corporation counsel in any county with a population of 750,000 or more.
63.03(2)(t) (t) Administrative secretaries to county executive and county board.
63.03(2)(u) (u) 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.
63.03(2)(v) (v) 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.
63.03(2)(w) (w) Sergeant at arms to the county board.
63.03(2)(x) (x) Employees engaged in the operation of a public transportation system.
63.03(2)(y) (y) Any position of general manager under s. 27.03 (2), director under s. 46.21 (1m) (a), department director under s. 59.52 (1), director of personnel under s. 63.02 (2) or county highway commissioner under s. 83.01 (1).
63.03(2)(z) (z) Circuit court commissioners under s. 757.68 (1) employed on a full-time basis.
63.03(3) (3)Except as otherwise provided in the statutes, if a commission created under ss. 63.01 to 63.17 deems such action to be necessary to secure the best service for the county, the commission may:
63.03(3)(a) (a) 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.
63.03(3)(b) (b) Transfer nonelective offices or positions from the unclassified service under sub. (2) to the classified service.
63.04 63.04 Appointments; promotions and removals in classified service. On and after January first next succeeding the date when ss. 63.01 to 63.16 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.
63.05 63.05 Certifications; appointments; temporary assignments.
63.05(1)(1)If an appointing authority in any county with a commission under ss. 63.01 to 63.16 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:
63.05(1)(a) (a) 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
63.05(1)(b) (b) 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:
63.05(1)(b)1. 1. Appoint from the certified names; or
63.05(1)(b)2. 2. Request the certification of additional names.
63.05(2) (2)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.
63.05(3) (3)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.
63.05 History History: 1977 c. 196; 1983 a. 148.
63.06 63.06 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.
63.06 History History: 1991 a. 316.
63.065 63.065 Elected county or state officers. A permanent employee in the classified service of any county having a population of 750,000 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.
63.065 History History: 1977 c. 271; 1985 a. 176; 2017 a. 207 s. 5.
63.065 Annotation 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.
2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2021 Wis. Act 91 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on January 5, 2022. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after January 5, 2022, are designated by NOTES. (Published 1-5-22)