Whenever a person possessing appointing power in the county, the chief executive officer of a department, board or institution, the county park commission, county election commission, civil service commission, and county board of welfare as to officers and employees under their respective jurisdictions, believes that an officer or employee in the classified service in that person's, commission's or board's department has acted in such a manner as to show the officer or employee to be incompetent to perform the officer's or employee's duties or to have merited demotion or dismissal, the person, commission or board shall report in writing to the civil service commission setting forth specifically the complaint against the officer or employee, and may suspend the officer or employee at the time such complaint is filed. It is the duty of the director of personnel to file charges against any officer or employee in the classified service upon receipt of evidence showing cause for demotion or discharge of the officer or employee in cases where a department head or appointing authority neglects or refuses to file charges. Charges may be filed by any citizen against an officer or employee in the classified service where in the judgment of the commission the facts alleged under oath by the citizen and supported by affidavit of one or more witnesses would if charged and established amount to cause for the discharge of the officer or employee. The commission shall forthwith notify the accused officer or employee of the filing of the charges and on request provide the officer or employee with a copy of the same. Nothing in this subsection shall limit the power of the department head to suspend a subordinate for a reasonable period not exceeding 10 days. In case an employee is again suspended within 6 months for any period whatever, the employee so suspended shall have the right of hearing by the commission on the second suspension or any subsequent suspension within said period the same as herein provided for in demotion or dismissal proceedings.
The commission shall appoint a time and place for the hearing of said charges, the time to be within 3 weeks after the filing of the same, and notify the person possessing the appointing power and the accused of the time and place of such hearing. At the termination of the hearing the commission shall determine whether or not the charge is well founded and shall take such action by way of suspension, demotion, discharge or reinstatement, as it may deem requisite and proper under the circumstances and as its rules may provide. The decision of the commission shall be final. Neither the person possessing the appointing power nor the accused shall have the right to be represented by counsel at said hearing, but the commission may in its discretion permit the accused to be represented by counsel and may request the presence of an assistant district attorney to act with the commission in an advisory capacity.
If the county and a labor organization representing employees of the county enter into a collective bargaining agreement under subch. IV of ch. 111
, the agreement may provide that the provisions of the agreement relating to dismissal, demotion and suspension shall supersede this section with respect to employees covered by the agreement while the agreement is in effect. This subsection does not apply to any action under sub. (1)
to suspend an employee with pay.
The 10 day suspension under sub. (1) applies only to minor cases warranting intradepartmental discipline, not to serious charges referred to the civil service commission. State ex rel. Messner v. Milwaukee County Civil Service Commission, 56 Wis. 2d 438
, 202 N.W.2d 13
The time limitation under sub. (2) is mandatory. Karow v. Milwaukee County Civil Service Commission, 82 Wis. 2d 565
, 263 N.W.2d 214
When an employee resigns and adequately alleges that the resignation was coerced, a timely demand for reinstatement or a hearing requires the commission to schedule a hearing. Watkins v. Milwaukee County Civil Service Commission, 88 Wis. 2d 411
, 276 N.W.2d 775
Review of an order under this section shall be by certiorari. Iushewitz v. Personnel Review Board, 176 Wis. 2d 706
, 500 N.W.2d 634
A county rule that allowed the imposition of a reevaluation period after suspension of an employee did not conflict with sub. (2) or s. 59.52 (8). The legislative decision in sub. (2) to permit a local government to impose discipline as its rules provide was dispositive in this case. When there had been a just cause determination and hearing for the conduct at issue, the county could impose a reevaluation period with consequences for another instance of that conduct without running afoul of the requirements of the statutes. However, the reevaluation period was required to conform to the county rule's requirements for specificity and relationship to the employee's violations. Miller v. Milwaukee County Personnel Review Board, 2016 WI App 83
, 372 Wis. 2d 440
, 887 N.W.2d 919
Standard scale of compensation.
The director of personnel, under the direction of the commission and in cooperation with the county clerk, or county auditor, if any, and with the heads of the various departments, shall devise and recommend to the board of supervisors a standardized scale of wages and salaries for all county offices and positions in the classified service. The wage scale shall be graduated according to the duties performed, the length of service and efficiency records of the officers or employees, and the time of day or night those services are performed by the establishment of shifts. The supervisors shall consider and act in some way upon this scale at the last meeting of the board of supervisors in the month of October next following its recommendation, and if adopted it shall go into effect on the first day of January following its adoption, or at such other date as may be provided by law.
History: 1983 a. 148
; 1995 a. 225
Public employment is a property right for those given tenure by operation of civil service regulations or laws. Vorwald v. School District of River Falls, 167 Wis. 2d 549
, 482 N.W.2d 93
Investigations; testimonial powers; witnesses. 63.12(1)(1)
Each member of the commission may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, examine witnesses and compel the production of documents, records, and papers of all sorts in conducting such investigations as the commission may deem necessary or proper in order to ascertain whether or not the provisions of ss. 63.01
are being carried into effect. The commission may examine such public records as it requires in relation to any such investigation. All officers and other persons in the civil service of the county shall attend and testify when required to do so by the commission.
In case of the refusal of any person to comply with any subpoena issued hereunder or to testify to any matter regarding which the person may be lawfully interrogated, the circuit court of the county or the judge thereof, on application of any one of the commissioners, shall issue an order requiring such person to comply with such subpoena and to testify, or either, and any failure to obey such order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt thereof.
Each person, not in the civil service of the county, who appears before the commission by its order shall receive for attendance the fees and mileage provided for witnesses in civil actions in courts of record which shall be paid out of the appropriation to the commission. But no witness subpoenaed at the instance of parties other than the commission shall be entitled to witness fees or mileage unless the commission certifies that the testimony of the witness was relevant and material to the matter investigated.
History: 1991 a. 316
Certification of payrolls.
No payment for personal services of any officer or employee in the classified service of any county wherein ss. 63.01
are applicable shall be made by any county officer unless the commission has certified that the officer or employee claiming such payment is holding a position legally under the provisions of said ss. 63.01
and the rules of the commission. Such certification shall be required on each and every payroll for each and every office and position in the county service, which is subject to the provisions of said ss. 63.01
. County officers making payments in violation of this section shall be liable for the full amount thus paid and shall be deemed guilty of a violation of the provisions of said ss. 63.01
, and subject to the penalties provided in s. 63.17
History: 1991 a. 316
Prohibited influences and practices. 63.14(1)(1)
Except as provided otherwise by s. 63.08 (1) (f)
, no factor or influence other than the fitness of a person to perform the duties of the position in which the person is acting or employed, or to which the person is seeking appointment, shall affect the determination of appointments, promotions, transfers, suspensions or discharges with respect to any position within the scope of ss. 63.01
The following practices are especially forbidden in any county wherein ss. 63.01
are applicable: Pernicious political activity by any county officer or employee in the classified service; the giving of any consideration, whether financial or otherwise, in return for appointment to a position in the service of said county; the obstruction or deceiving of any person desiring to take an examination under the provisions of said sections, or desiring to secure information concerning any such examination; the deliberate mismarking or miscalculation of grades of any applicant taking an examination under said sections; the impersonation by any person of any other person in connection with the holding of any examination under said sections; and the giving to or receiving by candidates for examination information or assistance enabling such candidates to obtain an unfair or improper advantage over other candidates for the same examination.
No county specified in s. 63.01
or any department, officer or employee thereof shall hire or employ a person, subject to civil service in such county, at a wage or salary less than that advertised by the civil service commission of such county for the position to be filled, nor shall such county, department, officer or employee pay, or cause to be paid, salaries or wages of different amounts to persons in the same classification and stage of advancement, unless such difference in salaries or wages shall be based on difference of work performed or the time of day or night of performance of work; provided that where there has been a general reclassification of title and compensation of positions the county board is authorized to provide by ordinance that persons having civil service tenure at the effective date of such reclassification and occupying positions which have been reclassified, so as to result in a decrease in compensation, may continue to serve under the position title as it existed prior to such reclassification and receive the compensation thereof according to the former range during their tenure, and in the event that such general reclassification shall result in a position being reclassified to a higher grade, and the present incumbent of such position shall not have or by examination attain eligibility for certification to such higher grade, the incumbent shall retain the status and compensation of the position during the incumbent's tenure of the position in conformity with civil service.
The county board of any county specified in s. 63.01
is authorized to provide by ordinance the establishment of wage or salary differentials to collect shift differentials within one classification based upon the time of day or night of the performance of work.
A county's statutory “home rule" power under s. 59.03 (1) did not authorize it to pay two groups of sheriff's captains differently and its home rule authority did not trump sub. (3). Roberson v. Milwaukee County, 2011 WI App 50
, 332 Wis. 2d 787
, 798 N.W.2d 256
Existing officers and employees, how affected. 63.15(1)(a)
The commission shall administer a noncompetitive examination to any person who is appointed by the county for a definite term, who is included within the classified service of the county on the date that ss. 63.01
go into effect in the county and who has been in service and on the payroll of the county less than 4 years preceding that date. The person shall retain his or her position if the commission determines, based on the person's performance on the examination, that the person is qualified for the position.
Any person who is included within the classified service appointed by the county for a definite term, who is included within the classified service of the county on the date that ss. 63.01
go into effect in the county and who has been in service and on the payroll of the county continuously for at least the 4 years immediately preceding that date shall retain his or her position without any examination.
If a department, unit or other established entity and its employees are brought into the county service in a county in which ss. 63.01
are in effect, any employee in a position required to be in classified service shall retain his or her position if the person takes a noncompetitive examination and if the commission determines, based on the examination, that the person is qualified for the position.
No provision of this section prevents suspension, demotion or discharge of any employee subject to ss. 63.01
under s. 63.10
or an applicable collective bargaining agreement.
History: 1983 a. 148
; 1987 a. 153
Appropriation for commission.
A sufficient sum shall be provided each year by the county board of supervisors of each county in which ss. 63.01
become operative to enable the commission created thereunder, to exercise the powers and perform the duties therein specified.
Violations, county civil service.
Any person who willfully, or through culpable negligence, violates any provisions of ss. 63.01
, or any rule promulgated in accordance with the provisions thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of not less than 30 days, nor more than one year or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.
FIRST CLASS CITY
First class city commission; appointment; terms.
The mayor of each 1st class city, whether the city is incorporated by special act of the legislature or under the general laws of the state, shall, before June 15 in the year following the first state or national census, showing the city to belong to the 1st class, appoint 5 persons, citizens and residents of the city, who shall constitute and be known as the board of city service commissioners of the city, and shall designate one of the persons so appointed to serve for a term of 5 years, one for a term of 4 years, one for a term of 3 years, one for a term of 2 years, and one for a term of one year, from the first Monday of July in the year of their appointment and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. In cities having a board of city service commissioners the members of such board shall hold office and continue to be a member of such commission until the expiration of the term or terms of such member or members, and in each and every year after such first appointment, the mayor shall, in like manner, in the month of June, appoint one person as the successor of the commissioner whose term shall expire in that year, to serve as such commissioner for 5 years from the first Monday of July then next ensuing, and until a successor is appointed and qualified. The commission shall, at a meeting in July of each year, elect one member to act as president and one member to act as vice president, each for a term of one year, and until a successor is duly elected. Three commissioners shall constitute a quorum necessary for the transaction of business. Any vacancy in the office of commissioner occurring during the term shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the mayor and all appointments, both original and to fill vacancies, shall be so made that not more than 2 commissioners shall at the time of the appointment be members of the same political party. The commissioners shall hold no other lucrative office or employment under the United States, this state, or any municipal corporation or political division thereof, and each commissioner shall before entering upon the discharge of the duties of office and within 10 days after receiving notice of appointment, take and subscribe the oath of office prescribed by article IV, section 28
, of the constitution, and file the oath, duly certified by the officer administering it with the clerk of his or her city.
History: 1979 c. 89
; 1983 a. 192
Duties and powers of board.
Every board of city service commissioners appointed under ss. 63.18
shall investigate the enforcement of ss. 63.18
and of its rules, adopted in accordance with ss. 63.18
to carry out the purposes of ss. 63.18
and the action of the examiners provided for in ss. 63.18
, and the conduct and action of the appointees in the official service in its city, and may inquire as to the nature, tenure and compensation of all offices and places in the public service thereof. In the course of such investigation each commissioner may administer oaths, and the board may secure by its subpoena both the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers relevant to the investigation. The commission may investigate the character and standing in the community of all applicants for examination and appointment in the city service under ss. 63.18
History: 1979 c. 89
Compulsory attendance and fees of witnesses.
Any person who is served with a subpoena to appear and testify or to produce books and papers, issued by the board of city service commissioners in the course of any investigation conducted under ss. 63.18
, and who refuses or neglects to appear and testify or to produce books and papers relevant to the investigation, as commanded in the subpoena, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall on conviction be punished by a fine or imprisonment or both, as provided under ss. 63.18
. The fees of witnesses for attendance and travel shall be the same as the fees of witnesses before the circuit courts of this state, and shall be paid from the appropriation for the expenses of the board. Any circuit court of this state or any judge thereof, upon application of the board, may compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books and papers and giving of testimony before the board by attachment for contempt or otherwise, in the same manner as the production of evidence may be compelled before the court. Every person, who takes an oath or makes affirmation before a commissioner in the course of the investigation, and swears or affirms willfully, corruptly and falsely, shall be guilty of perjury, and upon conviction shall be punished accordingly.
History: 1977 c. 449
; 1979 c. 221
The board of commissioners shall, on or before March 15 in each year, make to the mayor for transmission to the common council of such city, a report showing its own action, the rules in force, the practical effects thereof, and any suggestions it may approve for the more effectual accomplishment of the purposes of ss. 63.18
. The mayor may require a report from the board at any other time.
History: 1979 c. 89
City and its officers to cooperate in carrying out the law.
All officers of any such city shall aid the board in all proper ways in carrying out ss. 63.18
, and at any place where examinations are to be held, shall allow the reasonable use of the public buildings for holding such examinations. The mayor of each city shall cause suitable rooms to be provided for the board at the expense of the city, and a sufficient sum of money shall be appropriated each year by each city to carry out ss. 63.18
in the city.
History: 1979 c. 89
Classification of offices. 63.23(1)(1)
The city service commission shall classify all offices and positions in the city service, excepting those subject to the exemptions of s. 63.27
and those subject to an exclusion under s. 119.33 (2) (e) 1.
or 119.9002 (5) (a)
, according to the duties and responsibilities of each position. Classification shall be so arranged that all positions which in the judgment of the commission are substantially the same with respect to authority, responsibility and character of work are included in the same class. From time to time the commission may reclassify positions upon a proper showing that the position belongs to a different class.
The city service commission may, if it sees fit, receive any expert study or recommendation of the classification, allocation and compensation of offices and positions in the service of the city and transmit the same, with or without the commission's recommendations, to the common council. Any such report shall become effective when approved by the common council.
History: 2015 a. 55
Delegation to board of school directors.
In a 1st class city, the city service commission shall delegate its recruitment and hiring duties related to specified classifications of school employees to the board of school directors if the board adopts a resolution requesting the commission to do so.
History: 1987 a. 382
; 1989 a. 290
Commission to make rules.
The commissioners shall make such rules adapted to carry out the purposes of ss. 63.18
and not inconsistent with ss. 63.18
, as in their judgment shall be adapted to secure the best service for the city in each department affected by ss. 63.18
, and as shall tend to promote expedition and speed the elimination of all unnecessary formalities in making appointments. All rules so made shall be subject to the approval of the mayor of the city, and they may with like approval be from time to time altered or rescinded by the commissioners. If the mayor takes no action on a rule or an amendment to the rules, submitted to the mayor, within 10 days from the date of its submission, then the rule or amendment to the rules shall become effective as though approved by the mayor. The commissioners shall supervise the administration of rules so established.
History: 1979 c. 89
Rules, what to require. 63.25(1)(1)
The rules mentioned in ss. 63.18
shall provide among other things for the following:
For open, competitive examinations and for other examinations by which to test applicants for office or for employment as to their practical fitness to discharge the duties of the positions which they desire to fill, which examinations shall be public and free to all persons with proper limitations as to age, health, and, subject to ss. 111.321
, and 111.335
, arrest and conviction record.
For the filling of vacancies in offices and places of employment in accordance with the results of such examinations, and for the selection of persons for public employment in accordance with such results, or otherwise, as may seem most desirable to carry out ss. 63.18
For the promotions in offices or positions on the basis of ascertained merit and seniority in service, or by examination, or by both, as may seem desirable.
For a period of probation before an appointment or employment is made permanent. During or at the end of such probationary period the appointment may be terminated by the commissioners after investigation, or the appointing officer or board may terminate same, but in case of termination by the appointing officer or board the commission may, under its general investigative powers, review the circumstances and take such action as may in its judgment seem desirable for the best interests of the service. Nothing herein shall be construed to confer on any officer or employee a right of appeal as provided in s. 63.43
during or at the end of the probationary period.
All rules made as provided in ss. 63.18
and all changes therein shall forthwith be printed for distribution by the board.
Appointments to conform to rules.
From and after the adoption of such rules, all appointments to subordinate offices, positions and employments in the several departments of the service of such city, which are subject to such rules, shall be made by the respective heads of such departments under and in conformity with the provisions of such rules.
Rules not applicable to certain officers.
Officers who are elected by the people, or who by the statutes are required to be elected by the city council, inspectors and clerks of election, one deputy in each department whose office was created and exists by reason of statute, the members of the board of school directors, persons enumerated in s. 63.53 (2)
, heads of principal departments of the city, all members of the law, fire and police departments, permanent or temporary technical advisers and experts employed by the board of assessment under s. 32.52 (4)
, one private secretary of the mayor, the appointees of the mayor under s. 62.51
and any other officers, clerks or employees in the service of the city whose positions, in the judgment of the city service commissioners, cannot for the time being be subjected, with advantage to the public service, to the general rules prepared under this chapter shall not be affected as to their election, selection or appointment by rules made by the commissioners.
Civil service to include stenographic and clerical employees in the office of the city attorney.
The expression “members of the law, fire and police departments" as used in s. 63.27
and as used in any charter ordinance in any city of the first class which may supersede, amend, extend or modify said section for said city, shall be held to include all employees of the law department of such city who are members of the bar engaged in legal duties but shall not be held to include clerks, stenographers, typists or other employees of the law department who are not members of the bar.
Civil service for attorneys in office of city attorney. 63.29(1)(1)
In any city of the first class the common council may by ordinance provide for civil service in the office of the city attorney except for the city attorney and the deputy city attorney.
The matters treated in this section are declared to be of local and not statewide concern.
History: 1991 a. 316
; 1993 a. 213
Secretary; selection, duties.
The board of city service commissioners shall select a secretary of the board, who shall be its chief executive and administrative officer and who shall, subject to its direction and control, administer the city civil service law and rules and the personnel statutes and ordinances governing city service employment, direct and coordinate the work and staff of the board, act as liaison officer between the board and the several departments, bureaus, boards and commissions and perform such other duties as the board may direct.
History: 1987 a. 382
; 1989 a. 31
Funds for board.
The common council of any city of the first class shall hereafter provide such funds for the annual support and operation of the board of city service commissioners as in its judgment may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out all of its functions, duties and responsibilities assigned to it by law or by the common council. The procedure applicable to appropriations and disbursements of such board shall be determined as provided in ch. 65
Applicants to be examined; character of examinations.
All applicants for offices, places or employments in the civil service of such city, except those mentioned in s. 63.27
, shall be residents of this state before their application for examination, and shall be subject to examination under and in accordance with the rules so made by said commissioners; except that for technical and professional services the commission may open the examination to residents of other states who are citizens of the United States. Such examinations, including minimum training and experience requirements, shall be job-related in compliance with appropriate validation standards and may include tests of physical qualifications, and, when appropriate, of manual skill. All relevant experience, whether paid or unpaid, shall satisfy experience requirements. No otherwise qualified blind persons shall be discriminated against in examination, reexamination, appointment, reappointment, promotion or demotion unless eyesight is absolutely indispensable for the performance of the duties and responsibilities of the position. No question in any examination shall relate to political or religious opinions or affiliations, and no appointment or selection to an office or for employment within the scope of the rules established as aforesaid shall be in any manner affected or influenced by such opinions or affiliations. All such applicants may be examined by a competent physician as to the soundness of their health for the work to be performed. Upon the request of an applicant or an eligible for a civil service position who is blind, the department of health services, shall obtain from the city civil service commission a detailed description of all duties entailed by such position and shall investigate the necessity for eyesight in the fulfillment of the duties of any position, and shall determine and report its findings to the civil service commission, as to the physical ability of the applicant, or eligible, to perform the duties of such position. Such findings shall be conclusive as to the physical qualifications of any applicant or eligible so examined.
The examinations held under ss. 63.18
shall consist of any reasonable and impartial method of ascertaining the fitness or relative merit of candidates. To ensure competitive equality between the blind and persons not so handicapped in connection with the taking of civil service examinations, the applicant may request from the civil service commission the furnishing of an amanuensis or a reader when necessary, and the furnishing of a place to take the examination, or other similar prerequisites to ensure equality in the examination.
History: 1979 c. 89
Notice of examinations.
Notice of the time, place and general scope of every examination shall be given by the board by publication of a class 3 notice, under ch. 985
, and such notice shall also be posted by said board in a conspicuous place in its office at least 10 days before such examination. Such further notice of examinations may be given as the board shall prescribe.
Application, contents. 63.35(1)(1)
Every application, in order to entitle the applicant to appear for examination, or to be examined, must state the facts under oath on the following subjects:
Full name, residence address and post-office address.
Health and physical capacity for the public service.
Previous employment in the public service.
Business or employment and residence for the previous 5 years.