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.
In addition to the information required under sub. (1)
, the applicant shall furnish any other information that may reasonably be required by the board concerning the applicant's fitness for the public service.
History: 1995 a. 225
Appointment of examiners; compensation. 63.36(1)(1)
The board shall control all examinations, and may, whenever an examination is to take place, designate a suitable number of persons, either in or not in the official service of the city, to be examiners, and the examiners shall make return or report of the examination to the board. The board may, at any time, substitute any other person, whether or not in the official service of the city, in the place of anyone so selected. The board may themselves, at any time, act as examiners under this section without appointing examiners. The examiners, at any examination, shall not all be members of the same political party. No person shall serve in an examination of a candidate for office under ss. 63.18
who is a relative or connected by marriage within the degree of first cousin.
Persons in the service of the city shall not be compensated for acting as examiners if they are public officers or if their service as examiners is rendered during their paid working schedule, but the board may compensate employees of the board of school directors for serving as city service examiners beyond their regular working hours and beyond their regular duties as such employees.
Board to keep a register of eligibles.
From the returns or reports of the examiners, or from the examinations made by the board, the board shall prepare and keep a register for each grade or class of position in the service of such city, of the persons whose general average standing upon examinations for such grade or class is not less than the minimum fixed by the rules of such board, and who are otherwise eligible, and such persons shall take rank upon the register as candidates in the order of their relative excellence as determined by examination without reference to priority of time of examination. The board shall impose no restrictions as to age in case of veterans, and veterans and their spouses shall be given preference points in accordance with s. 63.08 (1) (fm)
Persons examined not to be obstructed, aided or impersonated.
No person or officer shall willfully and corruptly, by himself or in cooperation with one or more other persons, defeat, deceive or obstruct any person in respect to his or her right of examination, or corruptly or falsely mark, grade, estimate or report upon the examination or proper standing of any person examined hereunder, or aid in so doing or willfully or corruptly make any false representations concerning the same or concerning the person examined, or willfully or corruptly furnish to any person any special or secret information for the purpose either of improving or injuring the prospects or chances of any person so examined, or to be examined, of being appointed, employed or promoted, or personate any other person, or permit or aid in any manner any other person to personate him or her, in connection with any examination, or registration or application or request to be examined or registered.
Vacancies, how filled. 63.39(1)(1)
If a position classified and graded under ss. 63.18
becomes vacant, the appointing officer may fill the position or let it remain vacant. If the appointing officer chooses to fill the vacant position, the appointing officer may, with the approval of the board of city service commissioners, fill it through reinstatement, promotion, reduction or open competitive examination. If the appointing officer chooses not to fill the vacant position by reinstatement, promotion or reduction, the appointing officer shall so notify the board. Except as provided under sub. (2)
, if the board is so notified, it shall certify to the appointing officer from the list of eligibles the names and addresses of any number of persons standing highest on the list, in accordance with rules established by the board. All persons on the list who have the same test score shall be included on the same certification. If there are less than 3 names upon an eligible list, certification shall be made and, unless objection is made by the appointing officer to the person or persons so certified and the objection sustained by the board, appointment shall be made under the rules.
If the appointing officer chooses not to fill a vacant managerial, supervisory or confidential position through reinstatement, promotion or reduction, the appointing officer shall so notify the board of city service commissioners. If the board is so notified, it shall certify to the appointing officer from the list of eligibles the names and addresses of any number of persons standing highest on the list, in accordance with rules established by the board. All persons on the list who have the same test score shall be included on the same certification. If there are less than 5 names on an eligible list, certification shall be made and, unless objection is made by the appointing officer to the person or persons so certified and unless the objection is sustained by the board, appointment shall be made under the rules.
Notwithstanding s. 63.08 (1) (fm)
, the board shall certify persons from the list of eligibles without adding preference points to their grades. After the certification under sub. (1)
, the board shall add to the certification list any veteran or veteran's spouse whose grade, plus the points to which the veteran or spouse is entitled under s. 63.08 (1) (fm)
, is equal to or higher than the lowest grade on the list of eligibles.
An appointing officer under this section shall select, solely with reference to merit and fitness, the number of persons for which the appointing officer has made requisition. In case the board cannot certify eligibles for appointment, it may grant to the appointing officer authority to make appointment for a period not to exceed 2 months or until regular appointment can be made.
Special expert class. 63.40(1)(1)
There is hereby created a new division of the classified service to be known as the special expert class. The board of city service commissioners shall place in this class all positions of a technical, scientific, or professional character, together with all positions where the qualifications are peculiar to the service in any department of the city government, and may in addition thereto temporarily classify as of the special expert class positions where the service is new and experimental in character.
The provisions of ss. 63.18
now governing selections, appointments, promotions, reinstatements, removals, transfers or other changes, shall apply to the special expert class, except as may be otherwise provided in this section.
For the filling of positions in the special expert class the appointing officer shall be free to suggest names of persons for consideration in examination together with all other applicants and all other persons whose names have been suggested to the board of city service commissioners, and the board shall inquire into the fitness of persons so nominated and may notify such persons and any other suitable person to participate in the examination.
Previous to an examination to fill a position in the special expert class, the board of city service commissioners may provide in its published announcement that the resulting eligible list shall expire as soon as an appointment has been made therefrom, providing the appointing officer so desires. When an appointing officer makes objection in writing to names of persons in the special expert class, certified from an eligible list not especially appropriate for the position or group of positions in question, such certification shall be invalid.
The appointing officer shall in all cases be consulted as to qualifications and requirements, examination standards, and procedure for filling positions in the special expert class.
In filling positions in the special expert class the board of city service commissioners shall select a board of one or more experts to conduct the examination when requested in writing to do so by an appointing officer.
Whenever the board of city service commissioners or the officer having the power of appointment shall deem it advisable in the interests of the service, no qualifications as to residence or citizenship shall be imposed in the examination for a position in the special expert class. Any restrictions contained in any law, or in any charter of any city of the first class inconsistent with this provision shall not be applicable in such case.
History: 1979 c. 89
Vacancies in special cases, how filled.
In case of a vacancy in a position, requiring peculiar and exceptional qualifications of a scientific, technical or professional character, upon satisfactory evidence that competition is impracticable and that the position can be best filled by the selection of some designated person of recognized attainments, the commission may, after public hearing, by the affirmative vote of at least 4 commissioners, suspend competition, but no such suspension shall be general in its application to such position and all such cases of suspension shall be reported, together with the reason therefor, in the annual reports of the commission.
Notice to commissioners of all appointments, and of all offices abandoned.
Immediate notice in writing shall be given by the appointing power to the board of city service commissioners of all appointments, permanent or temporary, made under ss. 63.18
and the rules made and established under ss. 63.18
, in those branches or departments of the civil service of such city which are subject to ss. 63.18
and the rules of the board, and of all transfers, promotions, resignations, other changes or vacancies from any cause in such branches or departments of the city service, and of the date thereof, and a record of the same shall be kept by the board. When any office or place of employment, subject to such rules, is created or abolished, or the compensation attached thereto is altered, the officer or board making such change shall immediately report the same in writing to the board of commissioners.
History: 1979 c. 89
Removals for just cause only; reasons to be furnished in writing; hearings; decisions. 63.43(1)(1)
No person or employee holding an office or position classified and graded under ss. 63.18
shall be removed, discharged or reduced, except for just cause which shall not be political or religious. A person removed, discharged or reduced shall be furnished, by the officer making the removal, with the reasons in writing, for such action when demanded by the removed, discharged or reduced person. When reasons are given by the officer making the removal, a copy of the same shall be immediately forwarded to the commission. Within 3 days after such removal, discharge or reduction an appeal may be made to the commission in writing, by the employee so removed, discharged or reduced. The commission, on receiving the notice of appeal, shall set a date for a hearing on or investigation of the reasons for the removal, discharge or reduction, which date shall not be more than 30 days after the date of removal, discharge or reduction. Notice of the time and place of the hearing or investigation shall be served upon the employee appealing, in the same manner that a summons is served in this state. Notice shall also be given the officer making the removal. The city service commission, or board or committee of the board or boards appointed by the commission, shall conduct the hearing or investigation. The employee appealing shall have full opportunity to be heard and may, at the discretion of the commission, be represented by counsel. When the employee is represented by counsel, the officer making the removal, discharge or reduction may be represented by the city attorney. If, however, the officer chooses to be represented by counsel other than the city attorney, the officer may so do, but any expense so incurred shall not be paid by the city. In the course of a hearing or investigation as provided in this section, any member of the commission and of any board or committee appointed by it, may administer oaths and may secure by its subpoena both the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers relevant to the hearing or investigation. All evidence may, on the order of the board, be taken by a competent reporter.
The decision and findings of the commission, or of the investigating board or committee, when approved by the commission, shall be final and shall be filed, in writing, with the secretary of the board and shall be forthwith certified to and enforced by the head of the department or appointing officer. Nothing in ss. 63.18
shall limit the power of an officer to suspend a subordinate for a reasonable period not exceeding 15 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 or investigation by the commission on the second suspension or any subsequent suspension within the period, the same as provided in this section.
If such city and a labor organization representing employees of the city enter into a collective bargaining agreement under subch. IV of ch. 111
, the agreement may provide that the provisions of that agreement relating to removal, discharge, suspension and reduction 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.
History: 1979 c. 89
; 1987 a. 153
Section 63.43 creates a property interest in employment, but not to continuous employment free from suspension. Listenbee v. City of Milwaukee, 976 F.2d 348
Provisions for removals not to apply to certain departments.
shall not apply to removals of persons in any department of the city where the department is under the supervision and control of a board or commission of 3 or more members, but every such board or commission shall establish rules relating to the removal, discharge or reduction of employees in its department. No such employee shall be removed, discharged or reduced for religious or political reasons and any removed, discharged or reduced employee shall have the right to a trial and determination by the board or commission, or by a committee duly appointed by the board or commission as to whether there existed sufficient grounds for removal, discharge or reduction and the determination of the board or commission, or of the committee when approved by the board or commission, shall be final in the matter. The right of suspension is granted boards and commissions included under this section the same as is elsewhere provided for in ss. 63.18
History: 1979 c. 89
No payments approved or made of salary in the classified service except as provided.
No treasurer, auditor, comptroller, other officer or employee of the city in which ss. 63.18
are effective shall approve the payment of or be in any manner concerned in paying, auditing or approving any salary, wage or other compensation for services, to any person in the classified service unless a payroll, estimate, or account for such salary, wage or other compensation, containing the names of persons to be paid, a statement of the amount to be paid each such person, the services on account of which the same is paid, bears the certificate of the commission that the persons named in such payroll, estimate, or account have been appointed or employed in pursuance of and have complied with ss. 63.18
and with the rules of the commission, and that the rate of salary or wage is in accordance with the rate established by the proper authorities. The commission shall refuse to certify the pay of any public officer or employee who shall willfully or through culpable negligence violate or fail to comply with ss. 63.18
or the rules of the commission. The city service commission shall certify to the city comptroller all appointments to offices and places in the office of the city service commission and all changes or vacancies that may occur therein.
History: 1979 c. 89
No promotion or demotion for making or refusing political contributions.
No officer or employee of such city shall discharge, or degrade, or promote, or in any manner change the official rank or compensation of any other officer or employee, or promise or threaten to do so for giving or withholding any contribution of money or other valuable thing for any party or political purpose, or for refusal or neglect to render any party or political service.
Use of money prohibited.
No applicant for appointment in such official service, either directly or indirectly, shall pay or promise to pay any money or other valuable thing to any person whomsoever, for or on account of the applicant's appointment or proposed appointment, and no officer or employee shall pay or promise to pay, either directly or indirectly, to any person any money or other valuable thing whatsoever for or on account of the officer's or employee's promotion.
History: 1991 a. 316
The improper use or promise of political influence forbidden.
No person while holding any office in the government of such city, or any nomination for, or while seeking a nomination for appointment to any such office, shall corruptly use, or promise to use, either directly or indirectly, any official authority or influence in the way of conferring upon any person, or in order to secure or aid any person in securing, any office or public employment or any nomination, confirmation, promotion or increase in salary, upon the consideration or condition that the vote or political influence or action of the last named person or any other shall be given or used in behalf of any candidate, officer or party, or upon any other corrupt condition or consideration.
Violations, city civil service; vacates office; disqualification; prosecution. 63.52(1)(1)
Any person who willfully, or through culpable negligence, violates any provision of ss. 63.18
, 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, and not exceeding $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 6 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.
If any person is convicted under this section, any public office which such person holds shall, by force of such conviction, be rendered vacant, and such person shall be incapable of holding office for the period of 5 years from the date of such conviction.
Prosecution for violations of ss. 63.18
may be instituted either by the attorney general, the district attorney for the county in which the offense is alleged to have been committed, or by the board of city service commissioners acting through special counsel. Such prosecutions shall be conducted and controlled by the prosecuting officers who institute them, unless they request the aid of other prosecuting officers.
Board of school directors employees. 63.53(1)(1)
Except as provided under sub. (2)
, all officers and employees of the board of school directors of any 1st class city are members of the classified service and shall be selected and have their tenure and employment status determined in accordance with ss. 63.18
, the rules adopted under ss. 63.18
and the charter ordinances applying to the board of city service commissioners of the city.
The following employees are not members of the classified service: the superintendent of schools, deputy superintendent of schools, associate superintendent of schools, executive assistant to the superintendent of schools, assistant to the superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent, division director, department director, principals, teachers and substitute teachers actually engaged in teaching, staff of the board of school directors if the board so decides under s. 119.18 (10) (c)
, and, in any department of the school board devoted wholly or principally to the subjects of municipal recreation and adult education, all employees of those departments whose duties are peculiar to municipal recreation and adult education but not including employees whose duties are clerical or custodial.