• About The Commission

    The Michigan Civil Service Commission is a bipartisan commission consisting of four non-salaried persons appointed by the governor to serve staggered eight-year terms.

    The Commission is empowered by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 (Article 11, Section 5), to:

    • classify all positions in the classified service according to their respective duties and responsibilities,
    • fix rates of compensation for all classes of positions,
    • approve or disapprove disbursements for all personal services,
    • determine by competitive examination and performance exclusively on the basis of merit, efficiency and fitness the qualifications of all candidates for positions in the classified service,
    • make rules and regulations covering all personnel transactions, and
    • regulate all conditions of employment in the classified service.


    The administration of the commission's powers is vested in the state personnel director who is a member of the classified service and is responsible to and selected by the commission.