About the Commission

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

The Civil Service Commission is empowered by the Constitution of the State of Michigan (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 shall be vested in a state personnel director who shall be a member of the classified service and who shall be responsible to and selected by the commission.