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.