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Civil Service Commission

The Commission

The Michigan Civil Service Commission is a bipartisan, four-membered body, appointed by the Governor. Current Commissioners include Janet McClelland, Jase Bolger, Nick Ciaramitaro, and Jeff Steffel. Article 11, Section 5 of Michigan's Constitution states that the commission shall:

  • 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.

Tentative Meeting Schedule

  • August 23, 2021
  • December 15, 2021
  • March 9, 2022 canceled
  • May 11, 2022 canceled
  • July 11, 2022 rescheduled July 25, 2022 agenda
  • September 14, 2022
  • December 7, 2022

Public meetings for the commission are typically held at 10:00 a.m. in the Lower Level of the Capitol Commons Center at 400 S. Pine Street in Lansing.

Commission Meeting Minutes





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State Personnel Director John Gnodtke

Vested with the commission's administrative powers, the state personnel director is responsible for implementing the commission's policy and program directives. The director also oversees the Offices of General CounselFinancial and Administrative ServicesExternal Relations, and Human Resources.

Chief Deputy Director Jonathan Patterson

The chief deputy director serves as a member of the director's leadership team and assists with formulating and implementing the commission's policies and directives. The deputy director oversees the Bureau of Data and Applications Support, the Bureau of Benefits Administration, the Human Resources Operations, the Office of Classification, Selection, and Compensation, and Human Resource Training and Development.

Our Mission

To provide innovative, effective, and timely HR consultation and services to attract, develop, and retain a diverse, flexible, and creative workforce that can meet state government's ever-changing needs.

Our Vision

To be recognized and valued for innovative, effective HR programs and for the customer-focused services provided based on the expectations of state government leaders, civil servants, and Michigan citizens. We will engage our employees by providing learning opportunities and a supportive environment.