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Civil Service Commission

The Prosser Civil Service Commission was created pursuant to Prosser Municipal Code 2.110 and Revised Code of Washington 41.12.

The Prosser Civil Service Commission is charged with the following duties:

  • Making rules for operation of the civil service system and are consistent with state law
  • Give practical tests to determine the capacity of persons examined to perform the duties of the positions sought.
  • Conduct hearings and prepare reports.
  • Hear and determine appeals or complaints.
  • Provide for, develop and hold competitive tests to determine relative qualifications of candidates and, as a result of the testing process, prepare eligibility lists.
  • Certify to the appointing authority the name or names of the individuals ranked highest on the eligibility list.
  • Keep records.
  • Approve payrolls.
  • Appoint a secretary and chief examiner.

 


 

How do I test for the Civil Service Commission?

The Prosser Civil Service Commission currently accepts test scores for police officer positions. There are three testing levels:

  • Entry Level: means the hiring of individuals who either have not held a police officer certification or such certification has expired and are not eligible to attend the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Equivalency Academy.

Applicants in this category must first successful complete and physical and written test conducted by Public Safety Testing. For more information about test dates and times please contact Public Safety Testing at www.publicsafetytesting.com or at 1-800-HIRE 911. Once the initial testing is complete, successful applicants will be sent a City of Prosser employment application and background release. Applicants will be contacted when an oral board is scheduled and will be given the opportunity to participate. Failure to complete any step in this process will result in the applicant's name and scores not moving forward to certification.

  • Exceptional Entry: means an alternate method of hiring (police officer position only) individuals, who are qualified for the position, without requiring the same testing process to be followed as required of all other candidates. In order to be considered an exceptional entry candidate the candidate must: a) have completed the testing process and been hired by another agency/department with the State of Washington or another State, from a Civil Service Commission certified eligibility list of like process; and b) must have successfully completed the probationary period with their current or previous law enforcement employer; and 3) must have been continuously employed by their present or previous employer as a law enforcement officer for not less than 12 months in Washington State; and 4) must have graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy for law enforcement or you must be able to challenge the process for an equivalency certification.

Applicants in this category must complete a written assessment packet, employment application, and background release. Applicants who successfully complete this information and meet the minimum requirements will be contacted when an oral board is scheduled and will be given the opportunity to participate. Failure to complete any step in this process will result in the applicant's name and scores not moving forward to certification. 

  • Lateral Entry: means an alternative method of hiring (police officer position only) individuals, who are currently qualified for the position, without requiring the same testing process to be followed as required of all other candidates. In order to be considered a lateral candidate the candidate must: a) have completed the testing process and been hired by another agency/department with the State of Washington, from a Civil Service Commission certified eligibility list of like process; and b) must have successfully completed the probationary period with their current or previous law enforcement employer; and 3) must have been continuously employed by their present or previous employer as a law enforcement officer for not less than 12 months in Washington State and must have been employed as a law enforcement officer within the last 24 months; and 4) must have graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy.

Applicants in this category must complete a written assessment packet, employment application, and background release. Applicants who successfully complete this information and meet the minimum requirements will be contacted when an oral board is scheduled and will be given the opportunity to participate. Failure to complete any step in this process will result in the applicant's name and scores not moving forward to certification. 

 

The Prosser Civil Service Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the City of Prosser Council Chambers. For more information regarding meeting times, testing requirements or status, or any other questions, please contact Toni Yost at tyost@ci.prosser.wa.us or at (509) 786-8215.