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TERM OF OFFICE: Four (4) years     
MEMBERS: Nine (9) Members One from each ward
STAFF: Personnel Director Secretary

Sec. 10.3. Personnel commission-Generally. There shall be a personnel commission composed of nine (9) members, one (1) from each - ward, appointed by the council. Each member shall be a registered voter of the city and shall have resided therein for at least two (2) years immediately prior to his appointment. The members of the commission shall be persons in sympathy with the application of merit principles to public employment. No member of the commission shall be a member of any local, state or national committee of a political party or any elected officer of any partisan political club or organization. The members of the commission during their terms thereon shall hold no other public office or employment in the city and shall not hold or be a candidate for any political office. Appointment to the commission shall require approval of seven (7) council members. The members of the commission shall be appointed for terms of four (4) years, except that of the members first appointed, one (1) shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year, one (1) for a term of two (2) years, two (2) for a term of three (3) years and one (1) for a term of four (4) years. Vacancies for the balance of the term shall be filled as provided for original appointment. Members of the personnel commission may be removed upon the affirmative vote of seven (7) members of the council, for cause, upon notice and written charges and after opportunity for public hearing is given, no less than ten (10) days after notice to the person so charged. At such hearing the person so charged may be represented by counsel and may present evidence in his behalf. The mayor may attend meetings of the commission and may have a voice but no vote in its proceedings. Actions of the commission shall be taken only upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the commission.

Sec. 10.4. Same-Powers and duties. It shall be the duty of the personnel commission to: (1) Recommend to the council, on or before July 1, 1964, proposed ordinances on the matters specified in section 10.2 herein. (2) Advise the mayor and council on problems concerning personnel administration. (3) Make any investigation which it deems desirable concerning the system of personnel administration in the city and make a report to the mayor and council at least once each year of its findings and recommendations. (4) Hear and determine the appeals of all persons in the classified service from all actions of department heads or other duly authorized supervisory personnel relating to the discharge, suspension, disciplining or otherwise penalizing of such persons, who shall have the right to be represented by counsel. (5) Perform such other duties with reference to personnel administration, not inconsistent with this Charter, as the council may prescribe by ordinance.