Civil Service Commission
History of Commission
The Civil Service Commission is the board that oversees the process for hiring and promotion within the Fire Department. It has existed since 1962 when Battle Creek voters approved State Act #78 of 1935.
The Civil Service Commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 4:00 P.M. in City Hall Commission Chambers. Click here to view the agendas and minutes for current and past meetings.
The City Clerk acts as ex-officio member to a 3-member commission. The Civil Service Commission includes a City representative, a Fire Department representative, and a neutral member of the public with term limits of 6 years. The current Commissioners are:
The Commission directs recruitment, written and oral examinations, physical agility tests and presides over appeal/disciplinary hearings.
Entry-Level Firefighters Eligibility List
The 2014 Entry-Level Firefighter Eligibility List expired October 20, 2016. The 2016 Entry-Level Firefighter Eligibility List is expected to be certified on January 23, 2017.
Process for Entry-Level Firefighter Candidates
The process for placement on the eligibility list is comprised of three components. First, a written examination is given to all candidates whose employment application showed they met the minimum requirements. Candidates receiving a grade of 70% or higher move on to the second phase which is the agility test. This test is pass or fail. Those passing the agility test are then interviewed using the Multiple Interview Assessment process. The written and Multiple Interview Assessment scores are averaged and those candidates receiving a 70% or higher score are placed on the eligibility list. Eligibility lists are valid for two years.
Click here to visit the Fire Department's page featuring a short video from Chief Dave Schmaltz.
|2016 Entry Level Fire Fighter Testing Schedule|
|April 23, 2016||1st day to submit applications|
|July 8, 2016||Last day to submit applications|
|August 8, 2016||Written Exam|
|September 6 - 8, 2016||Agility Testing|
|December 14 - 28, 2016||Structured Oral Interviews (SOI)|
|January 23, 2017||Civil Service Commission certification of eligibility list|