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:

 Commissioner  Term Expires
 Judith Mudge 01/2017
Tim Martinovich 10/2020


The Commission directs recruitment, written and oral examinations, physical agility tests and presides over appeal/disciplinary hearings.

Entry-Level Firefighters Eligibility List

The 2016 Entry-Level Firefighter Eligibility List was certified on January 23, 2017 by the Civil Service Commission at their regular meeting. The 2016 Entry-Level Firefighter Eligibility List expires on December 28, 2018.

Process for Entry-Level Firefighter Candidates

The eligibility list for the position of Entry-Level Firefighter shall remain in force for a period of two years from the date of the last examination.

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.  

Please see the "Employment Process" page for more information.

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