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Tumwater Civil Service Commission

The Tumwater Civil Service Commission is established by State statute under RCW 41.08, 41.12, to administer civil service law, which covers all full-time positions in the police and fire departments. The Civil Service Commission organized under TMC 2.68, consists of three Mayor-appointed commissioners, that serve six-year terms. 

Powers and duties of the Commission include establishment and administration of rules and regulations in compliance with State law, and governing recruitment, testing, appointments, disciplinary actions, appeals and hearings. The major activity of the Commission relates to the administration of rules and examinations. Commissioners are required to have been residents of the City for a period of at least three years immediately preceding appointment.

 Commissioners   Term Expiration
1. Eric Trimble, Chair
2. Margaret Bean, Vice Chair   12/31/2018
3. Simon Tee

Staff Contact

Heidi Behrends Cerniwey, Assistant City Administrator/Civil Service Examiner, (360) 754-4128 or email

Civil Service Commission Meetings 

Meetings are tentatively scheduled for the second Thursday of each month in the Main Meeting Room at Tumwater City Hall (map). Visit the City Calendar for the current meeting schedule.

2018 Meetings

Date Meeting Type Agenda Minutes 
Agenda & Items (Staff Reports)
06-14-2018  Meeting Cancelled     
05-17-2018  Committee  Agenda & Items (Staff Reports)   
04-03-2018  Committee  Agenda & Items (Staff Reports)   
03-16-2018  Committee Agenda & Items (Staff Reports)  Minutes 
02-08-2018  Meeting Cancelled     
01-11-2018 Committee Agenda & Items (Staff Reports) Minutes 

Past Meetings

See 2017 Civil Service Commission Meetings for more. For meeting records from prior years, search the Tumwater Records Center


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations provided upon request, with reasonable, adequate notice. Contact the City Clerk at or call (360) 754-4130.