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Civil Service Commission

The Port of Seattle Civil Service Commission is a three person body that hears appeals from employee disciplinary actions such as removal, suspension, or demotion of civil service employees. The Commission has the authority to uphold, affirm, reverse, or modify the employment action. 

The Port of Seattle Civil Service Commission, under the authority granted by Chapter 41.12 RCW and Port Resolution 3423, has assigned all duties of the Civil Service Commission to the Human Resource Talent Acquisition Manager who serves as Civil Service Secretary.

Read the ​​Police Civil Service Rules

Civil Service Commission Members

The current Port of Seattle Civil Service Commissioners are:

  • Commissioner Kirk Merrill, Chair
  • Commissioner Oris Dunham
  • Commissioner Debrena Jackson Gandy 

Commissioners serve four-year terms. For inquiries, please email

Communicate with the Civil Service Commission

You may contact the Civil Service Commission by writing to the Civil Service Commissioner/Staff Liaison:
     The Port of Seattle Civil Service Commission
     ATTN: HR – Civil Service Administrator
     P.O. Box 1209
     Seattle, WA 98111

     By email at:
     By telephone at:
Civil Service Commission Meetings

Civil Service Commission meetings are held quarterly (Jan, April, July, Oct.) on the will be held as business necessitates on the first Tuesday of the month at the Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 17801 International Boulevard (Pacific Highway S), Seattle, Washington 98158, conference room to be determined. Notice of such meetings will be provided in accordance with RCW 42.30 – Open Public Meeting Act on this page

Meeting Agendas and minutes

Date: ​Agendas: ​Minutes:
 ​Jul 2017 July 2017 Agenda​
Apr 2017  ​Apr 2017 Agenda Apr 2017 Minutes
​ Nov 2015 ​​Nov 2015 Minutes
​ Jun 2015 Jun 2015 Minutes
​ Dec 2014 Dec 2014 Minutes
​ Nov 2013 Nov 2013 Minutes
​ Jun 2013 Jun 2013 Minutes
​ Dec 2012 Dec 2012 Minutes
​ May 2012 May 2012 Agenda May 2012 Minutes
 ​Dec 2011​ Dec 2011 Agenda Dec 2011 Minutes
​ Aug 2011 Aug 2011 Agenda Aug 2011 Minutes
​ Mar 2011 Mar 2011 Agenda Mar 2011 Minutes
​ Nov 2010 Nov 2010 Agenda Nov 2010 Minutes
​ July 2010 July 2010 Agenda July 2010 Minutes


Meeting Notices

Jan. 2018
Oct. 3, 2017
July 18, 2017
April 4, 2017
January 10, 2017