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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 Assistant Director 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 Mr. Oris Dunham, Chair
  • Commissioner Mr. Kirk Merrill
  • Commissioner: vacant position 

Commissioners serve three-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: HRD – 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



Meeting Notices

April 4, 2017
Meeting Notice and
January 10, 2017
October 4, 2016
November 3, 2015
Meeting Notice and Agenda
October 6, 2015
Cancellation Notice
Sept. 1, 2015:
Meeting Notice and Agenda