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The Seattle Public Safety Civil Service Commission (“PSCSC” or “Commission”) is proposing amendments to the PSCSC Rules of Practice and Procedure under the authority granted to the Commission by law, including Seattle Municipal Code Sections 3.02.030 and 3.02.020.

Public comment will be heard, and discussion and final action may occur, at the Commission’s meeting on December 14, 2023. The Commission requests the public’s review and comment. Written public comments are due by 5:00 p.m. December 13, 2023. (Note: public comment and discussion also occurred on November 16, 2023; no final action was taken at that meeting and the rule making period has been extended.) 

The amendments are proposed to clarify and revise PSCSC Rule 10.03. The proposed amendments would modify criteria for former employees of the public safety civil service system to submit a request to be considered for reinstatement to the eligible register after separation and would make other related changes.

The full text of the current rule can be found at: 

PSCSC Rules of Practice and Procedure

The public may view the redline version and proposed changes (clean copy) here:

Redline Version

Proposed Changes Accepted Version 

Public comment must be received by 5:00 pm, November 15th for consideration at the Commission’s meeting on November 16, 2023, at 11:15 a.m. Written public comment can be provided to the Commission via this email address

Employee Commissioner Elections

Tom Applegate from the Seattle Fire Department was elected by public safety civil service-covered employees to serve as commissioner from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2026. Congratulations to Tom Applegate!

Thank you to all candidates who filed, employees who voted, and everyone else who participated in and supported this election process. Also, a big heartfelt thank you to Commissioner Joel Nark  who will complete his term at the end of this year, for upholding a merit-based employment system in service to City employees and to residents of Seattle.

4/13/2023: Public Safety and Human Services Committee Update- Police Officer Hiring and Retention

On March 28, 2023, Director Scheele with the Mayor's Office and Seattle Police Department, presented to the Seattle City Council Public Safety and Human Services Committe about new and ongoing efforts to hire and retain qualified Seattle police officers.Watch the presentation here.

2/9/2023: Vaccine Mandate Lift and Requests for Return to Eligible (Reinstatement) Register: FAQs

Seattle’s employee vaccine mandate was lifted on February 7, 2022. The PSCSC has issued FAQs regarding criteria and the process for requesting return to a reinstatement register.


To file an appeal, email Executive Director and see Appeals Process.

Please contact us to file an appeal, learn how to attend a PSCSC meeting or schedule an in-person or remote appointment.

Public Safety Civil Service Commission

Address: 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1670, Seattle, WA, 98124
Mailing Address: PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA, 98124-4729
Phone: (206) 233-7118
Phone Alt: (206) 437-5425
Fax: (206) 684-0755

Seattleā€™s Public Safety Civil Service Commission (PSCSC) is a three member, impartial, quasi-judicial body.