Clark County Seeks Applicants For Four Seats On Civil Service Commission

Clark County is accepting applications to fill four vacancies on the local civil service commission for the Sheriff’s Office created under state law (RCW 41.14). 

The five-member commission is required to oversee certain employment and personnel matters. The primary focus is to ensure that pre-employment testing and hiring is fair, valid and non-discriminatory. The commission also presides over appeal hearings. Civil service commissioners are appointed by the Clark County Council.

There are four vacant, at-large seats open to Clark County residents. Two of the terms will begin on Nov. 2, one begins on Jan. 1, 2022 and one begins on Jan. 2, 2022. 

The civil service commission meets monthly, or more often as needed, for two to four hours. Members typically meet during regular business hours.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and registered to vote in Clark County. They must have lived in the county for at least two years and show an ability to balance interests of job applicants, current employees and the Sheriff to ensure effective law enforcement services. Education and experience in personnel administration, a legal environment and/or law enforcement are highly valued. 

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA, 98666-5000. Applications can also be emailed to [email protected].

The Commission will review applications, call for interviews, and make recommendations to the county council.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.