Civil Service Commission

History of Commission

The Civil Service Commission is the board that oversees the process for hiring and promotion within the Fire Department.  It has existed since 1962 when Battle Creek voters approved State Act #78 of 1935.  

The Civil Service Commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 4:00 P.M. in City Hall Commission Chambers. Click here to view the agendas and minutes for current and past meetings.

The City Clerk acts as ex-officio member to a 3-member commission. The Civil Service Commission includes a City representative, a Fire Department representative, and a neutral member of the public with term limits of 6 years.  The current Commissioners are:

 Commissioner  Term Expires
 Judith Mudge 01/2017
Tim Martinovich 10/2020
Samuel Gray 06/2021

The Commission directs recruitment, written and oral examinations, physical agility tests and presides over appeal/disciplinary hearings.

Entry-Level Firefighters Eligibility List
The 2014 Entry-Level Firefighter Eligibility List has been certified by the Civil Service Commission. This list expires October 20, 2016.

Process for Entry-Level Firefighter Candidates

The process for placement on the eligibility list is comprised of three components.  First, a written examination is given to all candidates whose employment application showed they met the minimum requirements. Candidates receiving a grade of 70% or higher move on to the second phase which is the agility test.  This test is pass or fail.  Those passing the agility test are then interviewed using the Multiple Interview Assessment process. The written and Multiple Interview Assessment scores are averaged and those candidates receiving a 70% or higher score are placed on the eligibility list.  Eligibility lists are valid for two years.

The City of Battle Creek will start accepting applications for establishing a hiring eligibility list on April 23, 2016.  Minimum requirements:  High School Graduate or GED equivalent.  Must be 18 years of age.  Must establish residency within 20 miles of the nearest boundary of the City of Battle Creek.  Applications can be submitted to the City of Battle Creek's Human Resources Office, 10 N. Division Street, Room 215, Battle Creek, Michigan 49014 or to the City of Battle Creek's Clerk's Office, 10 N. Division Street, Room 111, Battle Creek, Michigan 49014.  A non-refundable $20.00 testing fee is due at the time of application submission.

Please see the "Employment Process" page for more information.

 2016 Entry Level Fire Fighter Testing Schedule
 April 23, 2016  1st day to submit applications
July 8, 2016 Last day to submit applications
 August 8, 2016 Written Exam
TBD Agility Testing
TBD Structured Oral Interviews (SOI)
TBD Civil Service Commission certification of eligibility list