The Police Civil Service Commission is a three-member group responsible for overseeing selection processes for sworn officers and acting as a hearing body for discipline and discharge issues for the Maplewood Police Department in accordance with M.S. Chapter 419.
The Commissioners are normally appointed to three-year terms by the City Council and volunteer their services as interested residents. The City has a full-time Human Resource Coordinator that serves as a staff liaison for the Commission. The Commission decides which of several types of tests to use for sworn positions, the weighting of the exam components, and the minimum qualifications. They also certify names to the City Manager from eligibility lists and review and approve background investigations for police officer candidates.
The Police Civil Service Commission is not a civilian review board. They do not take complaints from the public nor do they review or conduct internal investigations. They do not direct or oversee police operations nor do they have input into the Police Department budget. They have no involvement in compensation or benefits for the officers.