Within one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days after city status is attained, Council shall provide, by ordinance for the establishment of Civil Service Commission and Civil Service System; and shall determine which employment positions of the Municipality shall be within the classified service of the Municipality, and which employment positions shall be within the unclassified service; and shall provide to the extent that it deems necessary, and in the interest of the municipality, that appointments and promotions shall be made according to merit and fitness, to be ascertained as far as practicable by competitive examination.  Such ordinance shall provide that all persons have been continuously employed in a service of the Municipality, in the same or similar position included in the classified service, for at least thirty (30) days immediately preceding the effective date of the ordinance, shall retain their position without examination unless later reduced, promoted, or transferred in accordance with the Civil Service System as established by Council.
   The Civil Service Commission, when established by Council, shall consist of three (3) electors of the Municipality regardless of political party who shall be appointed by Council to serve a term of three (3) years, except that Council shall provide for the staggering of terms in order to obtain continuity of membership on the Commission.  A vacancy occurring during the term of any member of the Commission shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner hereby authorized for an original appointment.
   Duties: the Civil Service Commission shall provide by rule for the ascertainment of merit and fitness as the basis for appointment and promotion in the classified service as established by Council, and for appeals from the action of the Manager in any case of transfer, reduction or removal.  The action of the Commission on any such appeal shall be final.
(Res. 11-89, passed 8-10-89)