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Sheriff's Office Civil Service Commission

Below you will find some of the common questions asked of the Civil Service Coordinator. If you have a question that is not answered below, please call the Civil Service Coordinator at 281-341-8590 or email civilservicecommission@fortbendcountytx.gov.

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  • If you’re promoted to a new rank, are you on placement probation?

  • Can I participate in the promotional processes through the Civil Service Commission while on Placement Probation?

  • What happens if you do not successfully complete your Placement Probation time?

  • Can I appeal a failed placement probation demotion to the Civil Service Commission?

  • Does the Civil Service Commission work for the Sheriff’s Office?

  • Who is protected by the Civil Service Commission?

  • Are clerical/ secretarial staff covered under the Civil Service Commission?

  • What does it mean to be an exempt employee?

  • How does the Civil Service Commission conduct promotion for a rank vs. department?

  • What positions are promoted through the Civil Service Commission?

  • What about the rank of Corporal?

  • Where can I find the job description for promotional positions?

  • Who picks the reading materials for each promotional exam?

  • Who purchases the promotional exams and scores the exams?

  • Who determines if someone has met the minimum requirements to participate in the promotional process?

  • Does the Civil Service Commission send the final exam scores to the Sheriff’s Office?

  • How is the Oral Board Scored?

  • What is the minimum score for the written exam?

  • What is the minimum score for the oral exam?

  • When are the seniority and education points added?

  • Is there a limit to the number of persons who may be processed for the oral review board?

  • What happens when there is a tie?

  • Who picks the Oral Board and what is the makeup of a board?

  • Who proctors the Oral Boards?

  • Is the Sheriff's Office HR Dept. involved with any of the promotional scoring/ result process?

  • Can the Sheriff's Office pick out of order from an eligibility list?

  • If you successfully earned a spot on the eligibility list, how many times can you reject a promotional offer?

  • How long is an eligibility list valid?

  • Can Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations be modified or changed?

  • What is the meaning of seniority?

  • What is continuous service?

  • What is Service Date?

  • Does the Civil Service Commission run the Sheriff’s Office?

  • Is the Civil Service Commission Coordinator employed by the Sheriff’s Office?

  • Does the Civil Service Commission handle intra-office transfers within the Sheriff’s Office?

  • Does the Civil Service Commission have authority over work schedules within the Sheriff's Office?

  • How many Commissioners compose the Civil Service Commission?

  • What can be appealed to the Civil Service Commission?

  • If you wish to file an appeal for a Termination, Suspension or Demotions what must you do?

  • What authority does the Civil Service Commission have during an appeal?

  • Who can represent an appellant?

  • Can the Civil Service Commission issue subpoenas?

  • What can you do if you lose an appeal?

  • Is a grievance different than an appeal?

  • Can the Civil Service Commission refuse to hear a requested topic?

  • Where can I see all agendas and meeting minutes from Open Meetings?

  • Are appeal minutes available for review on the Civil Service Commission webpage?

  • Can I request records, video, recordings and/ or minutes from the Civil Service Commission?

  • When will the Civil Service Commission increase my pay?

  • Where is the Civil Service Commission office located?