1. ​Hiring and promoting employees on the basis of ability, with open competition in initial appointmet.

  2. Providing fair compensation on the basis of like pay for like work.

  3. Retaining employees on the basis of performance, correcting inadequate performances, and separating those whose inadequate performance cannot be corrected.

  4. Training employees as needed for high-quality performance.

  5. Assuring fair treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of personnel administration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status, and with proper regard for their privacy and constitutional rights as citizens.

  6. Protecting employees against political coercion and prohibiting use of official position to affect an election or nomination for office.​


​Chapters 1 through 17 - Merit Rules​

​Chapter 1 - Preliminary Statement and Definitions

Chapter 2 - The Personnel Commission

Chapter 3 -Position Classification Plan

Chapter 4 - Application for Employment

Chapter 5 - Recruitment and Examinations

Chapter 6 - PDF FileEligibility and Employment Lists

Chapter 7 - PDF FileAppointment

Chapter 8 - New Employment Clearances

Chapter 9 - Employment Status

Chapter 10 - Performance Evaluations

Chapter 11 - PDF FileVacation, Leaves of Absence and Holidays

Chapter 12 - Salaries, Overtime pay and Benefits

Chapter 13 - PDF FileSeniority, Layoff, Displacement and Reemployment

Chapter 14 - PDF FileDisciplinary Action and Appeals

Chapter 15 - Resignation, Retirement and Reinstatement

Chapter 16Complaint Procedures

Chapter 17 - PDF FileThe Merit System Act and Related Laws Affecting Classified Employees​​​