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The purpose of this subchapter is to provide for the appointment, powers and duties of a Civil Service Commission in accordance with the requirements of state law.

A Civil Service Commission consisting of three members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council for staggered terms of four years.

Commissioners must be citizens of the state, eligible electors and residents of the city preceding their appointment. No person while on the Commission shall hold or be a candidate for any office of public trust.

When a Human Rights Commission has been established, the Director thereof shall ex officio be a member, without vote, of the Civil Service Commission.

 Civil Service Commissioners shall serve without compensation.

The Commission shall elect a Chairperson from among its members.

The City Clerk or a designee of the City Clerk shall be Clerk of the Commission.

The Civil Service Commission shall keep a record of all its meetings and also a complete individual service record of each civil service employee which record shall be permanent and kept up to date.

 The Council shall provide suitable rooms in which the Commission may hold its meetings and supply the Commission with all necessary equipment and a qualified shorthand reporter or an electronic voice recording device to enable it to properly perform its duties.

 The Commission shall administer the civil service procedure as contained in the Iowa Code Chapter 400, and amendments thereto and shall have, exercise and perform all powers and duties as provided thereby.