Civil Service Commission


Regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY.

Civil Service Commission meetings may be held using videoconferencing technology. More information, including the written procedures governing the use of videoconferencing technology, is available on our Boards and Committees page.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Most Recent Agenda | View Available Minutes

Overview & Duties

The Ithaca Civil Service Commission oversees the administration of New York State Civil Service Law for the City of Ithaca, Ithaca City School District and Ithaca Housing Authority. The Civil Service Commission is responsible for adopting and modifying local civil service rules, classifying positions and adopting job descriptions, administering the civil service examination process, overseeing and authorizing all employment transactions, and maintaining the official employment records for all employees under its jurisdiction.     

Members of the Civil Service Commission serve 6-year terms. No more than 2 members can be from the same political party. 


  • Arlene Richardson
    Term expires: May 31, 2022
  • Catherine Thompson
    Term expires: May 31, 2024
  • Barbara Abrams
    Term expires: May 31, 2026