About the Civil Service Commission

The Keizer Fire Civil Service Commission was created to establish a system of personnel administration based on merit principles and scientific methods, governing the appointment, tenure, promotion, layoff, removal and discipline of its officers and employees, and other incidents of employment, and to provide in exemption from Oregon Revised Statue 242.702 through 242.824 as provided in Oregon Revised Statute 242.704.


  • To promote and increase economy and efficiency.
  • To establish and maintain a uniform plan of classification based upon the relative duties and responsibilities of positions.
  • To provide and equal opportunity to all qualified persons to gain employment on a basis of demonstrated merit and fitness to be ascertained by open recruitment and competitive examinations.
  • To develop a program of recruitment, advancement and tenure that will make a career in the District service attractive to persons who possess ability and integrity.

The Commission is comprised of five Keizer Fire District citizens who are appointed by the Board of Directors for a four-year term. The Commission also consists of a chief examiner and such assistants as may be necessary. The Civil Service Commission currently meets once every ninety (90) days, at 7:00 p.m. at the Keizer Fire District. The meetings average 30-60 minutes in length. The major duties of the Commission are to oversee the process of hiring firefighters, approve hiring lists, and ensure that firefighters are treated equitably and fairly in disciplinary actions.

Established Meetings Length of Term
1991 At least once annually,  Fire District Board Room 4 years
Name Title Term End
Nancy Varner Commissioner 5/21/2024
Marvin Nisly Commissioner 05/17/2026
Darrell Fuller Commissioner 05/17/2026
Donna Bradley Commissioner 07/21/2024
Bob Shackelford Commissioner 07/21/2024

Civil Service Commissioners should have interests in the areas of law, labor relations, and human resources. Members should be able to commit to an estimated two hours per quarter to Commission activities. On rare occasions, the Commissioners may be required to devote more time to Commission activities in the event of firefighter testing, a disciplinary hearing or an arbitration.