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Chief Examiner, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:42 PM | Douglas Detling (Administrator)

Have you been looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? What about using your expertise in human resources to serve Oregon's largest fire district?

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue is seeking to contract with an individual, preferably residing within its service area, who is interested in serving the District’s Civil Service Commission as Chief Examiner. This existing role is opening due the retirement of the incumbent. The individual will have professional expertise in Oregon Civil Service laws, merit principles, and personnel administration, and the required professional experience in the field of human resources, including workplace investigations, for success in the role.

For more details about the opportunity, review the brochure below:

Chief Examiner recruitment brochure


The Chief Examiner's scope of work includes the following:

  • Serves as the official Civil Service Chief Examiner in accordance with adopted Civil Service Rules, and at the direction of the 5-member citizen Civil Service Commission;
  • Reviews and approves all entrance promotional exam plans, certifies lists of eligibles, and approves the removal of names from eligible lists;
  • Acts as the decision-making authority for rules interpretation, exceptions, temporary appointments, appointment extensions, inquiries, and appeals;
  • Serves as the investigator for examination appeals in accordance with adopted Civil Service Rules; and
  • Acts as a consultant, as needed, to the District and Commission in areas of Civil Service laws, rules and processes.
  • For more specifics on the Chief Examiner responsibilities and how the Chief Examiner works with Human Resources to carry out the requirements of the Civil Service rules, review the documents below:

Chief Examiner Role and Responsibilities

Civil Service Rule Evaluation and Task Responsibilities

Current Civil Service Rules


The qualifications for Chief Examiner includes:

  • Candidate is preferably an elector or property owner within the District’s service area;
  • Professional expertise in Civil Service laws in Oregon, merit principles, and personnel administration.
  • Professional experience in the field of human resources, with a working knowledge of conducting workplace investigations, preferably in a public service agency (i.e. city, county, state, or special district)



The typical time commitment or the Chief Examiner's scope of work is:

  • 8 meetings per year for Commission and District meetings;
  • 6-8 actions per month (to review, approve, and be available); and
  • 4 hours per month to review issues such as reinstatement to a list

The total annual compensation for these activities is $1,600 per year, paid out in quarterly installments of $400, through a professional services agreement. The breakdown of compensation for the activities is:

  • Commission meetings and workshops - $50 per meeting/workshop
  • Emails, phone calls, review of actions, and availability - $100 per month


  • Apply online  by November 15
  • Panel Interviews (In-person or ZOOM) - Week of December 14, 2020


The Oregon Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Tax ID #45-5602679. 

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