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On June 26, 2020, the Civil Service Merit Board will meet at 10 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room in the City County Building.

Please note the following measures being taken to ensure we are in compliance with Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines for Knox County and to ensure the safety of all attendees:
• Do not attend if you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
• All attendees are encouraged to wear a mask.
• Seating will be distanced to ensure all seats for board members and attendees are at least 6 feet apart.
• Please ensure social distancing of at least 6 feet when not seated.
• All surfaces will be cleaned prior to the meeting and after the meeting.
• Doors will be propped open and hand sanitizer will be available at the door.
• Access will be limited inside the room to 50 people.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Civil Service Department at 865-215-2106.

Vicki Hatfield, Executive Director
Room 569, City County Building
Fax: 865-215-4270

The Civil Service Merit Board (CSMB)  has oversight for the operation of the city's personnel program to ensure that the city adheres to the merit system principles and practices. The CSMB also hears appeals relative to any personnel action which the employee considers adverse to his or her position. This includes actions such as: suspensions, demotions, termination and other disciplinary action. The CSMB also provides for a grievance procedure and for equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The Civil Service Department also administers the pay and classification plan of the City and coordinates the training programs.

The CSMB meets as needed on the second Wednesday of each month in the City County Building. Individuals wishing to place items on the CSMB's agenda must submit a written request through the board's executive secretary/director by the first Wednesday of each month or one week prior to the CSMB meeting.


The Civil Service Merit Board consists of five members serving terms of five years each (overlapping). Members may serve only two terms consecutively. Nominations for vacancies are made by the Mayor and submitted to City Council for approval.


Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in Room 640 of the City County Building. Sometimes the board meets in Room 549. The City's calendar will designate which room.

Click here to view current board membership and to check for opportunities to serve on this board.