Codified as Chapter 41.14 RCW, the statute requires counties to appoint a three-member Civil Service Commission, charged with establishing a merit system of employment for employees of the Sheriff's Office. Members serve six (6) year terms. Per State statute "At the time of appointment not more than two commissioners shall be adherents of the same political party." [RCW 41.14.030]
This three (3) member Board adopts rules for personnel matters within the Sheriff's Office; approves classification plans; administers competitive employment exams; hears appeal; and investigates matters relating to Civil Service rules.