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Act 78 of 1935
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Act 78 of 1935

AN ACT to establish and provide a board of civil service commissioners in cities, villages, and municipalities having full-time paid members in the fire or police departments, or both; to provide a civil service system based upon examination and investigation as to merit, efficiency, and fitness for appointment, employment, and promotion of all full-time paid members appointed in the fire and police departments and respective cities, villages, and municipalities; to regulate the transfer, reinstatement, suspension, and discharge of officers, fire fighters, and police officers; to prescribe penalties and provide remedies; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.

History: 1935, Act 78, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1935 ;-- Am. 1945, Act 287, Imd. Eff. May 25, 1945 ;-- Am. 1951, Act 15, Eff. Sept. 28, 1951 ;-- Am. 1986, Act 155, Imd. Eff. July 3, 1986 ;-- Am. 1998, Act 199, Eff. Mar. 23, 1999
Popular Name: Police and Fire Civil Service Act

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Section 38.501SectionFire and police department civil service commissions; creation.
Section 38.502SectionCivil service commission; membership, appointment, terms; election of president.
Section 38.503SectionCivil service commission; members, qualifications.
Section 38.504SectionCivil service commission; vacancies, removal, petition, hearing.
Section 38.505SectionCivil service commission; clerk.
Section 38.506SectionFire and police civil service; eligibility for permanent appointment.
Section 38.507SectionAppointments and promotions; competitive examinations; provisions applicable to appointment, reinstatement, promotion, or discharge; applicability of section.
Section 38.508SectionCivil service commission; assistance by municipal executive officers; printing, supplies.
Section 38.509SectionCivil service commission; powers and duties.
Section 38.510SectionApplication for examination; filing; contents; forms; refusal to examine or certify applicant; public hearing for aggrieved applicant; review; testimony; decision; physical examination; certification; age requirement; reinstatement or reappointment; rank.
Section 38.510aSectionRepealed. 1986, Act 155, Imd. Eff. July 3, 1986.
Section 38.511SectionRules for examinations; minimum passing grade; notice and distribution of rules; probationary period; final appointment; hearing; procedure for filling position or vacancy; temporary appointments; special examinations; “appointing officer” defined.
Section 38.512SectionExaminations; nature; contents; notice; commencement of examination for promotion; eligible list; discrimination prohibited; competitive vacancies filled by promotions; probationary period; hearing.
Section 38.513SectionReduction in pay, suspension or discharge; discrimination prohibited; hearing by civil service commission.
Section 38.514SectionTenure; grounds for removal, discharge, suspension, or deprivation of privileges; cause; written statement of charges; answer; hearing; reinstatement; record of testimony; appeal; counsel; reduction of full-time paid members; new appointments.
Section 38.515SectionViolation of act; misdemeanor.
Section 38.516SectionViolation of act; penalty.
Section 38.517SectionDefinitions.
Section 38.517aSectionApproval of act by majority of electors; submission of question by resolution; petition; form of ballot; canvass; certification of results; effect of adoption.
Section 38.517bSectionViolation of MCL 168.1 to 168.992 applicable to petitions; penalties.
Section 38.518SectionRescission of act by majority of electors; submission of question; form of ballot; canvass; certification of results; effect of vote in favor of rescission.
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