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Civil Service

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Texas law called Civil Service governs processes and procedures for hiring City of Hurst Police Officers and Fire Fighters. Civil Service regulations are found in the Texas Local Government Code Chapter 143.

These regulations require the City Manager, as the Chief Executive of the municipality, to appoint three Civil Service Commissioners.

“The Commission may investigate and report on all matters relating to the enforcement and effect of this Chapter and any rules adopted under this Chapter and shall determine if the Chapter and Rules are being obeyed.” –Sec. 143.009, Local Government Code

Civil Service Commission
Place 1

Name: Walter Ott
Term Expires: 2022

Place 2
Name: Carl Jones, Ed.D.
Term Expires: 2021

Place 3
Name: Karl Burge
Term Expires: 2022

Civil Service Administration
Civil Service Director/Executive
Director of Human Resources

Matia Messemer, SHRMM-SCP
Civil Service Designee/Secretary       
Shirlee Randall


The Hurst Civil Service Commission establishes local rules, specific to the City of Hurst, that also offer guidance for processes and procedures. These local rules can be viewed by clicking on the link below

City of Hurst Civil Service Rules and Regulations, Revised January 2016