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Los Angeles Civil Service Hiring Rule Changes, Measure Q (March 2011)

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A City of Los Angeles Civil Service Hiring Rule Changes, Measure Q ballot question was on the March 8, 2011 ballot for voters in the City of Los Angeles, where it was approved.[1]

Measure Q makes some changes in the city's rules governing civil service hiring, especially the rules that govern hiring of public safety employees.[1]

Specifically, Measure Q:

  • Limits the number of civil service applicants
  • Eliminates the current requirement that an eligible candidate be certified three times
  • Exempts fire deputy chiefs from civil service provisions
  • Standardizes the probation period for sworn city police officers
  • Increases the length of emergency appointments to one year
  • Extends the amount of time retirees can work from 90 days to 120.[2]

Measure Q was one of 10 ballot measures on the March 8, 2011 City of Los Angeles ballot.

Election results

Measure Q
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 102,455 62.38%
No 61,784 37.62%

Election results from the Los Angeles City Clerk as of 2:44 a.m. on March 9, 2011


  • The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure Q were signed by Councilman Dennis Zine.[3]


No arguments in opposition to Measure Q were submitted for publication in the official voter guide.[3]

Newspaper editorials

  • The Los Angeles Times supported Measure Q, writing, "Another housekeeping measure, this one allows city personnel managers to limit the pool of applicants tested for civil service jobs, thus saving time and money."[4]
  • The editorial board of the Los Angeles Daily News supported a "yes" vote on Measure Q, saying, "The most substantial change [that Measure Q will enact], from our view, is the one that exempts deputy fire chiefs from civil service provisions altogether. There's good reason for this. Under current rules, a new fire chief can't rearrange his or her top management team the way a new police chief can. That doesn't make good management sense in a time when the city needs all department heads to work as efficiently and intelligently as possible. Not only will these changes not cost the city, but Miguel Santana, the city administrative officer, said this measure will reduce administrative costs."[5]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure Q: Shall the Charter be amended to: (1) expand the automatic civil service exemptions to include Deputy Chiefs of Fire; (2) limit the number of qualified applicants testing for civil service positions to an adequate number to prevent examinations of unnecessarily large candidate pools; (3) eliminate the requirement for certifying all eligible candidates for appointment to a civil service position when the candidates' scores are not reachable or when no hiring is taking place; (4) clarify and standardize the probationary period for police officers to accurately reflect its application to sworn officers from the Airport, Harbor and General Services Departments; (5) increase the length of emergency appointments to no longer than one year; and (6) extend the amount of time retirees may work from 90 to 120 days without increasing pension benefits?[6]

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