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About Us

Our Mission Statement

We are committed to providing technical, operational, and strategic support on a wide range of employment concerns to ensure a diverse, high quality classified workforce for the City of Long Beach.
We do this by:

  • Providing a robust employee selection system in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, which is designed to meet the needs of our organization.
  • Listening to the needs of our customers and our operating departments and responding accordingly.
  • Keeping abreast of best practices and trends related to merit–based employment principles and guidelines.

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Civil Service is the first stop for most people looking to work full-time with the City of Long Beach.

The Civil Service Department determines whether those seeking to work for the City of Long Beach are qualified to do the job for which they are applying. This is done through an application and selection process in which applicants are asked to describe their qualifications and are tested to determine if they possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities for that particular job.

Each year, the Civil Service Department accepts thousands of applications for City of Long Beach jobs and administers various examinations for different jobs, such as written tests, oral interviews, training and experience evaluations and performance tests. At the end of each testing process, a list of eligible candidates is created and City departments hire people for jobs from these eligible lists.

In addition, the Civil Service Department serves as the support staff for the
Long Beach Civil Service Commission.