Civil Service Rule 17 and 31 Appeals

Appeals related to Civil Service Rules 17 and 31, and other provisions that do not require a hearing.

Who can appeal?

  1. Rule 17 – A job Applicant for a classified service position whose application was rejected by the Civil Service Office.  
  2. Rule 31 – A candidate on a certified eligible list whose name was removed from said list.
  3. Other – The Civil Service Commission is a body of limited jurisdiction and can only review cases for which Commission appeal rights are explicitly granted.

How do I appeal and what are the applicable deadlines?

Click here if you wish to submit an appeal.  You have 10 calendar days after the date the email rejection notice was sent to you to submit a complete appeal package to the Civil Service Commission.  Late or incomplete submittals will not be accepted for Commission review.  The Commission, in turn, has 10 calendar days after the appeal is filed to issue a ruling.  

Note:  The Commission may, in its discretion, conduct a formal or informal hearing on an objection.  If that’s the case, a ruling may be issued by the Commission within 10 calendar days after the hearing.

What can I expect after submitting my appeal?

Upon successful submittal, the Civil Service Administrator will review your appeal, research the issue and forward your appeal to the Civil Service Commission, together with recommendations and all relevant information the Commission needs to make an informed decision.  The Commission will then review all available information and deliver a vote (Approve, reject or set for hearing) to the Administrator.  The Administrator will relay the Commission’s decision to the email address you provided on your application as soon as a at least two Commissioners concur.

If the Commission decides to hold a hearing, the Administrator will contact you to give you more information and schedule the hearing.  In most instances, the Commission prefers to hold these types of hearings during their next monthly meeting, which is usually held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.


  1. Rule 17 appeals – You will be admitted to the examination unless the Commission rules against your appeal before the examination is given.
  2. Rule 31 appeals - Until a ruling is issued, no appointment shall be made from the eligible list affected unless eligibility for such appointment would be unaffected by any ruling which the Commission might lawfully issue.

The decision, finding or action of the Commission shall be final and binding on all parties unless within thirty (30) days thereafter it is appealed to the District Court under the provisions of Section 1-7-14 of this Code.

Please note that the above statements are meant to help you by providing direction on our process based on best practices, Civil Service Rules, Pueblo Municipal Code, and collective bargaining agreements.  Should any statement above be in contradiction with said policies/practices, the established policies shall prevail.