Merit Systems Commission


The Maricopa County Merit Systems Commission is actually two commissions in one. The Commissions are responsible for overseeing the Employee Merit System (under the provisions of A.R.S. §11-351 through 11-357) and the Law Enforcement Officers' Merit System (under the provisions of A.R.S. §38-1001 through 38-1007).

The Commissions are charged with representing the public interest in the improvement of personnel administration in the county service. The Commissions adopt new rules, amends existing rules, recommends preparation of policies and procedures, and serves as an independent personnel board for the County under A.R.S. §38-532 (H).


The Board meets as defined in the Annual Posting Notice (PDF).

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Current Members

Representation Member Current Term
District 1 Casey S. Blais 03/21/2018 - 12/31/2018
District 2 Sean Lake 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2020
District 3 Vacant  
District 4 Larry Pickard, Chairman 04/06/2016 - 12/31/2019
District 5 Vacant
  1. Member Qualifications
  2. Duties & Powers
  3. Formation Authority

Member Qualifications

A.R.S. §11-353: (County Employees):
  1. Upon the adoption of a county employee merit system the Board of Supervisors shall appoint a county employee merit system commission to assist in administering the system. The commission shall consist of 5 members, each of whom shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until his successor is appointed and qualified. Of the members first appointed, 2 shall serve for a 2-year term, 2 for a 3-year term and 1 shall serve for a 4-year term, and such members shall determine by lot the length of their terms. Appointment to fill a vacancy caused by other than expiration of term shall be for the unexpired portion of the term.
  2. Members of the commission shall be selected from among the qualified electors of the county. No more than 3 of such members shall be from the same political party.
Employee Merit System Rules, Section 9 (A): No member of the Commission shall be a member of any local, state, or national committee of a political party or an officer or member of a committee in any partisan political club or organization, or shall hold, be a candidate for any elective public office except as permitted by this Resolution.

A.R.S. §38-1002: (Law Enforcement Employees):
  1. In each county coming with the provisions of this article, there shall be a merit system council which shall consist of 5 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the county. No more than 3 members shall belong to the same political party and all members shall be persons having recognized knowledgeable interest in the merit principles of personnel administration, and are prohibited from delegating their authority.
  2. The term of each member of a council shall be 5 years, 1 term to expire December 31 each year, except that a member shall continue to serve until his successor is duly appointed and qualified. Of the members of the council first appointed, 1 shall be appointed for a term ending December 31, 1970, and 1 each for terms ending 1, 2, 3 and 4 years thereafter. Upon the expiration of the term of a member a successor shall be appointed for a full term of 5 years. Appointment to fill a vacancy resulting other than from expiration of a term shall be for the unexpired portion of the term only.
  3. The council shall hold regular quarterly meetings and in addition, may hold such special meetings as the chairman of the council deems necessary. A chairman and vice-chairman shall be elected by the members of the council in January of each year and the chairman shall not be permitted to succeed himself. Meetings of the council shall be open to the public and executive sessions may be held as provided by law.
  4. Any 1 of the following shall constitute the resignation of a council member and authorize the appointing authority to appoint a new member to fill the unexpired portion of the term so vacated:
    1. Absence from 3 consecutive quarterly meetings
    2. Becoming a candidate for any elective public office
    3. Accepting any appointive office of employment in the service of the state, or a county, city or town
  5. Members of the council shall receive subsistence and travel expenses incurred while traveling from their places of residence to the place meetings are held or in the performance of other duties of the council in the same manner as is provided by law for state officers.
A.R.S. §38-1006:
  1. In the event a county adopts by resolution a merit system for all of its employees, then the provisions of this article as it pertains to county employees shall be administered by the county employee merit system commission.