Civil Service Board


The Board shall consist of three (3) citizens who are qualified electors of the City who shall be appointed by Council for terms of four (4) years. There may be (3) three alternate members appointed by Council.  No City officer, official or employee shall be eligible for appointment to said Civil Service Board, per 53 P.S. Section 39861.1, as amended.

The board shall provide for and oversee the examination of applicants for appointment to and promotion to positions in the police or fire department.

The board shall hear matters of non-uniformed employees of the City employed prior to May 19, 2014 as explained in Ord. 5718 adopted 6/13/18.

Enabling Legislation 

(click on each to view legislation) 

Resolution 0004-18​ 

Ord. 5735​ adopted 12/5/18

Ord. 5736​​ adopted 12/5/18 

Ord. 5718​ adopted 6/13/18

Police Civil Service Rules & Regulations

Fire Civil Service Rules & Regulations​​


  • Janice Freehling, Police Chief 
  • 814-949-2491
  • Timothy Hileman, Fire Chief  
  • Omar Strohm, Human Resources Director
  • 814-949-2403
  • Holly Buchanan, Human Resources Administrator​


This Board meets as needed for entrance and promotional eligibility list development and certification of lists of same. Tests to develop both lists are normally given every two years.

This Board also meets for hearings for eligible civil service employees of the Electrical/Engineering Departments of the City as explained above.  


 Civil Service Board Members

  • Ted Beam (Alternate Member)
    1207 Adams Avenue
    Altoona PA 16602
    Residence Phone: 814-944-3129
    Term End: January 2021
  • Donald Belsey
    1918 Juniata Gap Road
    Altoona PA 16601-5364
    Residence Phone: 814-946-4802
    Term End: January 2021
  • Mitch Cooper (Alternate Member)
    2516 Quail Avenue
    Altoona PA 16602
    Residence Phone: 814-944-8577
    Term End: January 2020
  • John Garritano
    114 N. 10th Avenue
    Altoona PA 16601
    Residence Phone: 814-944-5706
    Term End: January 2020
  • Richard Wagner
    1909 Crawford Avenue
    Altoona PA 16602
    Residence Phone: 814-944-8018
    Term End: January 2022
  • Timothy Yingling (Alternate Member)
    1631 Van Buren Avenue
    Altoona PA 16602
    Residence Phone: 814-942-1288
    Term End: January 2022