Civil Service Board


The Board shall consist of three (3) citizens who are qualified electors of the City who shall be appointed by the recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of 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 

Resolution 0004-18​ 

Ord. 5718​ adopted 6/13/18​​

Police Civil Service Commission Chapter 105

Fire Civil Service Commission Chapter 44​


  • Joseph Merrill, Police Chief 
  • 814-949-2491
  • Timothy Hileman, Fire Chief  
  • Holly Buchanan, Human Resources Manager​


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
    Resolution: 0015-21
    Term End: January 2025
  • Donald Belsey
    1918 Juniata Gap Road
    Altoona PA 16601-5364
    Residence Phone: 814-946-4802
    Resolution: 0014-21
    Term End: January 2025
  • Mitch Cooper (Alternate Member)
    2516 Quail Avenue
    Altoona PA 16602
    Residence Phone: 814-944-8577
    Resolution: 01/08/2020
    Term End: January 2024
  • Janice Freehling (Alternate Member)
    1314 Jefferson Avenue
    Altoona PA 16602
    Resolution: 0025-22
    Term End: January 2026
  • John Garritano
    114 N. 10th Avenue
    Altoona PA 16601
    Residence Phone: 814-944-5706
    Resolution: 01/08/2020
    Term End: January 2024
  • Richard Wagner
    1909 Crawford Avenue
    Altoona PA 16602
    Residence Phone: 814-944-8018
    Resolution: 0024-22
    Term End: January 2026