Wisconsin Civil Service

ACE believes that a strong civil service with a qualified, fairly treated and adequately compensated workforce is necessary for good governance.

Wisconsin’s Civil Service System

2005 – The History Of The Wisconsin Civil Service 1905 – 2005
Characteristics of Wisconsin’s Civil Service System
Threats to Wisconsin’s Civil Service System
2016 – Wis Coalition to Save Civil Service FAQs on civil service
2021 – State of Wisconsin Classified Workforce & Affirmative Action Report –
Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020

ACE Advocacy in Support of Civil Service

Research and analysis

ACE also works to restore and maintain a sound civil service system by analyzing and monitoring government activities and making recommendations.  Samples of our research are highlighted below. 

2021 March – Trends in state employee separation data are worrisome – ACE Newsletter
2020 May – The Continuing Erosion of Wisconsin State Goverment – ACE Newsletter
2019 March – The Impact of Wisconsin Civil Service “Reform” – ACE Newsletter
2019 February – Analysis of The Wisconsin Administrative Code Changes Related to the Civil Service Reforms – ACE Newsletter


ACE writes letters to the governor, legislature, and state agencies concerning civil service issues. For example:

2021 Civil Servants are Essential Workers
2020 Restore Reputation for Civil Service
2018 Bring Back Civil Service Protections
2015 Involving DOA in Hiring is a Mistake
2014 State Employees Should Be Adequately Compensated
2014 August – Project employee letter to state agencies
2013 State Merit Pay Program Falls Short
2013  Political Appointees Need Clear Guidance on Rules
2012 State Pension Plan Part of Strong Civil Service

Education and Awareness

Each year ACE works with other groups to recognize the anniversary of Wisocnisn Civil Service which was enacted in 1905. Activities have ranged from a major 100th anniversary program held at the library in Madison, birthday cake, speeches, and parades on the Capitol Square, and proclamations, press releases, and letters. Examples include:
2020 – Proclamation_by Governor Evers recognizing the 115th Anniversary of Wisconsin Civil Service
2019 – Presentation for the 114th anniversary of the creation of Civil Service in Wisconsin

Other links

State of Wisconsin Human Resources Handbook (link to online chapters)
State of Wisconsin State Employee Handbook (link to pdf as of February 2023)
State of Wisconsin State Employee Handbook (pdf as of February 2023)
State of Wisconsin Jobs
State of Wisconsin Division of Personnel Management (renamed from Office of State Employment Relations July 2015)