Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission.

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The Civil Service Study Commission was created on October 14, 1935 by Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald under authority of Public Act 195 of the Public Acts of 1931. The commission, chaired by University of Michigan professor James K. Pollock, was instructed to survey current personnel practices of the state "with a view to determining, in as accurate a way as possible, the most important evils from which the state has been suffering." Under the existing patronage system of government employment, a change in administration usually meant wholesale personnel changes regardless of the competence and merit of the individual then holding any given position. The study commission, in its report, proposed legislation which would correct these shortcomings.

Based upon the recommendations of the commission, the Michigan legislature in 1937 passed a bill designed to correct the evil and inefficiencies of political patrons with the creation of a Civil Service Commission appointed by the governor. This Commission, in turn, would select a personnel director who would prepare the necessary rules and regulations and who would begin the process of classifying each and every state job.

From the guide to the Michigan Civil Service Study Commission records, 1935-1941, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Michigan Civil Service Study Commission records, 1935-1941 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Michael A. Gorman papers, 1920-1958 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Gorman, Michael A. (Michael Arthur), 1892-1958. Michael Arthur Gorman papers, 1920-1958. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Fred W. Green papers, 1881-1939 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
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associatedWith Brake, D. Hale, 1891- person
associatedWith Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979 person
associatedWith Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949 person
associatedWith Diggs, Charles C. person
associatedWith Dunckel, Miller Lewis, 1899- person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
associatedWith Gorman, Michael A. (Michael Arthur), 1892-1958. person
associatedWith Green, Fred Warren, 1872-1936 person
associatedWith Haber, William, 1899-1988 person
associatedWith Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945 person
associatedWith Meader, George, 1907- person
associatedWith Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949 person
associatedWith Nichols, Haskell Linton, 1896- person
associatedWith Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860 person
associatedWith Picard, Frank A., 1889-1963 person
associatedWith Pollock, James Kerr, 1898- person
associatedWith Shields, Edmund Claude, 1871-1947 person
associatedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951 person
associatedWith Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898- person
associatedWith White, Leonard Dupee, 1891-1958 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Civil service

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