Civil Service

The City of Plano is a strictly "Civil Service" city and adheres to the guidelines set forth in Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code and the City of Plano Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations.Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code and the City of Plano Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations establish the procedures for the appointment/hiring of all sworn peace officers and certified firefighters in the City of Plano, Texas.

All individuals interested in becoming a Police Officer or Fire Fighter with the City of Plano must register and take entrance examinations (which are conducted as needed). Applicants are hired from a certified eligibility list created as the result of an open, competitive written examination based on general knowledge, aptitude and mental ability. In order to be considered for appointment/hiring, all applicants must successfully pass the entrance examination with a minimum score of 70 percent. Appointment/hiring is based on the number of vacancies and position/number on the eligibility list.

Other steps in the hiring process include, but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive background screening
  • Physical ability assessment
  • Medical examination / drug screening
  • Psychological examination
  • Polygraph 
  • Oral review board

See requirements and if you still have questions, please contact Human Resources at (972) 941-5300/7115 and ask for the Civil Service Director or send an email to civilservice@plano.gov.