Civil Service



City Of Tonawanda Civil Service
200 Niagara Street
Tonawanda NY 14150
(716) 695-8626

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm in the Community Room located at City hall and are open to the public.  
City Hall is open to the public by appointment only. Please notify Civil Service prior to coming in by calling 716-695-8626


Firefighter exam has been scheduled for October 10th, 2020. 
Because of COVID guidelines and the amount of applicants participating, the test will have 2 sessions. One beginning at 9am and the other beginning at 1pm. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

>All acceptance/disqualification letters for the Firefighter Exam        have been mailed out to the address listed on the applications (unless otherwise provided). Please watch the mail if you've applied.
> Not everyone was divided by last name. Please note your exam time!
>You must bring both documents with you to the exam.
>Arrive early as you will be screened for COVID.
>Be sure to bring your own pencils and a mask.
>There will be Lysol and Hand Sanitizer on premises.

If you missed the deadline, Civil Service will accept applications for the firefighter exam until SEPTEMBER 08, 2020

If you have applied to sit for the upcoming Firefighter exam and have not yet submitted your photo ID, please remit to the civil service office immediately!! You may leave a copy in the drop box on the west side of the building or you may email a copy to

Scores from the Upper Level Fire Promotion Exams held 12/14/2019 have been released by the State. Please watch your mail for your pass/fail letters that will include your grade and rank for each exam taken in this series. 

Civil Service VACANCIES:

Civil Service EXAMS

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Email Notification Announcement
Applications are accepted from January 1st thru December 31st of each year for Non-Competitive and Labor Class positions that may come up within the City and special districts during that calendar year.

Application  PDF form
MANDATORY Background Check Authorization Form to be filed with all applications
Both completed forms must be submitted for consideration

Summer/Seasonal Application PFD   
Summer/Seasonal Application with Background Check Authorization- RETURNING Employees PDF

Police Officer Physical Agility Information

Police Officer Medical Release Form

Exam Fee Waiver Application For unemployed Head of Households

Any exam given in multiple locations  on the same day can be cross-filed per NYS Civil Service: Click for Cross-File Form. Must be submitted with  Examination Application.

If you cannot take the exam on the  date scheduled, you may be able to schedule an alternate test date.  Click  the following to see if you are eligible for another date: Civil Service Alternate Test Date Policy.

Applications for examinations should  only be filled out and provided to the Civil Service Commission Office when  there are exams announced and the last date for the filing of applications has  not passed. Exam fees must be included with the application unless filing for an exam fee waiver as an unemployed head of household. (Waiver form must be submitted with application).

 * Notice to candidates who took the  December 2, 2017 Police Officer Examination: It is the responsibility of the  candidate to provide a college transcript to the Commission office verifying  that they have met the minimum requirements before they can be certified for  appointment.  Contact the office regarding  transcripts at 695-8626  or e-mail:

 * Notice to candidates who took the  March 19, 2016 Firefighter Examination: It is the responsibility of the  candidate to provide a copy of their New York State basic Emergency Medical  Technician (EMT) certificate to the Commission office verifying that they have  met the minimum requirements before they can be certified for appointment. Contact the office regarding certificates at 695-8626  or e-mail:

 Please call Civil Service Department  at 695-8626 for more information.
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Monthly Meeting Minutes:

January 2020
February 2020
March 2020
April 2020 (no meeting)
May 2020 (no meeting)
June 2020 (Zoom meeting)
July 2020
August 2020