Civil Service

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Meet the Administrator

Jonathan M. Huff

Jonathan was appointed as the Civil Service Administrator by Mayor Charles P. Sammarone and Civil Service Commission on August 15th 2012.

He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and his Masters of Arts in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University.

Prior to becoming the Civil Service Administrator, Mr. Huff served as the Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission. In this capacity, Mr. Huff was in charge of ensuring fair employment and fair housing rights of City of Youngstown residents. Mr. Huff is trained in mediation and various Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques. Mr. Huff looks forward to serving the citizens of this community.


James L. Messenger, President

(Term ending 12/31/2013)

Atty. James L. Messenger was first appointed to the Civil Service Commission by Mayor Patrick J. Ungaro in September, 1991 and has served continuously since that time.

Atty. Messenger is a graduate of Ohio University and the Syracuse University College of Law and has practiced law in the City of Youngstown since 1967. Atty. Messenger has represented a number of public entities in the Mahoning County area including school boards, local governmental bodies, as well as private business, in the area of labor and employment matters including the negotiation of labor agreements in the public and private sector.

Atty. Messenger is past president of the Mahoning County Bar Association; a founding member of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys; and is a member of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. Atty. Messenger is admitted to practice in the courts of Ohio as well as the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

John J. Spivey Jr. MPA, Vice-President

(Term ending 12/31/2021)

John J. Spivey Jr. was appointed to Civil Services Commission to fill out the remainder of Reverend Alfred D. Coward term on September 14, 2015 by Mayor John McNally. Spivey was re-appointed as Vice President of the Civil Services Commission on January 1, 2016 by Mayor McNally. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor degree in Sociology and received his Masters in Public Administration from Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Mr. Spivey has held executive positions in the public sector as former Youngstown Park and Recreation Commissioner and former Youngstown Planning Commissioner. He also served as Bailiff for Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert A. Douglas from 2007- 2012.

Mr. Spivey is currently employed at Coleman Professional Services and worked at the following organizations in the Youngstown area: Youth Services- Forum Health Hospital, Valley Counseling Services, Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP), Mahoning County Children Services, and Youngstown Community Corrections Association.

Mr. Spivey was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He resides in Youngstown with his wife, Arlene son, John III and daughter, Naudia.

Alfred J. Fleming, Secretary

(Term ending 12/31/2015)

Attorney Al Fleming was appointed to the Civil Service Commission by Mayor George McKelvey in 2005. He attended Miami University and graduated from Youngstown State University with honors. He is a graduate of the University of Akron's School of Law and has practiced law in the City of Youngstown since 1975.

He worked at the Youngstown Steel Door Company and the East Ohio Gas Company while attending undergraduate and graduate school. He clerked for Manchester, Bennett, Powers and Ullman and the Mahoning County Public Defenders Office. Fleming joined the law practice of McLaughlin, DiBlasio and Harshman following graduation from law school and then represented the Cafaro Company in real estate matters for several years before returning to private practice in 1985. His law practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial real estate, business organizations, medical-legal and estate planning.

Attorney Fleming represented the City of Youngstown on the board of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District for several years and currently serves on the Mahoning County Children Services Board. He is a past board member of the International Institute and the Youngstown Community Health Center. He was a charter member and incorporator of the North Side Citizens Coalition.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Mahoning County Bar Association and the Mahoning Shenango Valley Estate Planning Council. Attorney Fleming is admitted to practice in the courts of Ohio, the Federal District Court of Northern Ohio and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out what exams are being tested?

Examination announcements are distributed to various local service agencies throughout the city, various departments in the city, and are posted at the Civil Service Office. Announcements may also be posted in the Youngstown Vindicator Sunday Help Wanted Section, the YSU Jambar, and on the Ohio Means Jobs website.

How long before I know my score and ranking?

Examination results will be mailed approximately two (2) weeks following the examination. You will receive your standing on the eligibility list approximately one (1) week following the receipt of your grade. Eligibility lists for entry level positions will remain in effect for one (1) year from the date of the first appointment.

What are the rules for taking the examination?

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the examination start time for examination check-in. Have your Photo I.D. (Driver’s License) and filing receipt ready.
  • Make sure you are well rested and mentally alert when you enter the examination room.
  • Listen closely to the opening remarks of the Administrator in charge of the exam. If you do not understand the process, do not be afraid to ask questions. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.
  • Read each question carefully. You will have plenty of time. Entry level examinations are generally multiple choice exams that are 100 questions in length.
  • There are no “trick” questions. Use common sense, clear thinking, and general knowledge to help you answer the questions correctly.
  • Make sure you answer every question on the examination. An unanswered question is automatically a WRONG answer.
  • You will probably have more time than you need to finish the examination. Double check your answer sheet to ensure that you have answered all questions.

What is the application process?

  • Applicants must complete an application during the specified time frame listed on the examination announcement.
  • Applications will NOT be accepted before or after the application period specified on the examination announcement. Applications must be received at the Civil Service Commission Office by close of business (4:00 p.m.) on the final day of the application period.
  • Applications are available at the Youngstown Civil Service Commission Office, 7th Floor, City Hall, Youngstown, Ohio. Applications will be accepted only during office hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Read the examination announcement carefully and submit all required documents, such as form DD-214 for military veterans or other proof of bonus point eligibility with the application.
  • Once your application has been received, you will receive a filing receipt. This filing receipt must be brought to the examination along with photo I.D. (Driver’s License).

When do the Commissioners meet?



The following rules shall apply to all regular, special and emergency meetings of the Commission. These rules are established pursuant to Section 121.22 (F) of the Ohio Revised Code. All meetings shall be held in the Civil Service Commission office, 7th Floor, City Hall, Youngstown, Ohio, unless otherwise scheduled by the Commission, and shall be open to the public except as determined by a majority of a quorum of the Commission pursuant to Section 121.22 (G) of the Ohio Revised Code.

A. REGULAR MEETINGS Regular meetings of the Youngstown Civil Service Commission will be held on the third (3rd) Wednesday of every month at 4:00 P.M. (Amendment 02-1). If a regular meeting falls on a legal holiday, that meeting shall be held instead on the fourth (4th) Wednesday of that month. Notice of regular meetings shall be published in the Youngstown Vindicator on at least one occasion annually, on or before the date scheduled for the regular monthly meeting of the Commission

B. SPECIAL MEETINGS Special meetings of the Youngstown Civil Service Commission may be called at any time by the President or any two (2) members of the Commission; provided, that at least twenty four (24) hours advance notice of a special meeting shall be given to all news media. Notice of a special meeting shall be made by the Commission office staff by telephone or other reasonable means of communication. Such notice shall be informative as to the time, place, and purpose of the meeting.

C. EMERGENCY MEETINGS In the event of any emergency requiring immediate official action, a special meeting may be held without giving twenty four (24) hours advance notification to the news media. The Commission shall immediately attempt to give some notification, as time permits, to the news media. The minutes of any such emergency meeting shall state the general nature of the emergency, which required the immediate action.


Contact Information

7th Floor, City Hall
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown , OH 44503
Office Phone:330.742.8798
Hours:Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Name Title/Phone/E-mail
Megan Arroyo Clerk/Typist
Alfred J. Fleming Secretary, Civil Service Commission
Jonathan Huff Civil Service Administrator
James L. Messenger President, Civil Service Commission
Todie Sepulveda Secretary/Office Assistant
John J. Spivey Jr. MPA Vice-President, Civil Service Commission