WMS Position Evaluation (Department of Personnel mandated process)

Policy Approve By
Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Superintedent
Policy Date (original policy date)
Policy Prepared By
Jessica Sydnor, Human Resources Manager
Policy Category


In accordance with statewide directive from the Department of Personnel and the WA State Governor’s Office, all Washington Management Service (WMS) positions of state agencies must be evaluated using the State of Washington WMS Position Evaluation Process.  All WMS positions are reviewed by a committee of HR and Management professionals utilizing the established statewide evaluation process.  This policy allows individual employees to appeal decisions made via the evaluation process.  Appeals are directed to the Appointed Authority as “Requests for reconsideration of agency action”.

Process of Appeal:

  1. WMS employees or department managers seeking reconsideration of an agency action may schedule an appointment with the Appointing Authority.  Employees/department managers will be required to bring documentation that supports the purpose of their appeal (including the WMS evaluation report.)  The Appointing Authority may choose to involve human resources personnel for the meeting.
  2. Once all information has been provided to the Appointing Authority and meeting has adjourned, the Appointing Authority will take up to 10 business days to review the information.  Review will include assessment of position essential duties and responsibilities, compliance with all applicable rules and regulations and/or review of salary band allocation.
  3. Upon completion of review, the Appointing Authority will schedule a follow-up meeting to explain the final determination with the requesting employee or department manager.
  4. If the employee or department manager is not satisfied with the final determination, the requesting employee or department manager may consult WA State Department of Personnel to arrange for further review and appeal processing.