Missouri Merit System

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The Missouri Merit System is a personnel system established by law and designed to protect employee's from arbitrary actions, personal favoritism, and political coercion.  The Missouri Merit System provides a competitive examination process for recruitment and retention of a qualified workforce and governs the appointment, promotion, transfer, layoff, removal and discipline of employees.

There are six state agencies, and ten organizations of three others, that comprise the Missouri Merit System.

What distinguishes "Merit System" agencies from other agencies?

  • The manner in which employees are hired.
  • The manner in which employees may be separated.
  • Protections against transfer and demotion of employees

Click here to view the agencies that comprise the Missouri Merit System.