Civil Service Commission Testing

Civil Service Commission Testing

The City of Ottawa Civil Service Commission is accepting applications to establish eligibility registers for the classifications shown below. These registers will be valid for two years from posting date.

General Labor/Building Maintenance

These are full-time positions. Residency within five (5) miles of the corporate limits must be established and maintained within fifteen (15) months of employment, however no more than 10 bargaining unit members or 30% of the entire bargaining unit, whichever is higher, may reside outside of the City of Ottawa corporate limits.

Applications are available at Human Resources, first floor, City Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or downloaded using the links shown below.

Completed applications must be returned by close of business on or before the dates listed on the application to be eligible to take the exam.

Public Works: General Labor/Building Maintenance

Water Survey

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires every water supplier to develop and implement a comprehensive cross connection control program for the elimination of existing cross connections and prevention or protection from all future cross connections. Regulations are in place to protect our drinking water systems

A requirement of the program is to conduct a survey of all water customers every two years. All Ottawa water customers will receive a survey post card in the mail soon, if not already.

Please simply follow the directions on the post card and complete the online survey shortly after you receive the card.

The contractor hired to implement and oversee Ottawa’s program is Aqua Backflow from Elgin, IL. They specialize in cross connection control program management. Note that if you have or require backflow protection, you may be notified for compliance (installations, testing, or repairs) by Aqua Backflow. Please contact them at or 847-742-2296 with any questions.

Ottawa’s Cross Connection Control Program is designed to safeguard public health.  We ask for your cooperation with our program, its enforcement, and any requests for information that comes from Aqua Backflow or utility staff.