Looking for anyone that has transferred from a civil service department to a non civil service department. I have been with my current department for 11 years now and I am contemplating making the move to a town that has left civil service. The main reason is the location. Closer to family life and more time with kids etc. Now obviously these are questions to ask the new department but I was looking for any personal experiences people on here might have. - did you lose your civil service status once you moved to a non civil service status? I know with this department specifically anyone who was hired before they dropped Civil Service still kept their Civil Service status. - regarding the pension, this town has since moved new hires to a best of the last 5 years average upon retirement. Currently with my job I am grandfathered into best of three years. I am wondering since I am already in the pension system if I would be able to keep my current status. The two departments are in different counties however*. Also, anyone who has transferred. Were you allowed to come in at a higher step in your new department or did they start you at the bottom? Transfer any sick time in or anything like that? If anyone has any general advice about a move like this I would appreciate it. Thanks.