The appointing power in all cases not excepted or exempted by virtue of Article VII of the Constitution shall fill positions by appointment, including cases of transfers, reinstatements, promotions, and demotions, in strict accordance with this part and the rules prescribed from time to time under this part, and not otherwise. Except as provided in this part, appointments to vacant positions shall be made from employment lists.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 794, Sec. 19.)