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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno
 
 

  

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Robert M. Czech, Chairperson

Thomas J. Perna

Richard E. Williams

 

  

April 4, 2012

 

 

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     A regular meeting of the Civil Service Commission was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Trenton, New Jersey.

 

            PRESENT: Robert M. Czech, Chairperson, Members Thomas J. Perna and Richard E. Williams; Pamela Ullman, Deputy Attorney General; Henry Maurer, Director, Division of Merit System Practices and Labor Relations.

 

            In accordance with L.1975, c.231, the Secretary to the Civil Service Commission opened the meeting with the following statement:

 

     Notice of this meeting was filed with the Secretary of State and sent to the Trentonian, Trenton Times, Courier-Post and Star Ledger on November 28, 2011, and posted at the Civil Service Commission, 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

 

     All actions were by unanimous vote unless otherwise specified.

 

 

SECTION A - HEARING MATTERS

 

 

A-1      SETTLEMENTS

 

In the Matter of Jesse Barnes

New Jersey State Prison

Department of Corrections

Removal

 

In the Matter of Carlos Barnwell

Burlington County

County Jail

Suspension

 

In the Matter of Robert Burfeind

Township of West Orange

Fire Department

Removal

 

In the Matter of Joseph Charles

Department of Children and Families

Removal

 

In the Matter of William Croskey

Hudson County

Department of Roads and Public Property

Removal

 

In the Matter of Brande Davis

Jersey City School District

Removal

 

In the Matter of Nashyrah Day

Mid-State Correctional Facility

Department of Corrections

Removal

 

In the Matter of William Doran

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

 

In the Matter of Joshua Fife

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Department of Human Services

Release at the end of the working test period

 

In the Matter of Dwayne Gandy

Woodbine Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

In the Matter of Joyce Hall

New Jersey Home for Disabled Soldiers - Paramus

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Removal

 

In the Matter of Christopher Haring

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

In the Matter of Ronald A. Harvey, Jr.

City of Millville

Police Department

Removal

 

In the Matter of Alusine Jalloh

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Department of Human Services

Suspension     

 

In the Matter of Jeffrey Johnson

East Orange

Police Department

Removal

 

In the Matter of Steven Vereen-Jones

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

In the Matter of Connie Keyes

Middlesex County Board of Social Services

Suspension

 

In the Matter of Keith Markwis

North Jersey Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

In the Matter of Shawn L. Matos, et al.

Cumberland County

Department of Aging

Layoff

 

In the Matter of Ruth McAndrew

Morris County

Department of Human Services

Suspension

 

In the Matter of Richard Moore

Phillipsburg Housing Authority

Suspension

 

In the Matter of John Mulholland

Borough of Ringwood

Department of Public Works

Suspension

 

In the Matter of Veronica Parent

Ocean County

Board of Health Department

Removal

 

In the Matter of Viola Phillips

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

In the Matter of Linda Rosa

Morris County

Department of Human Services

Suspensions (2)

 

In the Matter of Joseph E. Stives, Jr.

Department of Environmental Protection

Suspension and Removal

 

 

In the Matter of Craig Volious

Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

In the Matter of Kim White

New Jersey State Prison

Department of Corrections

Suspension

 

In the Matter of Keith Williams

Mercer County

Department of Public Safety

Release at the end of the working test period

 

 

RECOMMENDATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE IN THE ABOVE CASES - SETTLEMENTS

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission acknowledged the settlements with the exception of John Mulholland, which was held over for clarification.

 

A-2      TAMIKA BROWN (CONSOLIDATION)

    

Tamika Brown, County Correction Officer, Burlington County, County Jail, a 10 working day suspension and a 20 working day suspension on charges of other sufficient cause, violation of Department time and attendance policy and chronic or excessive absenteeism or lateness.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the 10 working day suspension and the 20 working day suspension.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

      

A-3      JANINA LOVE

 

Janina Love, Senior Correction Officer, Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Department of Corrections, 120 working day suspension on charges of neglect of duty, other sufficient cause and violation of administrative procedures and/or regulations involving safety and security.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Reverse the 120 working day suspension.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

A-4      VERONICA TUCKER

    

Veronica Tucker, Senior Correction Officer, Central Office, Department of Corrections, 15 working day suspension on charges of other sufficient cause, insubordination, conduct unbecoming a public employee and violation of a rule, regulation, policy, procedure, order or administrative decision.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Modify the 15 working day suspension to a five working day suspension.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

A-5      WILLIE ANDERSON

 

Willie Anderson, Senior Correction Officer, Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections, removal effective May 12, 2011, on the charge of inability to perform duties.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

A-6      MARILYN BOYCE

 

Marilyn Boyce, Human Services Assistant, Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Human Services, two removals effective January 6, 2010, on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, neglect of duty, other sufficient cause, violation of a policy and insubordination.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Modify the removals to a 90-day and a 180 calendar day suspension.

 

            ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission modified the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge and modified the first removal to a 180 calendar day suspension and upheld the second removal.

 

A-7      DAMAR BRIGGS (CONSOLIDATION)

    

Damar Briggs, Police Officer, City of Newark, Police Department, a 30-day, 50-day, and 60-day suspension and two removals effective April 19, 2011, on charges of violation of Police Department rules and regulations regarding incompetency, inefficiency or failure to perform duties, disobedience to orders, change of residency notification, neglect of duty, responsibility for own actions, conduct unbecoming a public employee and chronic inefficiency or incompetency.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the 30-day, 50-day and 60-day suspensions and the removals.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

A-8      GREGORY CLERICO

    

Gregory Clerico, County Correction Officer, Atlantic County, Department of Corrections, removal, effective July 15, 2011, on charges of violation of Department policy and procedure manual, personnel rules and regulations regarding neglect of duty, obedience to laws, lying to a superior or any member of the Department, conduct unbecoming a public employee and other sufficient cause.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

A-9      MELISSA FRATELLA (CONSOLIDATION)

 

Melissa Fratella, County Correction Officer, Morris County Sheriff's Department, 1) 180-day suspension on charges of incompetency, inefficiency, or failure to perform duties, inability to perform duties, neglect of duty, and other sufficient cause, including violations of the County rules and regulations pertaining to truthfulness and conduct and 2) removal effective December 10, 2010, on charges of incompetency, inefficiency, or failure to perform duties, inability to perform duties, neglect of duty, and other sufficient cause, including violations of the County rules and regulations pertaining to sexual harassment, offensive behavior, and discrimination.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Reverse the 180 calendar day suspension and modify the removal to a 90-day suspension.

 

            ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission modified the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge and upheld the 180 calendar day suspension and removal.

 

A-10    MILDRED JAIME

 

Mildred Jaime, Cottage Training Technician, Hunterdon Developmental Center, Department of Human Services, removal effective December 7, 2010, on charges of physical or mental abuse of a client, verbal abuse of a patient, client, resident or employee, inappropriate physical contact or mistreatment of a client, any improper conduct which violates common decency, discourtesy to public, visitors, patients, residents or clients, failure to perform duties, conduct unbecoming a public employee and other sufficient cause.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Reverse the removal.

 

      ACTION:           The Civil Service Commission directed that this matter be held over for a testimony summary.

 

A-11    SONYA MCKENZIE

 

Sonya McKenzie, Senior Correction Officer, East Jersey State Prison, Department of Corrections, removal effective April 1, 2010, on charges of chronic or excessive absenteeism or lateness and being absent from work as scheduled without permission and/or without giving proper notice of intended absence.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

 

A-12    DURWIN SMALLS

 

Durwin Smalls, Senior Correction Officer, East Jersey State Prison, Department of Corrections, 1) removal on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, neglect of duty, other sufficient cause, improper or unauthorized contact with an inmate, undue familiarity with inmates, parolees, their families, or friends and violation of a rule, regulation, policy, procedure, order, or administrative decision, 2) removal on the charge of insubordination, 3) removal on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, other sufficient cause  and violation of a rule, regulation, policy, procedure, order or administrative procedure and 4) removal on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, other sufficient cause, violation of a rule, regulation, policy, procedure, order or administrative procedure and possession of contraband on State property or in State vehicles.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removals.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

A-13    JOSHUA SMITH

 

Joshua Smith, Senior Correction Officer, South Woods State Prison, Department of Corrections, removal effective August 4, 2010, on charges of other sufficient cause, falsification and conduct unbecoming a public employee.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Grant the appointing authority's motion for summary decision and dismiss the appeal pursuant to an order of forfeiture.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

 

A-14    TANYA STAFFORD

 

Tanya Stafford, Senior Cottage Training Technician, Hunterdon Developmental Center, Department of Human Services, removal effective November 24, 2010, on charges of physical or mental abuse of a client, verbal abuse of a patient, client, resident or employee, inappropriate physical contact or mistreatment of a client, improper conduct which violates common decency and gross sexual imposition such as touch, fondling, grabbing or assault, failure to perform duties, conduct unbecoming a public employee and other sufficient cause.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

A-15    THOMAS WHITLEY

 

Thomas Whitley, Correction Lieutenant, Northern State Prison, Department of Corrections, removal effective September 27, 2011, on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, other sufficient cause, falsification and violation of a rule, regulation, policy, procedure, or administrative decision.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

 

 

SECTION B - MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

 

B-1      ANTONIO COTTO

 

Antonio Cotto, a Senior Correction Officer with Northern State Prison, Department of Corrections, represented by Daniel Geddes, Esq., appeals the denial of sick leave injury (SLI) benefits.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-2      WARREN CUBBAGE

 

Warren Cubbage, a Senior Correction Officer at South Woods State Prison, Department of Corrections, appeals the denial of sick leave injury (SLI) benefits.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-3      ROBERT FUNDERBURK

 

Robert Funderburk, a Senior Correction Officer with New Jersey State Prison, Department of Corrections, represented by Donald C. Barbati, Esq., appeals the denial of sick leave injury (SLI) benefits.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission referred the appeal to the Medical Examiners Panel.

 

B-4      CHRISTOPHER PARRELL

 

Christopher Parrell, a Senior Correction Officer at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Department of Corrections, represented by Daniel Geddes, Esq., appeals the denial of sick leave injury (SLI) benefits.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-5      JOSEPH SOMMERS

 

Joseph Sommers, a Senior Correction Officer at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Department of Corrections, represented by Daniel Geddes, Esq., appeals the denial of sick leave injury (SLI) benefits.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-6      WILLIAM SNYDER

 

William Snyder, a Senior Parole Officer with the State Parole Board, represented by Joseph A. Carmen, Esq., appeals an order to submit to a psychological evaluation and his separation from duty, pending his compliance with the results of that evaluation.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-7      FRANK BRUNO

 

Frank Bruno, a Correction Sergeant, appeals an official written reprimand issued by the Department of Corrections.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-8      REBECCA TORNER

 

Rebecca Torner, a Senior Correction Officer at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, Department of Corrections, represented by Colin M. Lynch, Esq., appeals the denial of her grievance.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-9      MICHELLE ASPIS

 

Michelle Aspis, a former Keyboarding Clerk 2 with Holmdel Township, appeals the determination of her layoff rights by the Division of State and Local Operations.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-10    THADDEUS KLEPAC

 

Thaddeus Klepac, a former Public Information Officer with Upper Township, appeals his layoff, effective May 31, 2011.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-11    TEMPORARY LAYOFFS, JERSEY CITY

 

The Jersey City Supervisors Association on behalf of its members, represented by Ryan S. Carlson, Esq., requests relief from the Civil Service Commission regarding the temporary layoff of employees of Jersey City which took place on June 20, 2011.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-12    ROLANDO SANTIAGO

 

Rolando Santiago, a Police Officer with the City of Camden, represented by John P. Morris, Esq., seeks enforcement of the Civil Service Commission decision rendered on April 20, 2011, which awarded him counsel fees.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission ordered the City of Camden to pay Rolando Santiago $84,500 in counsel fees and $6,786.98 for costs.

 

B-13    SONYA KOPP

 

Sonya Kopp requests a retroactive effective date of the reclassification of her position from Environmental Specialist 1 to Environmental Specialist 2.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-14    ANTHONY TEZSLA

 

Anthony Tezsla, a Sergeant with the Division of State Police, Department of Law and Public Safety, requests restoration of prior State service in order for his personnel record to reflect continuous service.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-15    RHYS WORTHY

 

Ocean County requests that Rhys Worthy's experience be accepted to qualify him for a prospective lateral title change to the title of Supervisor, Roads.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

B-16    JENNIFER RYAN

 

The Department of Law and Public Safety requests that the provisions of N.J.A.C. 4A:4-1.1(c)2 be relaxed in order to permit it to promote Jennifer Ryan from the non-competitive title of Software Development Specialist Assistant to the competitive title of Accountant 2.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-17    KARI WUDARSKI

 

The Department of Law and Public Safety requests that the provisions of N.J.A.C. 4A:4-1.1(c)2 be relaxed in order to permit it to promote Kari Wudarski from the non-competitive title of Investigator 2 to the competitive title of Accountant 1.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-18    VERNON ALLEN

 

Vernon Allen, a former Motor Vehicle Operator 1 with the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home, Paramus, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, requests that the Civil Service Commission reinstate his appeal of his removal effective May 20, 2011, which was dismissed based on his failure to appear at his scheduled settlement conference.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be denied.

 

B-19    MELISSA BROWN

 

Montclair State University requests that the Civil Service Commission reinstate the appeal of Melissa Brown, a former Senior Building Maintenance Worker, of her appeal of her release at the end of the working test period effective May 8, 2011, which was dismissed based on Montclair's failure to appear at the scheduled settlement conference.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-20    HENRIQUE A. FERREIRA

 

Henrique A. Ferreira appeals the removal of his name from the Personnel Technician (M2176N), Jersey City, employment list due to his failure to respond to the Certification Notice.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-21    JANICE FISHBEIN

 

Janice Fishbein appeals the removal of her name from the Manager 1, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (PS9905N), Department of Labor and Workforce Development, eligible list due to her failure to meet the requirements of the position.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-22    CHRISTOPHER HOWLAND

 

Christopher Howland, represented by Jennifer Heiner Pisano, Esq., appeals the removal of his name from the eligible list for County Correction Officer (S9999K), Essex County, on the basis of an unsatisfactory criminal record.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-23    MARIANE LYCZAK

 

Mariane Lyczak appeals the removal of her name from the Supervising Auditor, Taxation (PS9876U), Department of the Treasury, employment list due to her failure to respond to the Certification Notice.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-24    MELVIN TORRES, JR.

 

Melvin Torres, Jr., represented by Carlos Andujar, Esq., appeals the decision of the Division of State and Local Operations which upheld the removal of his name from the Correction Officer Recruit (S9999K), Department of Corrections, eligible list due to his unsatisfactory background report and unsatisfactory employment record.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-25    STEVEN BAYRUNS

 

Steven Bayruns, represented by Christopher A. Gray Esq., appeals the decision of the Division of State and Local Operations which upheld the bypass of his name on two certifications of the Senior Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Public Health (PC1146K), Camden County eligible list.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-26    ROBIN MCPHAUL

 

Robin McPhaul appeals the determination of the Division of State and Local Operations that her position with Union County is properly classified as Personnel Assistant.  The appellant seeks a Senior Personnel Assistant classification.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied, and the matter of the proper classification of Michele Miller's position be referred to the Division of State and Local Operations for further review.

 

B-27    JUDITH MORROW

 

Judith Morrow appeals the decision of the Division of State and Local Operations that the proper classification of her position with the Department of Environmental Protection is Principal Environmental Specialist, Site Remediation.  The appellant seeks a Supervising Environmental Specialist, Site Remediation classification.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-28    ROSE D. RICHARDSON

 

Rose D. Richardson appeals the decision of the Division of State and Local Operations that the proper classification of her position with the Department of Law and Public Safety is Building Management Services Specialist 2.  The appellant seeks an Executive Assistant 3 classification.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-29    SUSAN RODRIGUEZ

 

Susan Rodriguez appeals the decision of the Division of State and Local Operations that the proper classification of her position with the Department of Children and Families is Senior Audit Account Clerk.  The appellant seeks a Fiscal Analyst classification.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted in part.

 

B-30    DIANE SEBASTIAN

 

Diane Sebastian appeals the decision of the Division of State and Local Operations that the proper classification of her position with the Department of Community Affairs is Technical Program Assistant.  The appellant seeks an Administrative Analyst 2 or Program Development Specialist 1 classification.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-31    TREVOR MELTON

 

Trevor Melton, an Education Program Development Specialist 2, Special Education, with the Department of Education, represented by Walter R. Bliss, Jr., Esq., appeals the determination of the Acting Commissioner, which found sufficient evidence that the appellant had violated the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted in part.

 

B-32    JOSEPH POTENA

 

Joseph Potena, a Manager 2, Fiscal Resources with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), appeals the determination of the President, BPU, which found that the appellant violated the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-33    ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK (C2038N), MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

Middlesex County requests permission not to make an appointment from the November 22, 2011 certification for Administrative Clerk (C2038N).

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission granted an appointment waiver and assessed selection costs in the amount of $2,048.

 

B-34    ASSISTANT CHIEF FISCAL OFFICER (S0137N), STATEWIDE

 

The Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, requests permission not to make an appointment from the October 3, 2011 certification for Assistant Chief Fiscal Officer (S0137N).

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission granted an appointment waiver and assessed no selection costs at this time.

 

B-35    COUNTY CORRECTION SERGEANT (PC2783L), HUDSON COUNTY

 

The Division of State and Local Operations requests that Hudson County be ordered to return the May 2, 2011 certification for County Correction Sergeant (PC2783L) for proper disposition.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission ordered the appointing authority to properly dispose of the certification and pay compliance costs in the amount of $1,000.

 

B-36    EQUIPMENT OPERATOR/MAINTENANCE REPAIRER (M2091N), LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP

 

Long Beach Township requests permission not to make an appointment from the August 16, 2011 certification for Equipment Operator/Maintenance Repairer (M2091N).

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission granted an appointment waiver and assessed selection costs in the amount of $2,048.

 

B-37    KEYBOARDING CLERK 3 (PC1003L), BURLINGTON COUNTY

 

Burlington County requests that the promotional list for Keyboarding Clerk 3 (PC1003L) be revived in order to make a permanent appointment from the list.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-38    MANAGER, PUBLIC PROPERTY (C0376M), HUDSON COUNTY

 

The appointing authority's failure to dispose of the certification for Manager, Public Property (C0376M), Hudson County, while provisionals are serving in the title, has been referred to the Civil Service Commission for enforcement.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission ordered the appointing authority to remove the provisional appointees, properly dispose of the certification and pay compliance costs.

 

B-39    PRINCIPAL ACCOUNT CLERK (M0615M), PARK RIDGE

 

Park Ridge requests permission not to make an appointment from the July 29, 2011 certification for Principal Account Clerk (M0615M).

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission granted an appointment waiver and assessed selection costs in the amount of $2,048.

 

B-40    PROJECT COORDINATOR, REDEVELOPMENT (M1011L), JERSEY CITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

 

The Division of State and Local Operations requests that the Civil Service Commission order the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency to return the April 21, 2011 certification of the eligible list for Project Coordinator, Redevelopment (M1011L) for proper disposition.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-41    JOSEPH ALLEN

 

The appeal of Joseph Allen, a Cottage Training Technician with North Jersey Developmental Center, Department of Human Services, of his removal, effective February 10, 2011, on charges, was heard by Administrative Law Judge Kimberly A. Moss (ALJ), who rendered her initial decision on January 24, 2012.  At its meeting on March 7, 2012, the Civil Service Commission (Commission) adopted the ALJ's recommendation to modify the removal to a 120 working day suspension.  However, the Commission found it necessary to address the exceptions and cross exceptions filed by the parties.  The proposed decision is now submitted for the Commission's review.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the decision.

 

B-42    JAMES GILLESPIE

 

The appeal of James Gillespie, a former Road Repairer with Cape May County, of his 120 calendar day suspension, on charges, was heard by Administrative Law Judge Bruce M. Gorman (ALJ), who rendered his initial decision on January 26, 2012.  At its meeting on March 7, 2012, the Civil Service Commission (Commission) did not adopt the ALJ's recommendation to modify the 120 calendar day suspension to a one-day suspension. Rather, the Commission remanded the matter to the Office of Administrative Law for further proceedings.  The proposed decision is now submitted for the Commission's review.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the decision.

 

B-43    STEPHANIE MYRICKS, ET AL.

 

The appeals of Stephanie Myricks, a former Senior Account Clerk, Waddell Jefferson, a former Code Enforcement Officer, and Adrienne Anderson, a former Recreation Leader, with Willingboro, of the good faith of their layoffs, effective August 9, 2010, for reasons of economy and efficiency, were heard by Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola (ALJ), who rendered her initial decision on January 24, 2012.  At its meeting on March 7, 2012, the Civil Service Commission (Commission) adopted the ALJ's recommendation to uphold the layoffs.  However, the Commission found it necessary to address the exceptions and cross exceptions filed by the parties.  The proposed final decision is now submitted for the Commission's review.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the final decision.

 

B-44    BERNARD SMALL

 

The appeal of Bernard Small, a Senior Building Maintenance Worker with New Jersey City University, Department of Higher Education, of his removal, effective March 16, 2011, on charges, was heard by Administrative Law Judge Leslie Z. Celentano (ALJ), who rendered her initial decision on January 13, 2012.  At its meeting on March 7, 2012, the Civil Service Commission (Commission) adopted the ALJ's recommendation to uphold the removal.  However, the Commission found it necessary to address the exceptions and cross exceptions filed by the parties.  The proposed final decision is now submitted for the Commission's review.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the final decision.

 

B-45    CORNELIUS BARKER

 

Cornelius Barker petitions the Civil Service Commission for reconsideration of its decision rendered on July 27, 2011 in which the Commission determined that Mr. Barker was ineligible for the Assistant Director of Social Rehabilitation Services (PC0147N), Hudson County, promotional examination.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be denied.

 

B-46    ISAIAH KNOWLDEN

 

The Department of Human Services, represented by Christopher J. Hamner, Deputy Attorney General, requests reconsideration of the Civil Service Commission decision rendered on October 5, 2011, which modified the removal of Isaiah Knowlden, a Human Services Assistant with Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, to a six-month suspension.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request for reconsideration be granted, but it affirmed the prior decision to modify the penalty.

 

B-47    RAMON RAMOS

 

Ramon Ramos, a Police Officer with the City of Passaic, requests reconsideration of the decision rendered on May 18, 2011, which found that his appeals of the good faith of his layoff and the determination of his title rights by the Division of State and Local Operations were untimely.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request for reconsideration be denied.

 

B-48    SUSAN SPIRIDIGLIOZZI

 

Susan Spiridigliozzi, represented by Robert O. Yaeger, Principal Staff Representative, CWA Local 1034, requests reconsideration of the decision of the Civil Service Commission, rendered on November 22, 2011, which found that the effective date of reclassification of her position from Medical Services Assistant to Medical Records Technician was January 30, 2010.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request for reconsideration be denied.

 

B-49    TOWNSHIP OF JACKSON TEMPORARY LAYOFFS

 

The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Local 225, Branch 4, on behalf of its members, represented by Jeffrey R. Caccese, Esq., petitions for reconsideration of the final decision rendered on June 15, 2011, which denied its appeal of the temporary layoffs of employees in the Township of Jackson of 48 days, beginning January 7, 2011 and ending December 30, 2011.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this request for reconsideration be denied.

 

B-50    EVELYN ACOSTA

 

Evelyn Acosta appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services that, per the substitution clause for education, she did not meet the experience requirement for the promotional examination for Personnel Assistant 2 (PS1384K), Department of Human Services.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-51    SALAH M. ALI

 

Salah M. Ali appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that he did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Senior Technician, Management Information Systems (PS4509K), Department of Human Services.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-52    TIERRA L. ARMSTRONG, ET AL.

 

Tierra L. Armstrong, Alice M. Tozzi, and Heidy Vega appeal the determinations of the Division of Selection Services which found that they did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Personnel Aide 1 (PS3029K), Department of Children and Families.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that these appeals be denied.

 

B-53    KYTRIA FAISON AND ELIZABETH LORENZO

 

Kytria Faison and Elizabeth Lorenzo appeal the determinations of the Division of Selection Services which found that they were below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Coordinator of Contractual Operations (PC0683N), Essex County.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that these appeals be granted.

 

 

B-54    STEVEN T. HIPPS

 

Steven T. Hipps appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that he did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Management Information Systems (MIS) Coordinator (PS3849H), Department of Health and Senior Services.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-55    CONNIE JANOWSKI

 

Connie Janowski appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Keyboarding Clerk 2 (PM0546N), Woodbridge Township.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-56    PATSY P. LOUKIDES

 

Patsy P. Loukides appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that she did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Chief, Contract Administration Section (PS3668I), State Parole Board.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-57    JAMES C. MITCHELL, III

 

James C. Mitchell, III appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that he did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Senior Technician, Management Information Systems (PS4509K), Department of Human Services.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-58    CRYSTAL RAUPP

 

Crystal Raupp appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Social Work Supervisor 1, Secured Facilities (PS2592I), Department of Corrections.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-59    MELODY TAMBUSSI

 

Melody Tambussi appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that she did not meet the open-competitive requirements for the promotional examination for Senior Clerk Transcriber (PS5245G), Department of Environmental Protection.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-60    JOANNA WERNER

 

Joanna Werner appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that she did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Technical Assistant 3 (PS3426G), Department of Environmental Protection.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-61    ERIC P. WOJCIECHOWSKI

 

Eric P. Wojciechowski appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that he did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Supervisor Public Works (PM0214N), Seaside Park.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be granted.

 

B-62    VIRGIL DOWTIN III

 

Virgil Dowtin III appeals his score for the promotional examination for Chief of Investigations (PS3649L), Department of Law and Public Safety.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-63    SALARY REGULATIONS: FY 2011, SUPPLEMENT 1; FY 2012, SUPPLEMENT 1

 

Submitted for the Civil Service Commission's review are the Salary Regulations for Fiscal Year 2011, Supplement 1; and FY 2012, Supplement 1.  These pertain to the addition of the title of Principal Engineer, Mechanical (16894), to the list of titles in which incumbent employees are eligible to serve as Residents on construction projects for the Department of Transportation.  "Resident" is defined in the Salary Regulations.  The Salary Regulations have been approved by Robert M. Czech, Chair/CEO, Civil Service Commission, and Charlene M. Holzbaur, Director, Office of Management and Budget.  It is recommended that the Commission record these Salary Regulations.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission recorded the regulations.

 

B-64    PROPOSED AMENDMENT: N.J.A.C. 4A:3-4.10, DEMOTIONAL PAY ADJUSTMENTS: STATE SERVICE

 

Submitted for the Commission's approval is a Notice of Adoption of a proposed amendment to N.J.A.C. 4A:3-4.10, Demotional pay adjustments:  State service.  The proposed amendment would delete language prohibiting an employee from receiving a "salary advantage" in certain voluntary demotional situations and replace it with a statement prohibiting the rule to be used to gain a "salary increase," unless one of two exceptions is met.  A further change to the rule would prevent some individuals from "gaming" the system by taking a demotion after serving only four months in a title in order to receive a higher salary than the employee had earned when previously serving in the demotional title.  No comments were received during the public comment period.  Therefore, it is recommended that this proposal be adopted without change. 

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the amendment.

 

B-65    PROPOSED AMENDMENT: N.J.A.C. 4A:4-7.1A,

            INTERGOVERNMENTAL TRANSFERS

 

Submitted for the Commission's approval is a Notice of Adoption of a proposed amendment to N.J.A.C. 4A:4-7.1A, Intergovernmental transfers.  The amendment would expand the time frame, to one year from the current 90 days, within which a laid-off civil service employee may receive an intergovernmental transfer.  Additionally, N.J.A.C. 4A:4-7.1A(b)1 would be changed, in light of the new New Jersey residency law, to state that a civilian transferring employee will be subject to the law if the employee has been laid off for a period of more than seven days.  No amendment regarding residency is necessary for police and fire positions because these are already subject to a New Jersey residency requirement.  No comments were received during the public comment period.  Therefore, it is recommended that this proposal be adopted without change. 

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the amendment.

 

B-66    CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MINUTES

 

Submitted for adoption are the Civil Service Commission minutes of its meeting of March 7, 2012.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the minutes of its meeting of March 7, 2012.

 

B-67    The Division of State and Local Operations requests the inactivation of 78 titles used by various local government jurisdictions.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION:         The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

 

B-68    The Department of Law and Public Safety requests the restructuring and renaming of its existing attorney titles, title consolidation and elimination, and the establishment of single rate titles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION:         The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted.

 

B-69    LABORER, DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD AND RECREATIONAL SERVICES, NEWARK

 

Newark's failure to comply with the agency's determination of title rights for the title of Laborer in the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services for the December 23, 2010 layoff is before the Civil Service Commission for review.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission ordered Newark to immediately separate three employees and provide relevant information to this agency.

 

B-70    2011 FIRE CAPTAIN EXAMINATION, CITY OF LINDEN

 

The Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association, Local 234, represented by Craig Gumpel, Esq., appeals the decision by the Division of Selection Services to permit the City of Linden to opt out of the 2011 Fire Captain promotional examination process.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied.

 

B-71    ADOPTED AMENDMENT: N.J.A.C. 4A:4-4.8, DISPOSITION OF A CERTIFICATION

 

Submitted for the Civil Service Commission's (Commission) approval is a Notice of Adoption to amend N.J.A.C. 4A:4-4.8, Disposition of a certification.  The proposed amendment would delete paragraph (b)4 of the rule, which now provides that, in disposing of a certification of an eligible list under the "rule of three," an appointing authority must provide a statement of reasons to the Commission as to why an appointee was selected instead of a higher-ranked eligible, or an eligible in the same rank due to a tied score.  The amendment deleting the requirement of a statement of reasons is proposed in light of the recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision in In the Matter of Nicholas R. Foglio, Fire Fighter (M2246D), Ocean City, 207 N.J. 38 (2011), and also due to the fact that the provision has not fulfilled its function of ensuring merit-based appointments.  Ten comments were received during the comment period; one comment expressed support for the proposal, while the remaining comments expressed opposition to the proposal.  However, for the reasons explained in the Notice of Adoption, it is recommended that this proposal be adopted without change. 

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the amendment.

 

B-72    SHANNON DALTON, ET. AL.

 

Shannon Dalton, Kelly Glenn, Ernie Guia, Janet Hoesly, Christopher Myers, Elizabeth Rosenthal, Dulce Sulit-Villamor, Megan Timmins, and John Tartaglia appeal the determination of the Office of Classification and Compensation in the Division of State and Local Operations denying their request to have the education requirements of the Personnel & Labor Analyst title series revised to require a Juris Doctorate degree for all titles above Trainee and to have the class codes of those titles commensurately increased to reflect the proposed revision.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this matter be held over.

VOTE:           Robert M. Czech                   (Recused- the appellants are CSC employees)

                      Thomas J. Perna                  (Yes)

                      Richard E. Williams             (Yes)

 

B - 73  SHANNON DALTON, ET. AL.

 

Shannon Dalton, Cheryl Gane, Kelly Glenn, Ernie Guia, Janet Hoesly, Christopher Myers, Elizabeth Rosenthal, Bob Schremser, Dulce Sulit-Villamor, John Tartaglia, and Megan Timmins appeal the determination of the Office of Classification and Compensation in the Division of State and Local Operations which determined that the Personnel & Labor Analyst title series was not entitled to an increased salary range.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this matter be held over.

VOTE:           Robert M. Czech                   (Recused- the appellants are CSC employees)

                      Thomas J. Perna                 (Yes)

                      Richard E. Williams            (Yes)

                       

There being no further business before the Civil Service Commission, the meeting was adjourned to convene on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

 
 
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