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

 

Ida L. Castro, Chairwoman
Flavella Branham
Josephine DiRienzo
Margaret E.L. Howard
Robert J. Long

A regular meeting of the Merit System Board was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 , in Trenton , New Jersey .

PRESENT: Chairwoman Ida L. Castro, Merit System Board Members, Flavella Branham, Josephine DiRienzo, Margaret E. L. Howard and Robert J. Long; Lisa Ruch, Deputy Attorney General; and Henry Maurer, Director, Division of Merit System Practices and Labor Relations.

In accordance with L.1975, c.231, Chairwoman Ida L. Castro 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 December 11, 2003, and posted at the Department of Personnel, 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

All actions were by unanimous vote unless otherwise specified.
STATE

The Merit System Board recorded the recommended changes in the State Classification Plan, copies of which are attached hereto and made a part hereof.

DATE: March 17, 2004

TO: Ida L. Castro, Commissioner

Department of Personnel

FROM: Elizabeth Van Marter, Director

Human Resource Management

SUBJECT: Change in the State Classification Plan

LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY AND GENERAL TITLES

The Department of Law and Public Safety requests the establishment of several intermittent titles for use by the New Jersey Racing Commission.

These titles are requested for staff performing inspection and veterinary functions at the four (4) racetracks managed by the New Jersey Racing Commission. These functions are currently classified by Temporary Employment Service (TES) titles, which are restricted to a specific number of working hours per fiscal year. However, the demands, working hours and schedules of these seasonal functions are such that the TES designation is no longer appropriate. Staff will exceed this limit before the end of the fiscal year, yet their services are still required. The Racing Commission has experienced difficulty in recruiting individuals to perform these duties considering the salary and work hours, and wishes to retain committed staff. Full-time, year-round positions are not warranted.

ADDITION OF INTERMITTENT TITLES

Effective: 01/24/04
Intermittent Inspector Animal Health
I11-_____ Unclassified C 35/12

Intermittent Inspector 1, New Jersey Racing Commission
R20-_____ Unclassified C 40/12

Intermittent Inspector 2, New Jersey Racing Commission
I16-_____ Unclassified C 40/12

Intermittent Veterinarian
P26-_____ Competitive * NL/12

Intermittent Senior Veterinarian
P29-_____ Competitive * NL/12

DATE: March 17, 2004

TO: Ida L. Castro, Commissioner
Department of Personnel

FROM: Elizabeth Van Marter, Director
Human Resource Management

SUBJECT: Change in the Classification Plan

GENERAL

The Juvenile Justice Commission requests the addition of a new workweek for the title of Substance Abuse Assistant.

The Commission operates three residential community program facilities serving substance abuse clients. These facilities are staffed on an around-the-clock basis. The Commission currently uses the title of Youth Worker, because the 40-hour workweek designation permits them to have three, eight-hour shifts. The Commission maintains that Substance Abuse Assistant is a more appropriate title, but is unable to use it without incurring continuous overtime. The requested workweek will provide the Commission with the capability to appropriately classify incumbents and address scheduling requirements.

ADDITION OF WORKWEEK

Effective: 03/20/04
Substance Abuse Assistant
H15-_____ Competitive * 40/12

SECTION A - HEARING MATTERS

A-1 SETTLEMENTS

In the Matter of Ayodele Akinola
Woodbridge Developmental Center
Department of Human Services
Release at the end of the working test period

In the Matter of Salvatore Biondo
County of Passaic
Sheriff's Department
Layoff and demotion
In the Matter of Shavon Coe
Division of State Police
Department of Law and Pubic Safety
Suspensions

In the Matter of Herbert Dixon
Juvenile Justice Commission
Removal

In the Matter of Thomas Floyd
Town of Kearny
Police Department
Suspensions (2)

In the Matter of Roger Green
Department of Transportation
Removal
In the Matter of Gladys Luder-Burley
County of Burlington
Buttonwood Hospital
Suspensions (3)

In the Matter of Eugene Parks
AC Wagner Youth Correctional Facility
Department Corrections
Suspension


In the Matter of William Roberts
Division of Taxation
Department of Treasury
Demotion

In the Matter of Luis Roman
East Jersey State Prison
Department of Corrections
Suspension

In the Matter of Robert Totten, Jr.
County of Monmouth
Department of Corrections and Youth Services
Removal

In the Matter of Wayne Truex
Township of Lakewood
Police Department
Suspension
In the Matter of Andrew Wilkinson
State of New Jersey Judiciary
Essex Vicinage
Release at the end of the working test period

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

ACTION: The Merit System Board acknowledged the settlements with the exception of Thomas Floyd, which was held over.

A-2 BERGEN COUNTY LAYOFF

Several of employees of Bergen County in various titles and department appealed the good faith of their layoff effective April 17, 2003 , for reasons of economy and efficiency. It is noted that prior to hearing, most appellants withdrew their appeals. This initial decision concerns the remaining appellant, Edward M. Norwich, Assistant County Tax Administrator.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the good faith layoff of Edward M. Norwich.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-3 ROBIN DOLLSON

Robin Dollson, Truck Driver, Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections, 15-day suspension on the charge of chronic or excessive absenteeism.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Reverse the suspension.

ACTION: The Merit System Board modified the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge to uphold a ten-day suspension.

A-4 CHAKIRAH LANDEROS

Chakirah Landeros, Human Services Assistant, Greenbrook Regional Center , Department of Human Services, release at the end of the working test period effective October 29, 2002 ,

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the release at the end of the working test period.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-5 DESMOND LEIGH

Desmond Leigh, Grounds Worker, Montclair State University , seven-day suspension on the charge of neglect of duty.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the seven-day suspension.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-6 GEORGE MOORE

George Moore, Police Officer, City of Jersey City, Police Department, 30-day suspension on charges of insubordination including courtesy, truthfulness lawful orders and cooperation.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the 30-day suspension.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-7 GIL PANGANIBAN

Gil Panganiban, Security Guard, County of Morris, Department of Public Work, ten-day suspension on charges of incompetence, inefficiency, or failure to perform duties, inability to perform duties and neglect of duty.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the ten-day suspension.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-8 TOMMASO POPOLIZIO AND JOHNNY V. BANKS (CONSOLIDATION)

Tommaso Popolizio and Johnny V. Banks, Police Officers, City of Newark, Police Department, 30-day suspensions on charges of violations of Newark Police Department rules regarding conduct and false statements, conduct unbecoming a public employee and other sufficient cause.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the 30-day suspensions.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-9 ORLANDO WRIGHT

Orlando Wright, Judiciary Clerk 2, Judiciary, six-day suspension on the charge of conduct unbecoming a public employee.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Modify the six-day suspension to a ten-day suspension.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-10 CHARLES BRITTINGHAM

Charles Brittingham, Campus Police Officer, The College of New Jersey, removal effective August 27, 2002 , on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, misuse of public property and other sufficient cause.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-11 JOSE DA SILVA

Jose Da Silva, Police Officer, City of Newark, Police Department, removal effective October 22, 1999, on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee and violation of Police Department rules regarding criminal law, conduct bound by law, neglect of duty, knowledge of crime, report of a crime, responsibility for own actions and misuse of official position.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

ACTION: The Merit System Board remanded the matter to the Office of Administrative Law.

A-12 PAUL DI MARTINO

Paul DiMartino, Senior Correction Officer, Juvenile Justice Commission, Department of Law and Public Safety, removal effective October 19, 2002, on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee and violation of rules regarding inappropriate physical contact or mistreatment of an inmate, patient, client, resident or employee, and failure to report injury, abuse, or accident involving inmates, residents, patients, or clients.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Modify the removal to a 30-day suspension.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

VOTE: Ida L. Castro (Yes)
Flavella Branhan (Yes)
Josephine DiRienzo (Yes)
Margaret E. L. Howard (Abstained)
Robert J. Long (Yes) A-13 WILLA HOGAN

Willa Hogan, Victim Witness Counselor, County of Essex , Prosecutor's Office, removal effective October 21, 2002 , on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, neglect of duty and other sufficient cause.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-14 ALFRED WADE

Alfred Wade, Senior Correction Officer, Riverfront State Prison, Department of Corrections, removal effective October 17, 2000, on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, and violation of rules regarding improper or unauthorized contact with inmates, undue familiarity with inmates, parolees, their families or friends and violation of a rule, regulation, policy, procedure, order or administrative decision.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

A-15 ERIC BLAIR

Eric Blair, Human Services Technician, Ancora Psychiatric Hospital , Department of Human Services, removal effective April 23, 2002 , on charges of violation of a policy, misuse of position and conduct unbecoming a public employee.

This matter was previously presented to the Merit System Board at its regular meeting of February 25, 2004 .

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removal.

ACTION: The Merit System Board affirmed the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge.

SECTION B - MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

B-1 MICHAEL S. KAVANAGH

Michael S. Kavanagh appeals his rejection as a Sheriff's Officer candidate by the County of Monmouth and its request to remove his name from the eligible list for Sheriff's Officer (S9999D) on the basis of psychological unfitness to perform effectively the duties of the position.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-2 RAHSHAN MURPHY

Rahshan Murphy appeals the removal of his name from the eligible list for the title of Correction Officer Recruit (S9999D), Department of Corrections, on the basis of psychological unfitness.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-3 JASON RIGBY

Jason Rigby, represented by David J. DeFillippo, Esq., appeals his rejection as a Police Officer candidate by the Township of Woodbridge and its request to remove his name from the eligible list for Police Officer (S9999D) on the basis of psychological unfitness to perform effectively the duties of the position.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-4 LEWIS B. ROBBINS, III

Lewis B. Robbins, III, represented by Kevin P. McCann, Esq., appeals his rejection as a Correction Officer Recruit candidate by the Department of Corrections and its request to remove his name from the eligible list for Correction Officer Recruit (S9999D) on the basis of psychological unfitness to perform effectively the duties of the position.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-5 SARAH WEILER

Sarah Weiler appeals her rejection as a County Correction Officer by Morris County and its request to remove her name from the eligible list for County Correction Officer (S9999D) on the basis of medical unfitness to perform effectively the duties of the position.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-6 JESUS RODRIGUEZ

Jesus Rodriguez, a Field Monitor 2, Division of Motor Vehicles, with the Motor Vehicle Commission, appeals the denial of sick leave injury (SLI) benefits.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-7 BARRY WAINWRIGHT

Barry Wainwright, a Head Nurse 12 months, with the Ancora Psychiatric Hospital , Department of Human Services (DHS), appeals the denial of sick leave injury (SLI) benefits.

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted a hearing.

B-8 DARREN WEIR

Darren Weir, a Maintenance Worker 1 with the Department of Transportation, represented by Robert S. Sirota, Esq., appeals the denial of sick leave (SLI) benefits.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-9 ROBERT BOYLE

Robert Boyle appeals the decision of Passaic County to remove his name from the Sheriff's Officer (S9999B), Passaic County eligible list due to his failure to respond to a Notice of Certification.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-10 VICTOR LANGSTON

Victor Langston appeals the decision of Passaic County to remove his name from the Sheriff's Officer (S9999B), Passaic County eligible list due to his failure to respond to a Notice of Certification.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-11 JENO RAB, JR.

Jeno Rab, Jr., appeals the decision of Human Resource Information Services (HRIS), which found that each of the respective appointing authorities had presented a sufficient basis to remove his name from the County Correction Officer (S9999D), Warren County ; County Correction Officer (S9999D), Sussex County ; and Correction Officer Recruit (S9999D), Juvenile Justice Commission eligible lists.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-12 MICHAEL KHAN

Michael Kahn, a Police Officer with the City of Ventnor , represented by Kenneth L. Wallach, Esq., requests a hearing regarding his dismissal from the Atlantic County Police Training Center on February 2, 2004 .

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted a hearing.

B-13 MARK WILLIAMS

The Division of Human Resource Management petitions the Merit System Board for acknowledgement of the settlement agreement between Mark Williams and the City of Garfield as outlined in the Order of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

ACTION: The Merit System Board acknowledged the settlement.

B-14 DONNA REUTER

Donna Reuter, a former Senior Tax Clerk with the City of North Wildwood , represented by Jim Mulholland, Senior Staff Representative, CWA Local 1034, appeals her resignation in good standing.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-15 DATA PROCESSING COORDINATOR (C6048E), COUNTY OF WARREN

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Data Processing Coordinator (C6048E), County of Warren .

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request for an appointment waiver but assessed costs.

B-16 DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, TOWNSHIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS

Douglas Hansen, Esq., on behalf of the Township of Scotch Plains , petitions the Merit System Board for reconsideration of the decision rendered on November 19, 2003 , which denied its request for a waiver of appointment from the certification for Director of Finance (M6593C).

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request.

B-17 LUIS FIGUEROA

Luis Figueroa petitions the Merit System Board (Board) for reconsideration of the final administrative determination, rendered October 22, 2003 , upholding the petitioner's removal from the eligible list for Police Officer (S9999D), City of Passaic on the basis of an unsatisfactory background report.

ACTION: The Merit System Board denied the request for reconsideration.

B-18 DIANE ATTANASIO AND ESSAM HANANI

Diane Attanasio and Essam Hanani, Public Health Representatives 3, Communicable Diseases, with Hunterdon County , represented by John Seiler, Staff Representative, CWA Local 1034, petitions the Merit System Board for relief related to the involuntary reduction in their workweek from July 1, 2003 to August 18, 2003 .

ACTION: The Merit System Board ordered Hunterdon County to pay Diane Attanasio the gross amount of $163.59 and Essam Hanani the gross amount of $134.61 in differential back pay.

B-19 ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP LIBRARY

Morris Council No. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, and the AFL-CIO, represented by Craig Gumpel, Esq., requests that the Merit System Board review the vacation and sick leave entitlement of employees employed by the Rockaway Township Library and the definition of part-time employee.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that the leave time of full-time and part-time employees be adjusted. The Merit System Board defines part-time employee in this case as an employee working less than 35 hours a week.

B-20 WILLIAM BABUSCHAK

William Babuschak appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examinations for Assistant Superintendent of Public Property (PM1537D), Superintendent of Public Property (PM1669D), General Supervisor, Roads (PM1563D), and Road Superintendent (PM1618D), Hamilton Township .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.
B-21 WILLIAM L. BAEDER

William L. Baeder appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Coordinator, Health Projects 3 (C3055E), Salem County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-22 JENNIFER BARANKIN

Jennifer Barankin appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Parole Counselor, State Parole Board (S2032D).

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-23 JASON R. BECKER, ET AL.

Jason R. Becker, Wendy M. Bowers, Paul Carlisi, Linda M. Demchik, Joseph Ferrigine, Jeffrey R. Gourley, Annie R. Harle, Emmanuel Holmes, Clifford H. Jones, Seth D. Newrock, Douglas K. Ridgway, Juan J. Rodriguez, Julia B. Schlotzhauer, and Eric R. Steiner appeal the determinations of the Division of Selection Services, which found that they did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Construction and Maintenance Technician 5 (S6689E), Department of Transportation.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-24 AMELIA M. BELANGER

Amelia M. Belanger appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Social Worker 2, Corrections (S0214E).

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-25 ROSEMARY P. BOGACZ, ET AL.

Rosemary P. Bogacz, Gary Mitnaul and Rose D. (Hawkins) Richardson appeal the determinations of the Division of Selection Services, which found that they did not meet the education and/or experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Executive Assistant 3 (S6697E).

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-26 LYNN J. BRICE

Lynn J. Brice appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Human Services Specialist 1 (C0490E), Union County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-27 RONALD BROWN AND MARY PARKER

Ronald Brown and Mary Parker appeal the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that they did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Senior Therapy Program Assistant (PS4557K), New Lisbon Developmental Center .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-28 LOIS CHISMAR, ET AL.

Lois Chismar, Nancy Colt, Terri Herk, Lori Lynn, Elizabeth McCarthy, Nancy Rogal and Karen Takeuchi appeal the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that they were below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Supervisor 3 Division of Motor Vehicles (PS5244T), Department of Transportation.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-29 JOHN CIPRIANO, ET AL.

John Cipriano, Paul Melohis, Cynthia Chidley, Gregory Steen, Laurel Stokes, Neete Dhopeshwarker, Georgianna Bonsanto, Chris Frederickson, Thomas Roosa, Charles Davis and John Tidd 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 Project Manager, Data Processing, OIT (PS6046U), Office of Information Technology.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be granted.

B-30 ALLEN COHEN

Scott R. MacFadden, Business Administrator, Township of Brick , on behalf of Alan Cohen appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that, per the substitution clause for education, he did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Program Coordinator, Special Events (PM1748D), Township of Brick .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-31 ELIZABETH CONRAD

Elizabeth Conrad appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Social Worker 2 Corrections (PS6552I), Department of Corrections.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-32 KAREN CORNISH

Karen Cornish appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Head Procurement Clerk (PS7837K), New Lisbon Developmental Center .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-33 MICHAEL C. DAVENPORT AND ARTHUR S. GALLIN

Michael S. Davenport and Arthur S. Gallin appeal the decisions of the Division of Selection Services, which found that they did not meet the education requirements for the promotional examination for Section Supervisor, Fiscal Resources (PS5791R), Board of Public Utilities.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-34 MARY DICKERSON

Mary Dickerson appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that, per the substitution clause for education, she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Administrative Assistant 2 (PS8098H), Department of Health and Senior Services.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-35 ROBERT FOWLER AND RALPH SHEETS

Robert Fowler and Ralph Sheets appeal the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that they did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Supervisor of Professional/Residential Services (PS8241K), Woodbine Developmental Center .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-36 STACY FYSZ

Stacy Fysz appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the residency requirements for the open competitive examinations for Management Specialist (M6863D) and (M6295B), Administrative Analyst (M6625C), and Senior Administrative Analyst (M6758D), City of Trenton.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-37 RUSSELL GILBERT

Russell Gilbert appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Engineer in Charge of Maintenance 2 (PS6087I), Mid-State Correctional Facility.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-38 BIANCA D. GODOY

Bianca D. Godoy appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services which found that per the substitution clause for education, she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Social Work Supervisor (PC1642C), Cape May County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this matter be held over.

B-39 HEATHER L. HANKS

Heather L. Hanks appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Management Assistant (PC1060D), Hudson County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-40 TRACEY HENRY

Tracey Henry appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for a qualifying examination for the title of Guardianship Services Specialist 2, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Human Services.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-41 MNNIE HICKS

Minnie Hicks appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services that found that she did not meet the educational and experience requirements for the promotional examination for Technician Management Information Systems (PS6854K), Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-42 JOSEPH KLAMA

Joseph Klama appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Institutional Trade Instructor 2, Cooking (S6683E).

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-43 ALEXIS F. LUNA

Alexis F. Luna appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Human Services Specialist 1 (C0490E), Union County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-44 MICHAEL MARINO

Michael Marino appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Locksmith (M6141D), Vineland City .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-45 LOUIS N. MARONE, JR.

Louis N. Marone, Jr., appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that as per the substitution clause for education, he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Paralegal Specialist (C0051D), Bergen County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-46 DENNIS MARTIN

Dennis Martin appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Plumber (C6962E), Ocean County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-47 NEIL MCMULLEN, ET AL.

Neil McMullen, Mary Vetter, Juan Medina, Archana Bhatia, Michael Lombardi, Jennifer Baltera, and Richard Labaw 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 Project Manager, Data Processing OIT (PS6046U), Office of Information Technology.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-48 JOSEPH NARDONE

Joseph Nardone, represented by Arnold Shep Cohen, Esq., appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Storekeeper 2 (PS6570K), Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-49 MARY JANE NORTHEY

Mary Jane Northey appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Institutional Coordinator Foster Grandparent Program (PS7434K), Department of Human Services.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-50 TISHANDA T. PAGE

Tishanda T. Page appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the education and experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Executive Assistant (M6802D), Jersey City .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-51 CELIA R. PEDRO

Celia R. Pedro appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that, per the substitution clause for education, she did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Executive Assistant 3 (S6697E).

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-52 ROBIN L. PERKINS

Robin L. Perkins petitions the Merit System Board for reconsideration of its final administrative decision in I/M/O Lorna J. Abdullah, et al. , Driver Improvement Analyst 2 (PS2368T) and Driver Improvement Analyst 3 (PS2369T), Department of Transportation (Merit System Board, decided May 28, 2003), which found that she lacked the experience requirements for the Driver Improvement Analyst 3 (DIA 3) title.

ACTION: The Merit System Board denied the request for reconsideration.

B-53 SUSAN PETTIGRANO

Susan Pettigrano appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Recreation Program Specialist (M0377E), West Milford .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-54 CURTIS PIERCE

Curtis Pierce appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Operating Engineer, Heating and Air Conditioning (S6658E).

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-55 DARLENE RIGAZIO

Darlene Rigazio 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 Assistant Chief Clerk (PC0608E), Cape May County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-56 ANTHONY SARLO

Anthony Sarlo appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that, per the substitution clause for education, he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Instructor Counselor (PS7106I), Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-57 MARGARET STOFIK

Margaret Stofik petitions the Merit System Board for reconsideration of the decision rendered on April 9, 2003 , which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Supervisor Standards and Procedures (PS3596K), Division of Youth and Family Services.

ACTION: The Merit System Board denied the request.

B-58 ANNA TORRES

Anna Torres appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the education requirements for the open competitive examination for Family Service Worker, Bilingual in Spanish and English (C0154D), Essex County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-59 CHRISTINA VALLA

Christina Valla appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the qualifying examination for Identification Officer, Southern State Correctional Facility.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-60 KEVIN WHITE

Kevin White appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examinations for Assistant Superintendent of Public Property (PM1537D) and Superintendent of Public Property (PM1669D), Hamilton Township .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-61 ZARIFA WILSON

Zarifa Wilson appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services that found that she did not meet the license requirement for the open competitive examination for Fire Specialist (M9140E), Newark .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-62 RICHARD ZAUNER

Richard Zauner appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Apiarist (S6653E), Department of Agriculture.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-63 ANDREW BLAIR

Andrew Blair, represented by Thomas P. Gallagher, Esq., appeals his score on the promotional examination for Program Assistant, Division of Developmentally Disabled (PS3247K), Woodbine Developmental Center .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-64 ANTHONY GALIOTO

Anthony Galioto appeals his score on the examination for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3586D), Bloomfield.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-65 CHARLES GREENWOOD

Charles Greenwood appeals his seniority score for the promotional examination for Sheriff's Officer Sergeant (PC2633D), Camden County .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted.

B-66 BRIAN MUEHE

Brian Muehe appeals his score on the examination for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3588D), Irvington .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted in part.

B-67 VIVIAN MITCHELL AND JOANNE PETTY

Vivian Mitchell and Joanne Petty appeal their scores on the promotional examination for Mortality Coding Clerk 1 (S3403H0, Department of Health and Senior Services.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-68 ROBERT PENN

Robert Penn appeals his score on the examination for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3586D), Bloomfield.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-69 JAMES ROCKLEIN

James Rocklien appeals his score on the examination for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3588E), Irvington .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-70 JOHN SCANGERELLO

John Scangrello appeals his score on the examination for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3520E), Passaic .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-71 DANIEL TAMBURILLA

Daniel Tamburilla appeals his score for the oral component, and contents that a make-up candidate had knowledge of test content prior to taking the examination for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3591C), Atlantic City .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-72 JOHN TIERNEY

John Tierney appeals his score on the examination for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3588D), Irvington .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-73 RICHARD TRONCONE

Richard Troncone appeals his score for the open-competitive examination for the "dual" title of Building Maintenance Worker/Security Guard (M6244E), East Orange .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-74 NICHOLAS VARANELLI

Nicolas Varanelli appeals his score on the examination for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3589D), Orange .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-75 MORRIS GLOVER

Morris Glover requests a make-up examination for the promotional examination for Police Lieutenant (PM2557C), City of Camden .

ACTION: The Merit System Board denied the request.

B-76 GERALDINE RUGGIERO

Geraldine Ruggiero appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services denying her request for a make-up examination for Supervisor 1 (PS6151M), The Judiciary.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-77 JOANN THOMPSON STREET

Joann Thompson Street appeals the test administration of the promotional examination for Program Support Specialist 1 (Assistance Programs) (PS8428K), Division of Youth and Family Services.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-78 STEVEN PALAMARA

Steven Palamara, represented by Patrick P. Toscano, Jr., Esq., appeals the decision of Selection Services, which upheld his disqualification from the promotional examination process for Police Chief (PM3563E), Township of Irvington , based on an adverse employment record.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

VOTE: Ida L. Castro (Yes)
Flavella Branhan (Abstained)
Josephine DiRienzo (Yes)
Margaret E. L. Howard (Yes)
Robert J. Long (Yes) B-79 SHARON WALLACE

Sharon Wallace appeals a variety of issues concerning the examination for Senior Environmental Engineer (Air Pollution Control) (PS2081G), Department of Environmental Protection.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-80 ROBERT DECZYNSKI, ET AL.

Robert Deczynski, George Farley, Paul Jamolawicz, Anthony Larino (PM2561E), Bayonne; Robert Capece (PM2562E), Belleville; Glenn Wiegand (PM2563E), Bloomfield; George Baumann (PM2566E), Freehold; Richard Buzby (PM2574E), Little Egg Harber Township, Paul Hafner (PM2575E), Long Beach Township; William Colangelo (PM2577E), Middletown Township; Daniel Sienkiewicz (PM2582E), Passaic; Allen Bloodgood, David Kendrick and Robert Brady (PM2595E), Woodbridge; appeal the written examination for Police Lieutenant (various jurisdiction.).

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be granted in part.

B-81 WILLIAM EARLE, ET AL.

William Earle (PM2559E), Gloucester Township , Raymond Tyra (PM2566E), Linden ; and John Mioduszewski (PM2586E), Holmdel; appeal the written portion of the promotional examination for Police Captain (various jurisdictions).

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be granted in part.

B-82 DANIEL DORIETY, ET AL.

Daniel Doriety, Police Sergeant (PM2540E), Irvington; Frederick Dow, Police Sergeant (PM2534E), Ewing Township; William Peters, Police Sergeant (PM2555E), Somerdale Boro; and Lawrence Wheeler, Police Sergeant (PM2548E), Passaic; appeal the determinations of the Division of Selection Services, which found that the appellants filed their applications after the announced filing deadline for their respective promotional examinations.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that these appeals be denied.

B-83 ANTHONY VALENTE

Anthony Valente appeals that his PAR (performance assessment rating) points should have been higher on the promotional examination for Assistant Chief, Occupational Safety (PS4931N), Department of Labor.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-84 SUSETTE SABIO-JONES

Susette Sabio-Jones appeals the validity of the promotional examination for Assistant Chief, Occupational Safety (PS4931N), Department of Labor.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-85 RAYNALDO SANTIAGO

Raynaldo Santiago appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services that he lacked the required amount of permanent status in the title to which the promotional examination was open for Deputy Fire Chief (PM3506F), Camden City .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

The appeal of Jeffrey Bellamy, a Hospital Attendant, County of Essex , Department of Health and Rehabilitation, of his removal effective July 28, 1995 on charges, was heard by Administrative Law Judge Leslie Z. Celentano (ALJ), who rendered her initial decision on January 9, 2004 . At its meeting on April 7, 2004 , the Board adopted the ALJ's recommendation to uphold the removal. The proposed final decision is now submitted for the Board's review.

ACTION: The Merit System Board adopted the final decision.

B-87 PHILIP MARTONE

The appeal of Philip Martone, a Superintendent of Recreation with the Town of Kearny , of his removal, effective October 28, 2002 , on charges, was heard by Administrative Law Judge Carol I. Cohen (ALJ), who rendered her initial decision on February 24, 2004 . At its meeting on April 7, 2004 , the Merit System Board (Board) adopted the ALJ's recommendation to modify the removal to a six-month suspension. The proposed decision is now submitted for the Board's review.

ACTION: The Merit System Board adopted the decision.

B-88 STEVEN LUCAS

Steven Lucas appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Mechanic Fire Apparatus (M6264E), Mount Laurel Township .

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied.

B-89 EARLY SETTLEMENTS

Alnicia Jessie
Woodbridge Developmental Center
Department of Human Services
Suspension

Arthur Kapetanakis
County of Sussex
Sheriff's Department
Resignation not in good standing
Danielle Lind
Vineland Developmental Center
Department of Human Services
Release at the end of the working test period

Michael Preston
Department of Corrections
Resignation not in good standing

ACTION: The Merit System Board acknowledged the settlements.

B-90 MERIT SYSTEM BOARD MINTUES

The minutes of the Merit System Board meeting of April 7, 2004 are submitted for adoption.

ACTION: The Merit System Board adopted the minutes of its meeting of April 7, 2004 .

There being no further business before the Merit System Board, the meeting was adjourned to convene on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., at 3 Station Plaza, Trenton , New Jersey .

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IDA L. CASTRO
COMMISSIONER
MERIT SYSTEM BOARD

 
 
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