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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

Dolores Gorczyca

Daniel W. O’Mullan

 

May 17, 2017

 

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    A regular meeting of the Civil Service Commission was held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Trenton, New Jersey.

 

          PRESENT: Robert M. Czech, Chairperson, Members Dolores Gorczyca and Daniel W. O’Mullan; Pamela Ullman, Deputy Attorney General; Christopher Myers, Director, Division of Appeals and Regulatory Affairs.

 

          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, 2016, and posted at the Civil Service Commission, 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

 

    All actions were by unanimous vote unless otherwise specified.

 

WITHDRAWAL OF APPEALS

 

The following appeals were withdrawn and removed from the hearing calendar:

 

Richard Arlaus, Environmental Health Specialist, Bergen County, Department of Health, removal.

 

Ashely Brown, Sheriff’s Officer, Union County, Department of Public Safety, removal.

 

Deborah Crawford, Practical Nurse, Passaic County, Preakness Healthcare Center, removal.

 

Albert Daniels, County Correction Sergeant, Camden County, Department of Corrections, removal.

 

Danielle Ford, County Correction Officer, Essex County, Department of Public Safety and Corrections, removal.

 

Michael Jacob, County Correction Officer, Camden County, Department of Corrections, removal.

 

Jeff Knitowski, Investigator, Middlesex Vicinage, Judiciary, suspension.

 

ACTION:    The Civil Service Commission noted the withdrawal of appeals without prejudice.

 

SECTION A – HEARING MATTERS

 

A-1    SETTLEMENTS

 

Ashley Hinds

Plainfield

Department of Public Affairs and Public Safety

Removal

 

Donzella Mears

Vineland Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

Suzette Ravix

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Suspension

 

Bijoy Rodriguez

Paterson

Police Department

Removal

 

Rashaan Sampson

Irvington Township

Department of Public Safety

Suspension

 

Danyell Smith-Ekhaguere

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

 

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

 

ACTION:    The Civil Service Commission acknowledged the settlements.

 

A-2    ANN PEARL

 

Ann Pearl, Keyboarding Clerk 2, Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, removal effective July 5, 2016, on charges of incompetency, inefficiency, or failure to perform duties; insubordination; 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.

VOTE:         Robert M. Czech           (Yes)

                   Dolores Gorczyca         (No)

                  Daniel W. O’Mullan      (Yes)

 

A-3    NADEYAH SARMAD

 

Nadeyah Sarmad, a Family Service Specialist II with the Department of Children and Families, Passaic North, appeals her release at the end of the working test period, effective September 9, 2013.

 

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

 

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

 

SECTION B – MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

 

B-1    CHANGE IN CLASSIFICATION PLAN – TITLE REACTIVATION/INACTIVATION

 

The Division of Agency Services requests the reactivation of the Assistant Biologist, Plant Industry title and the inactivation of the Supervisor of Horserace Activities title.

 

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

 

 

B-2    STEVEN RUZEK – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-1473

 

Steven Ruzek, represented by Jeffrey J. Berezny, Esq., appeals the removal of his name from the eligible list for Sheriff’s Officer (S9999R), Union County Sheriff on the basis of a positive drug test.

 

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

 

B-3    TIMOTHY BAGGITT – DOCKET NO. 2017-2196

 

Timothy Baggitt appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services, which found that he was ineligible for the promotional examination for Sheriff’s Officer Lieutenant (PC3000U), Monmouth County.

 

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

 

B-4    KEVIN BRIGLEY AND STEPHEN CHASE – CSC DOCKET NOS. 2017-2188 AND 2017-2151

 

Kevin Brigley and Stephen Chase appeal the decisions of the Division of Agency Services which found that they did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Maintenance Supervisor (PC1663U), Bergen County.

 

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

 

B-5    MICHAEL MARTINEZ – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2186

 

Michael Martinez appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for General Supervisor Traffic Maintenance (PM1640U), Newark.

 

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

 

B-6    RAYMOND NELSON – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2150

 

Raymond Nelson appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services, which found that he was ineligible for the promotional examination for Sheriff’s Officer Lieutenant (PC2094U), Essex County.

 

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

 

B-7    SHAUN PETERSON – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2190

 

Shaun Peterson appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that he did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Senior Traffic Maintenance Worker (PM1710U), Woodbridge.

 

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

 

B-8    JOHN WEBER – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2429

 

John Weber appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Assistant Supervisor Public Works (PM1750U), Edgewater.

 

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

 

B-9    SUPERVISOR BUILDING SERVICES (M0418T), MILLVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT – CSC DOCKET NO. 2016-4275

 

Millville School District requests permission not to make an appointment from the December 8, 2015 certification for Supervisor Building Services (M0418T), Millville School District.

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission granted the appointment waiver and assessed partial selection costs in the amount of $1,024.

 

B-10   SEAN GAVEN, ET AL. – CSC DOCKET NOS. 2017-2400, ET AL.

 

Sean Gaven, Rory Murphy, Cesar Soares, Christopher Brown, Celso Velez, Matthew Ruane, Lee Douglas III, and Marlin Easter, represented by Patrick Toscano, Jr., Esq., petition the Civil Service Commission for retroactive regular appointments effective December 26, 2011 to the title of Police Lieutenant, and for admittance to the promotional examination for Police Captain (PM1345U), Newark.

 

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

 

B-11   NICHOLAS VANDERVOORT – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-3142

 

Nicolas Vandervoort requests a retest of the physical performance portion of the examination for Fire Fighter (M1563T), Paterson.

 

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

 

B-12   SPERO LEAKAS – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2711

 

Spero Leakas appeals his score for the oral portion of the examination for the second-level Fire Captain (PM0449U), Hackensack.

 

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

 

B-13   JACINTO LOPEZ, JR. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2587

 

Jacinto Lopez, Jr., appeals his score on the examination for Battalion Fire Chief (PM1491T), Bayonne.

 

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

 

B-14   BRUCE DAVIS, JR. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2504

 

Bruce Davis, Jr. appeals his oral scores on the promotional examination for Fire Chief (PM1583U), East Orange.

 

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

 

B-15   WILLIAM DEVENNY – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2479

 

William Devenny appeals his score for the oral portion of the examination for the second-level Fire Captain (PM0466U), Ventnor City.

 

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

 

B-16   MICHAEL KEENAN, SR. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2730

 

Michael Keenan, Sr. appeals his score for the oral portion of the examination for the second-level Fire Captain (PM0464U), Teaneck.

 

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

 

B-17   KEVIN MCELROY – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2451

 

Kevin McElroy appeals his oral scores on the promotional examination for Fire Chief (PM1748U), Hamilton Fire District #2.

 

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

 

B-18   FREDERIC SCHATZMAN III – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2869

 

Frederic Schatzman III appeals his score for the oral portion of the examination for the second-level Fire Captain (PM0460U), New Brunswick.

 

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

 

B-19   ANDREA BRISCESE – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-1217

 

The Division of Agency Services, on behalf of Hamilton Township, requests that Andrea Briscese’s out-of-title work experience in the title of Keyboarding Clerk 3 be accepted to qualify her for a prospective promotional examination for Administrative Secretary.

 

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

 

B-20   MICHELLE HENNESSY – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2535

 

The Division of Agency Services, on behalf of the Department of Corrections, requests that Michelle Hennessy’s out-of-title work experience be accepted to qualify her for a prospective promotional examination for Personnel Assistant 4.

 

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

 

B-21   BILLY RICKLEY – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2779

 

The Division of Agency Services, on behalf of the Village of Ridgewood, request’s out-of-title work experience be accepted to qualify him for a lateral qualifying examination to Sewage Plant Operator/Sewage Plant Repairer.

 

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

 

B-22   COURT ADMINISTRATOR, PALISADES INTERSTATE PARK AND REALLOCATION OF THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, PALISADES INTERSATE PARK – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-3465

 

            The Division of Agency Services recommends reallocation of the Court Administrator, Palisades Interstate Park, and Deputy Court Administrator, Palisades Interstate Park, titles to the non-competitive division of the career service in accordance with N.J.A.C. 4A:3-1.2.

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission directed to reallocate the subject titles to the non-competitive division of the career service.

 

B-23   SENIOR PUBLIC WORKS REPAIRER (PM0094U) - CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2721

 

Vernon requests permission not to make an appointment from the May 12, 2016 certification for Senior Public Works Repairer (PM0094U).

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted, but no selection costs presently be assessed.

 

B-24   JUSTIN KLAMA – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-839

 

Justin Klama appeals the decision of the Division of Agency Services which found that his position is properly classified as Technical Assistant 3. The appellant seeks a Technical Assistant 2, Treasury job classification.

 

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

 

B-25   MARC WARTENBERG – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2395

 

Marc Wartenberg appeals the decision of the Division of Agency Services which found that his position with the Department of Human Services is correctly classified as Senior Technician, Management Information Systems. The appellant seeks an Administrative Analyst 3, Information Systems or Network Administrator 1 job classification.

 

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

  

B-26   ANTHONY VALDIVIA – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-3382

 

The City of Union City requests that the provisions of N.J.A.C. 4A:4-7.1A be relaxed in order to permit the retroactive intergovernmental transfer of Anthony Valdivia from the title of Sheriff’s Officer, Hudson County to the title of Police Officer, Union City.

 

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

 

B-27   JACQUELINE P. BYK – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-1857

 

Jacqueline P. Byk, represented by Brian Powers, Staff Representative, CWA Local 1033, requests reconsideration of the final decision of the Civil Service Commission, rendered on November 10, 2016, which upheld the removal of her name from the Legal Secretary 2 (S0398T), Department of Law and Public Safety, eligible list for failing the qualifying typing test.

 

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

 

B-28   VALERIE BRADBURY – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2949

 

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, has remanded the matter of the original 45 working day suspension imposed upon Valerie Bradbury, a Police Officer, City of Newark, by the Civil Service Commission for reconsideration of the penalty.

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission imposed a 45 working day suspension.

 

B-29   JOHANNA RIOS –CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-3391

 

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellant Division, reversed the determination of the Civil Service Commission which found that Johanna Rios’ layoff rights were properly determined. The Court remanded the matter for a hearing at the Office of Administrative Law.

 

ACTION:    The Civil Service Commission directed that this matter be remanded to the Office of Administrative Law for a hearing.

 

B-30   NICK CASTELLO – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2565

 

Nick Castello appeals the appointing authority’s request to remove his name from the Fire Fighter (M1544T), Jersey City eligible list on the basis on an unsatisfactory background report.

 

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

 

B-31   RONALD BREUER – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2332

 

Ronald Breuer appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Supervisor Public Works (PM1732U), Linden.

 

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

 

B-32   ROBERT JACKSON – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-834

 

Robert Jackson appeals the decision of the Division of Agency Services which found that his position is properly classified as Technical Assistant 3. The appellant seeks a Technical Assistant 2, Treasury job classification.

 

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

 

B-33   CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MINUTES

 

Submitted for adoption are the Civil Service Commission minutes of its meeting of May 3, 2017.

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission adopted the minutes of its meeting on May 3, 2017.

 

B-34   CHRISTOPHER ROMANO – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2666

 

The Division of Agency Services, on behalf of Brick Township, requests that Christopher Romano’s out-of-title work experience be accepted to qualify him for prospective future promotional examinations for Assistant Zoning Officer, Brick Township.

 

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

 

B-35   JUSTIN MILLER – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-59

 

Justin Miller, a County Correction Officer with Middlesex County, represented by Christopher Gray, Esq., requests counsel fees in light of the Civil Service Commission decision on reconsideration In the Matter of Justin Miller (CSC, decided November 18, 2015).

 

ACTION:    The Civil Service Commission directed that the appointing authority pay $5,603.75 in counsel fees and $53.00 in costs.

 

B-36   CARL BRANDIMARTE – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2518

 

Carl Brandimarte appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Storekeeper 1 (PS3636P), Department of Law and Public Safety.

 

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

 

B-37   HEATHER OTTAVI – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2537

 

Heather Ottavi appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Administrative Analyst 2 (PS3531P), Department of Law and Public Safety.

 

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

 

B-38   KATHLEEN DWYER – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2463

 

Kathleen Dwyer appeals the decision of the Division of Agency Services that the proper classification of her position with the Department of Environmental Protection is Agency Services Representative 3. The appellant seeks an Agency Services Representative 4 job classification.

 

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

 

B-39   R.A. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2016-1993

 

R.A., represented by Nicholas J. Palma, Esq., appeals his rejection as a County Correction Officer candidate by Essex County and its request to remove his name from the eligible list for County Correction Officer (S9999R) on the basis of psychological unfitness to perform effectively the duties of the position.

 

ACTION:    The Civil Service Commission directed that the appellant be referred for an independent psychological evaluation.

 

B-40   WANDA TURNER – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2571

 

Wanda Turner appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Public Health Representative 3 (PS3422H), Department of Health.

 

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

 

B-41   S.S. – CSC DOCKET NOS. 2016-2807 AND 2017-2420

 

S.S., a Captain with the Division of State Police, Department of Law and Public Safety, represented by George T. Daggett, Esq., appeals the determinations of the Executive Assistant Attorney General and the Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity which found that the appellant failed to support findings that she had been subjected to violations of the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace.

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission directed that Docket Number 2016-2807 be remanded to the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity for further investigation and denied Docket Number 2017-2420.

 

B-42   ZULMA SOTO – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2658

 

The Division of Agency Services, on behalf of Brick Township, requests that Zulma Soto’s out-of-title work experience be accepted to qualify her for a prospective promotional examination for Program Coordinator Aging/Disabilities, Brick Township.

 

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

 

B-43   ROY HENRY – CSC DOCKET NO. 2107-3508

 

Roy Henry appeals the removal of his name from the eligible list for Police Officer (S9999R), Newark, on the basis of an unsatisfactory background report.

 

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

 

B-44   RICHARD DISTEFANO – CSC DOCKET NO. 2016-2199

 

The Division of Agency Services, on behalf of the Department of the Treasury, requests that Richard DiStefano’s out-of-title work experience be accepted to qualify him for a prospective promotional examination for Building Management Service Specialist 3.

 

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

 

B-45   DEVIN FARRO – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-3332

 

The Division of Agency Services on behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection, requests that the provisions of N.J.A.C. 4A:4-1.1(c) be relaxed, and Devin Farro’s out-of-title work be accepted, in order to allow Mr. Farro to be provisionally appointed, pending promotional examination procedures, to the competitive title of Permit Coordination Officer 2, DEP.

 

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

 

B-46   CESAR LUNA – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-2396

 

Stockton University requests a retroactive appointment for Cesar Luna to November 2, 2013 based on an administrative error.

 

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

 

B-47   RODNEY WELLS – CSC DOCKET NOS. 2016-3177 & 2016-3178

 

Hudson County, represented by John A. Smith, III, Assistant County Counsel, requests reconsideration of the initial decision of the Administrative Law Judge, which was deemed adopted as a final decision on February 22, 2016, modifying the suspension of Rodney Wells, a County Correction Officer with Hudson County from a 45 working day suspension to a 20 working day suspension and a six working day suspension to a one working day suspension.

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission directed that this request for reconsideration be granted, and upheld the 45 working day and six working day suspensions.

 

 

There being no further business before the Civil Service Commission, the meeting was adjourned to convene on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., at 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

 

 
 
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