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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

Robert E. Brenner

Thomas J. Perna

Richard E. Williams

 

 

December 5, 2012

 

 

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     A regular meeting of the Civil Service Commission was held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in Trenton, New Jersey.

 

            PRESENT: Robert M. Czech, Chairperson, Members Robert E. Brenner, Thomas J. Perna and Richard E. Williams; Pamela Ullman, Deputy Attorney General; Henry Maurer, 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, 2011, and posted at the Civil Service Commission, 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

 

     All actions were by unanimous vote unless otherwise specified.

 

 

DISMISSAL FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR

 

The Civil Service Commission dismissed the following cases without prejudice for failure to appear at the scheduled hearing before the Office of Administrative Law:

 

Maria P. Montes, Keyboarding Clerk 1, City of Ventnor City, Revenue and Finance Department, removal.

 

Marisah Potkalesky, Technical Assistant Management Information Systems, Passaic Valley Water Commission, suspension.

 

Indira Pranpat, Family Service Specialist 2, Department of Children and Families, release at the end of the working test period.

 

 

WITHDRAWAL OF APPEALS

 

The following appeals were withdrawn and removed from the hearing calendar:

 

Khadijahy Y. Adams, et al., various titles, City of Newark, Police Department, layoff.

 

Paul Bethea, Sanitation Driver, City of Trenton, Department of Public Works, suspension.

 

Dolly Bosire, et al., Passaic County, Department of Health, layoff

 

Tyrone Brown, County Corrections Officer, Gloucester County, Department of Correctional Services, suspension.

 

Jeffrey Buksar, Sheriff's Officer, Middlesex County, Sheriff's Department, suspension.

 

Alberto Hernandez, Human Services Specialist 4 Bilingual Spanish/English, Middlesex County Board of Social Services, suspension.

 

Antonio Hernandez, Police Officer, Borough of Fort Lee, Department of Safety Services, suspension.

 

Rhonda Hickman, Cottage Training Technician, Vineland Developmental Center, Department of Human Services, returned to permanent held title at the end of the working test period.

 

Kenisha Jackson, County Correction Officer, Atlantic County, Department of Public Safety, removal.

 

Debra King, Human Services Specialist 4, Hudson County, Department of Family Services, suspension.

 

Richard Ladson, Security Guard, Jersey City School District, removal.

 

John McDonald, City of Hoboken, Department of Human Services, layoff.

 

Michael Musa, Police Officer, City of Union City, Police Department, release at the end of the test period.

 

Juan Ramos, County Corrections Officer, Atlantic County, Department of Public Safety, suspension.

 

Louis Reyes, Police Officer, Borough of Carteret, Police Department, removal.

 

Arnold Rodriguez, Police Officer, Borough of Bergenfield, Police Department, suspension.

 

Bobby D. Sanders, County Correction Officer, Burlington County, County Jail, suspension.

 

Charles Thompson, Senior Correction Officer, Northern State Prison, Department of Corrections, removal.

 

Edgar VanBuskirk, Correction Lieutenant, Southern State Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections, suspension.

 

Venus D. Young, Senior Correction Officer, East Jersey State Prison, Department of Corrections, suspension.

 

Robert Zoll, Jr., County Correction Officer, Burlington County, County Jail, suspension.

 

 

 CONFIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS

 

The Civil Service Commission recorded the following Confidential Appointments under N.J.S.A. 11A:3-4(h):

 

Steven A. Gutkin, appointed as a Confidential Assistant, Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness, effective November 3, 2012, salary of $106,273.00 per annum.

Jo-Ann Davala, appointed as a Confidential Secretary, Department of the Treasury, effective November 7, 2012, salary of $40,000.00 per annum.

Kevin Brown, appointed as a Confidential Assistant, Juvenile Justice Commission, effective September 22, 2012, salary of $135,000.00 per annum.

 

 

SECTION A - HEARING MATTERS

 

A-1      SETTLEMENTS

 

In the Matter of Joann Bellini

State of New Jersey Parole Board

Suspension

 

In the Matter Darlene R. Hannah-Collins

Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority

Layoff

 

In the Matter of Benita Cisrow

South Woods State Prison

Department of Corrections

Removal

 

In the Matter of Frank Governale

Richard Stockton College

Suspension

 

In the Matter of Melody Linton

City of Newark

Police Department

Suspension

 

In the Matter of Brian Regenthal

Union County

Department of Human Services

Suspension

 

In the Matter of Betty Moore

Hudson County

Department of Corrections

Suspension

 

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

 

ACTION:    The Civil Service Commission acknowledged the settlements.

 

A-2      MARGARET ASHLEY, ET AL.

 

Margaret Ashley, et al., various titles, City of Jersey City, Department of Administration, appeal the good faith of their layoffs effective June 30, 2011, for reasons of economy and efficiency.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Dismiss the appeals.

 

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

 

A-3      LOUIS BYRD

 

Louis Byrd, County Correction Officer, Burlington County, County Jail, 120 working day suspension on charges of incompetency, inefficiency or failure to perform duties, conduct unbecoming a public employee, neglect of duty and other sufficient cause.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Modify the 120 working day suspension to a 60 working day suspension.

 

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

 

A-4      MARIA COSTA SILVA

    

Maria Costa Silva, Social Worker/Bilingual, Hudson County, Department of Family Services, 30 working day suspension on charges of incompetency, inefficiency, or failure to perform duties, conduct unbecoming a public employee,  and neglect of duty.  

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Modify the 30 working day suspension to a 20 working day suspension.

 

ACTION:    The Civil Service Commission rejected the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge and upheld the 30 working day suspension.

 

A-5      DANTE DANIEL

    

Dante Daniel, Senior Correction Officer, Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections, removal effective April 25, 2012, on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, other sufficient cause, falsification, and violation of a rule, regulation, policy, procedure, order or administrative procedure.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Dismiss the appeal with prejudice for failure to appear.

 

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

 

A-6      NICOLE ESPINOSA

    

Nicole Espinosa, Social Service Aide, Passaic County Board of Social Services, removal effective July 8, 2011, on charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, physical inability to perform duties and other sufficient cause.

 

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

 

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

 

A-7      JUSTIN GARCIA

 

Justin Garcia, County Correction Officer, Union County, Department of Correctional Services, removal effective December 2, 2011, on charges of insubordination, conduct unbecoming a public employee, neglect of duty and other sufficient cause.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Modify the removal to a one-month suspension.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this matter be held over pending additional information from the appointing authority regarding proposed settlement.

 

A-8      KEISHA HENDERSON

 

Keisha Henderson, County Correction Officer, Essex County, Department of Corrections, removal effective November 19, 2010, on charges of incompetency, inefficiency or failure to perform duties, inability to perform duties, conduct unbecoming a public employee, neglect of duty, and violation of Federal regulations concerning drug and alcohol use.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Reverse the removal.

 

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

 

 

SECTION B - MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

 

B-1      The Division of Classification and Personnel Management requests the inactivation of 54 State titles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

B-2      The Division of Classification and Personnel Management requests the inactivation of the State title Planned Real Estate Development Analyst 2 and the renaming of the Planned Real Estate Development Analyst 1 title to Planned Real Estate Development Analyst.

 

 

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

B-3      The Division of Classification and Personnel Management requests the consolidation of a number of Institutional Trade Instructor variants into new variant series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

B-4      ALANA WALLBILLICH

 

Alana Wallbillich, a Business Manager 1, Corrections, with the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections, appeals a three-day suspension issued by the Department Corrections.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be remanded to the appointing authority for further proceedings.

 

B-5      ALFRED N. AREZZO

 

Alfred N. Arezzo, represented by John P. Lacey, Esq., petitions the Civil Service Commission for a stay of the Commission's decision rendered on September 5, 2012, which increased a 30 working day suspension to a six-month suspension and upheld his removal.

 

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

 

B-6      JYVAUN WILLIAMS

 

The Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of State Police, requests that the provisions of N.J.A.C. 4A:4-1.1(c) be relaxed in order to allow Jyvaun Williams to be provisionally appointed, pending promotional examination procedures, to the competitive title of Technician, Management Information Systems.

 

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

 

B-7      NICHOLAS MANOCCHIO

 

The Department of the Treasury requests that Nicholas Manocchio's out-of-title experience be accepted to qualify him for a prospective promotional examination for the title of Senior Technician, Management Information Systems.

 

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

 

B-8      JUNE PIPERATA

 

June Piperata appeals the length of her provisional appointment in the title of Child Care Quality Assurance Inspector 1 and requests an evaluation of her credentials in lieu of the open competitive examination for Child Care Quality Assurance Inspector 1 (S0194P).

 

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

 

B-9      JOAN POSSERT

 

The Office of the Public Defender requests that Joan Possert's out-of-title experience be accepted to qualify her for a prospective promotional examination for the title of Assistant Buyer.

 

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

 

B-10    RONALD ALTMANN

 

Ronald Altmann, a Police Officer with the City of Paterson, represented by Joseph S. Murphy, Esq., requests that the Civil Service Commission grant him a retroactive date of appointment to his former position of Police Sergeant.

 

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

 

B-11    DHARIST KAUSHAL

 

Dharist Kaushal appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services denying his request for a make-up examination for Supervising Medical Security Officer (PS4782K), Department of Human Services.

 

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

 

B-12    MATTHEW WNEK III

 

Matthew Wnek III appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services denying his request for a make-up examination for Correction Sergeant (PS6436I), Department of Corrections.

 

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

 

B-13    SUZANNE M. CAMPBELL

 

The appointing authority requests that the provisions of N.J.A.C. 4A:6-3.4(a), which govern the time period in which employees must file an application for Supplemental Compensation on Retirement (SCOR), be relaxed to permit Suzanne M. Campbell, a former Staff Clinical Psychologist 3 at Senator G.W. Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Human Services, to submit a late application for SCOR benefits.

 

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

 

B-14    NORMA ROSADO

 

The appointing authority requests that the provisions of N.J.A.C. 4A:6-3.4(a), which govern the time period in which employees must file an application for Supplemental Compensation on Retirement (SCOR), be relaxed to permit Norma Rosado, a former Senior Building Maintenance Worker at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Human Services, to submit a late application for SCOR benefits.

 

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

 

B-15    ROBERT BURD

 

Robert Burd appeals the determination of the Division of Classification and Personnel Management that his position with the Department of the Treasury is properly classified as a Data Processing Analyst 1.  The appellant seeks a Project Manager, Data Processing job classification.

 

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

 

 

B-16    DONALD COPELAND

 

Donald Copeland appeals the decision of the Division of Classification and Personnel Management which found that his position with the Department of Banking and Insurance is properly classified as Financial Examiner 2.  The appellant seeks a Financial Examiner 1 job classification.

 

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

 

B-17    YOLANDA DICKERSON

 

Yolanda Dickerson appeals the decision of the Division of Classification and Personnel Management which found that her position with Atlantic City is properly classified as Clerk 2.  The appellant seeks a Principal Account Clerk job classification.

 

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

 

B-18    ELECTRICAL SUBCODE OFFICIAL (M2209N), BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP

 

The Division of Classification and Personnel Management requests that Bordentown Township be ordered to return the November 15, 2011 certification for Electrical Subcode Official (M2209N) 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-19    MECHANIC (SPECIAL RE-EMPLOYMENT LIST), TRENTON

 

The Division of Classification and Personnel Management requests that Trenton be ordered to return the October 14, 2011 certification for Mechanic (Special Re-employment List) 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-20    PROJECT COORDINATOR, REDEVELOPMENT (M1011L), JERSEY CITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

 

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, represented by Sean Dias, Esq., requests reconsideration of the decision rendered on April 4, 2012 by the Civil Service Commission in In the Matter of Project Coordinator, Redevelopment (M1011L), Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, which ordered it to properly dispose of the April 21, 2011 certification within 20 days and remit $1,000 in compliance costs.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission granted the request for reconsideration and assessed selection costs in the amount of $2,048 and ordered the appointing authority to remit the $1,000 previously assessed.

 

B-21    REALLOCATION OF STATE, LOCAL AND COMMON TITLES FROM THE COMPETITIVE TO THE NON-COMPETITIVE DIVISION OF THE CAREER SERVICE, PHASE 2

 

The Division of Classification and Personnel Management recommends reallocation of various State, Local and common 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 that this request be granted.

 

B-22    SENIOR POLICE OFFICER, HUMAN SERVICES

 

The Policemen's Benevolent Association, Local 113, represented by Sanford R. Oxfeld, Esq., appeals the determination of the former Division of State and Local Operations that an insufficient basis had been presented to warrant reevaluation of the Senior Police Officer, Human Services title.

 

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

 

B-23    DENISE BRONSON

 

Denise Bronson requests reconsideration of the Civil Service Commission determination In the Matter of Denise Bronson, Department of Environmental Protection (CSC, decided May 2, 2012) which found that her position was properly classified as Principal Clerk Typist.  She also appeals the September 27, 2012 determination of the Division of Classification and Personnel Management classifying her position as Secretarial Assistant 3, Non Stenographic, effective June 30, 2012.

 

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

 

B-24    ODISE CARR

 

The City of Camden, represented by Caryl M. Amana, Esq., requests reconsideration of the decision rendered on July 11, 2012, which awarded shift differential as part of the back pay award to Odise Carr.

 

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

 

B-25    CLAUDETTE DYE-WRIGHT

 

Claudette Dye-Wright, a Juvenile Detention Officer with Union County, petitions the Civil Service Commission for reconsideration of the final decision rendered on May 2, 2012, which reversed the 60 working day suspension but upheld her demotion.

 

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

 

B-26    JEANA F. ABUAN

 

Jeana F. Abuan appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services which found that she did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Personnel Director (PM0799N), Jersey City.

 

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

 

B-27    JOSEPH BARBER, ET AL.

 

Joseph Barber, Bogdan Chivulescu, Carla Cooper, Rosario Cutrupi, Jr., Jaick Joseph, Violette Joseph, Robert Neary, Kathy Schaffer, Peter Skibar and Lola Walker appeal the determinations of the Division of Selection Services and Recruitment which found that Joseph Barber, Bogdan Chivulescu, Rosario Cutrupi, Jr., Jaick Joseph, Violette Joseph, Robert Neary, Kathy Schaffer, Peter Skibar and Lola Walker did not meet the experience requirements, and Carla Cooper did not meet the experience requirements, per the substitution clause for education, for the open-competitive examination for Project Manager, Data Processing (S0339P), Statewide.

 

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

 

B-28    BOBBI DEFELICE

 

Bobbi Defelice appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services and Recruitment that she does not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Administrative Analyst 4 (PS0601U), Department of the Treasury.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied and her position undergo a classification review if she is not returned to her regular prior-held title immediately.

 

B-29    THOMAS J. KALFUT

 

Thomas J. Kalfut appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services and Recruitment which found that he did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Supervisor Roads (PC1099N), Cumberland County.

 

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

 

B-30    ANTHONY LARINO AND FRANK THORPE

 

Anthony Larino (PM7501P), Bayonne; and Frank Thorpe (PM7512P), Elmwood Park; appeal the written portion of the examination for Police Captain (various jurisdictions).

 

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

 

B-31    DARLENE H. PHARMES

 

Darlene H. Pharmes appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services and Recruitment which found that she did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Personnel Director (PM0799N), Jersey City.

 

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

 

B-32    CARINE POLCARO

 

Carine Polcaro appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services that found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Supervisor Food Service Area Operations (PS8567I), Department of Corrections.

 

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

 

B-33    TIFFANY PUGH

 

Tiffany Pugh appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services and Recruitment which found that she was not eligible for the promotional examination for Human Services Specialist 1 (PC0021P), Passaic County Board of Social Services.

 

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

 

B-34    CORNELIA RUMPH

 

Cornelia Rumph appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services and Recruitment which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Secretarial Assistant 2 (PS0071Q), Public Defender.

 

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

 

B-35    DEBORAH SPECHT

 

Deborah Specht appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services and Recruitment which found that she did not meet the minimum experience requirements for the promotional examination for Paralegal Technician 1 (PC0110P), Atlantic County.

 

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

 

B-36    SHEILA STANTON

 

Sheila Stanton appeals the determination of the former Division of Selection Services that she did not meet the experience requirement for the promotional examination for Principal Data Control Clerk Typing (PC0813N), Burlington County.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission directed that this appeal be denied, but the matter of the appellant's classification be referred to the Division of Classification and Personnel Management for review.

 

B-37    PATRICIA VEGA

 

On behalf of Patricia Vega, the Director, Division of Purchasing in Jersey City, appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services and Recruitment which found that Ms. Vega did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Principal Buyer (PM0461P), Jersey City.

 

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

 

B-38    CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MINUTES

 

Submitted for adoption are the Civil Service Commission minutes of its meeting of November 21, 2012.

 

ACTION:       The Civil Service Commission adopted the minutes of its meeting of November 21, 2012.

 

B-39    The Division of Classification and Personnel Management requests the consolidation of the Data Processing Programmer and Data Processing Analyst title series and variants into the Software Development Specialist title series.

             

 

 

           

 

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

 

B-40    The Division of Classification and Personnel Management requests the inactivation of 20 Local titles.

 

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

 

B-41    PHILLIP BAUKNIGHT

 

            Phillip Bauknight, an Assistant Deputy Public Defender 1 with the Office of the Public Defender, seeks enforcement of the Civil Service Commission decision rendered on August 17, 2011, granting him sick leave injury (SLI) benefits for any medically authorized absences through January 5, 2011 for injuries sustained on January 6, 2010.

 

 ACTION:      The Civil Service Commission directed that this request be granted and the petitioner receive SLI benefits from March 11, 2010 through April 14, 2010.

 

B-42    CARMEN TORRES

 

            Carmen Torres, a former Practical Nurse with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, requests that the provisions of N.J.A.C. 4A:6-3.4(a), which govern the time period in which employees must file an application for Supplemental Compensation on Retirement (SCOR), be relaxed to permit her to submit a later application for SCOR benefits.

 

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

 

B-43    MICHELE MILLER

 

            The Division of Classification and Personnel Management, on behalf of Union County, requests that Michele Miller's out-of-title work experience be accepted to qualify her for the promotional examination for Assistant Personnel Officer (PC0953P), Union County.

 

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

 

B-44    GREG PULITI, ET AL.

 

            The Department of Banking and Insurance requests that the Civil Service Commission authorize the promotions of Greg Puliti, Michael Becht, Francis Biskup, Jan Allen, and William Hults, Jr. from their non-competitive titles to competitive titles pursuant to N.J.A.C. 4A:4-1.1(c)2.  It also requests that the Commission accept Allen's and Hults' out-of-title work experience for prospective promotional examinations for the appellants' respective competitive titles.

 

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

 

 

There being no further business before the Civil Service Commission, the meeting was adjourned to convene on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

 
 
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