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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver
 
 

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Deirdré L. Webster Cobb, Chairperson

Dolores Gorczyca

Daniel W. O’Mullan

 

September 20, 2018

 

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        A regular meeting of the Civil Service Commission was held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m, in Trenton, New Jersey.

 

          PRESENT: Deirdré L. Webster Cobb, 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 17, 2017, and posted at the Civil Service Commission, 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

 

    All actions were by unanimous vote unless otherwise specified.

 

SECTION A – HEARING MATTERS

 

A-1    SETTLEMENTS

 

Luis Andujar

Cumberland County

Department of Corrections

Removal

 

Mikeyah Cheek

Ann Klein Forensic Center

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

Michelle Copeland

Woodbine Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Resignation not in good standing

 

Mahogani Ennals

Woodbine Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

Mahogani Ennals

Woodbine Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Removal

 

Desire Lee

New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home - Vineland

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Resignation not in good standing

         

Kia Lemmon

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital

Department of Health

Removal

 

Weyldon Lindsey

New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home - Vineland

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Release at the end of the working test period

 

Maxine Manning (consolidated)

Woodbine Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Suspension and Removal

 

Jose Mendez-Ordonez

Camden County

Department of Corrections

Release at the end of the working test period

 

Shawn Popwell

City of Vineland

Department of Municipal Utilities

Removal

 

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

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission acknowledged the settlements.

 

A-2    GAMALIEL CRUZ (on remand)

 

Gamaliel Cruz, Police Officer, City of Vineland, Police Department, removal effective March 22, 2012 on charges of incompetency, inefficiency or failure to perform duties, conduct unbecoming a public employee, inability to perform duties and other sufficient cause.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge – Uphold the removal.

 

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

 

A-3    MELISSA JOHNSON

 

Melissa Johnson, County Correction Officer, Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, removal effective February 29, 2016 on charges of inability to perform duties and other sufficient cause.

 

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge – Modify the removal to a resignation in good standing.

 

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

 

SECTION B – MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

 

B-1    C.E. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-677

 

          C.E., represented by Stephen B. Hunter, Esq., appeals his rejection as a Police Officer by the City of Elizabeth and its request to remove his name from the eligible list for Police Officer (S9999R) on the basis of psychological unfitness to perform effectively the duties of the position.

         

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

 

B-2    J.L. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2016-750

 

          J.L. appeals his rejection as a Sheriff’s Officer candidate by the County of Passaic and its request to remove his name from the eligible list for Sheriff’s Officer (S9999R) on the basis of psychological unfitness to perform effectively the duties of the position.

         

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

 

B-3    RICHARD BARBER, JR. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2018-688

 

          Richard Barber, Jr. appeals his removal from the eligible list for Police Officer (S9999U), Willingboro, on the basis of falsification of his pre-employment application.

         

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

 

B-4    SEAN DOHERTY, JR. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2019-440

 

          Sean Doherty, Jr., appeals the removal of his name from the Fire Fighter (M1537T), Harrison eligible list due to his failure to appear for the Physical Performance Test.

         

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

 

B-5    R.H. – CSC DOCKET NO. 2018-432

 

          R.H. appeals the removal of his name from the eligible list for Police Officer (S9999U), City of Orange Township on the basis of an unsatisfactory background report.

         

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

 

B-6    FREDERICK TAYLOR – CSC DOCKET NO. 2018-2856

 

          Frederick Taylor appeals his removal from the eligible list for Social Worker 2, Corrections (S0593S), Statewide for failing to respond to the certification notice.

         

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

 

B-7    DENNIS VINCENT – CSC DOCKET NO. 2018-785

 

          Dennis Vincent, represented by Michael L. Prigoff, Esq., appeals Jersey City’s request for the removal of his name from the eligible list for Fire Fighter (M1544T), Jersey City, on the basis of residing outside the residency scope.

         

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

 

B-8    ANNETTE AGABITI – CSC DOCKET NO. 2018-1600

 

          Annette Agabiti appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that the proper classification of her position with the Department of the Treasury is 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-9    MATHEW LOYER – CSC DOCKET NO. 2019-333

 

          Mathew Loyer appeals the decision of the Division of Agency Services which found that his position with the Department of the Treasury is properly classified as Senior Field Representative, Local Property Tax. The appellant seeks a Principal Field Representative, Local Property Tax job classification.

         

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

 

B-10  BRIAN RUTAN – CSC DOCKET NO. 2018-1669

 

          Brian Rutan appeals the determination of the Division of Agency Services that he did not meet the requirements for the open-competitive examination for Institutional Trade Instructor 1, Cooking (S0636V), Northern State Prison.

         

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

 

B-11  JAMES CAPONI – CSC DOCKET NO. 2019-544

 

          James Caponi appeals his score for the oral portion of the examination for second-level Fire Captain (PM1020V), Belleville.

         

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

 

B-12  MICHAEL MCGREEVY – CSC DOCKET NO. 2019-501

 

          Michael McGreevy, represented by George McGill, Esq., appeals his score for the oral portion of the examination for second-level Fire Captain (PM1020V), Belleville.

         

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

 

B-13  WILLIAM PINHO – CSC DOCKET NO. 2019-569

 

          William Pinho appeals his oral score on the promotional examination for Deputy Police Chief (PM0508W), Elizabeth.

         

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

 

B-14  PHILLIP WHITE – CSC DOCKET NO. 2019-555

 

          Phillip White appeals his score for the oral portion of the examination for second-level Fire Captain (PM1052V), Pennsauken.

         

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

 

B-15  CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MINUTES

 

          Submitted for adoption are the Civil Service Commission minutes of its meeting of September 5, 2018.

 

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission adopted the minutes of its meeting on September 5, 2018.

 

B-16  YEHUDA BEER – CSC DOCKET NO. 2018-2873

 

          The Concerned Citizens for Fire Protection, represented by Larry S. Loigman, Esq., appeals the March 4, 2018 determination which concluded that all positions in Lakewood Fire District No. 1 were properly recorded.

         

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

 

B-17  DEPUTY FIRE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR – CSC DOCKET NO. 2019-187

 

          The Division of Agency Services (Agency Services) requests the establishment of the unclassified title of Deputy Fire District Administrator for use in local fire districts. Agency Services also requests the inactivation of the unclassified title of Secretary to Executive Director.

         

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

 

B-18  SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISOR (C0845U) – CSC DOCKET NO. 2018-2630

 

          Hunterdon County requests permission not to make an appointment from the August 28, 2017 certification for Social Work Supervisor (C0845U).

         

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

 

B-19  M.R. – CSC DOCKET NOS. 2017-3726 AND 2018-1832

 

          M.R., a Senior Quality Control Reviewer with the Department of Human Services (DHS), appeals the determinations of the Office of Legal Affairs, DHS, that the appellant did not present sufficient evidence to support a finding 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 these appeals be denied.

 

B-20  ADAM GRIESEMER – CSC DOCKET NO. 2019-647

 

          The Division of Agency Services (Agency Services), on behalf of Beachwood, requests that Adam Griesemer be assigned a retroactive appointment date to the Police Sergeant title. Agency Services also seeks Griesemer’s eligibility for the promotional examination for Police Lieutenant (PM1931W), Beachwood.

         

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

 

B-21  GARY BODE AND FRED O’CALLAGHAN - CSC DOCKET NOS. 2018-1671 AND 2018-1708

 

          The appeals of Gary Bode and Fred O’Callaghan, Correction Lieutenants with East Jersey State Prison, Department of Corrections, of their removals effective December 7, 2017 and December 15, 2017, respectively, on charges, were heard by Administrative Law Judge Susana E. Guerrero (ALJ), who rendered her initial decision on August 1, 2018. At its meeting on September 5, 2018, the Civil Service Commission (Commission) did not adopt the ALJ’s recommendation to modify the removals to 180 calendar day suspensions. Rather, the Commission modified the removals to 60 working day suspensions. The proposed decision is now submitted for the Commission’s review.

         

          ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission adopted the decision.

 

B-22  SEAN TONNER - CSC DOCKET NO. 2017-646

 

          The appeal of Sean Tonner, a former Senior Investigator, Parole and Secured Facilities, with the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections (DOC), of his 10 working day suspension, on charges, was heard by Administrative Law Judge Carl V. Buck, III (ALJ), who rendered his initial decision on August 2, 2018. At its meeting on September 5, 2018, the Civil Service Commission (Commission) did not adopt the ALJ’s recommendation to uphold the 10 working day suspension. Rather, the Commission modified the penalty to a five working day suspension. The proposed final decision is now submitted for the Commission’s review.

           

B-23  MARCELLO ERRIGO AND JAMES WESTON - CSC DOCKET NOS. 2018-2495 AND 2018-2512

 

          Marcello Errigo and James Weston, represented by Lauren Sandy, Esq., appeal their bypass/removal from the eligible list for Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant (PC1572S), Passaic County, on the basis that they possessed an unsatisfactory employment record.

         

ACTION:     The Civil Service Commission directed that these matters be referred to the Office of Administrative Law for a hearing.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

No comment.

  

There being no further business before the Civil Service Commission, the meeting was adjourned to convene on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at 3 Station Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey.

 
 
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