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

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

A regular meeting of the Merit System Board was held on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 , in Trenton , New Jersey .

 PRESENT: Ida L. Castro, Chairwoman, Merit System Board Members, 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, Presiding Board Member Howard 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 2, 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: October 14, 2003

TO: Ida L. Castro, Commissioner
Department of Personnel

FROM: Elizabeth Van Marter, Director
Human Resource Management

SUBJECT: Change in the Classification Plan

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs requests a three-range upward salary re-evaluation for the Director and Assistant Director of Nursing Services titles.

The Department cites a change in the accountability factors affecting the Hay evaluation. The job descriptions have been updated to reflect these changes, and the experience requirements have been increased. The Department also requests a title verbiage change at the Director's level for consistency in nomenclature.

This salary re-evaluation will place these titles on a par with their counterparts at Human Services who are performing similar duties.

CHANGE IN SALARY EVALUATION

Effective: 09/20/03

FROM:
Assistant Director of Nursing Services,
Nursing Homes Nursing Homes
M 24 -03864 I N4/12
Director of Nursing Services,
Soldiers Home Nursing Homes
M 27 - 03873 I N4/12

TO:
Assistant Director of Nursing Services,
Nursing Homes Nursing Homes
M 27 -03864 I N4/12
Director of Nursing Services,
Soldiers Home Nursing Homes
M 30 - 03873 I N4/12

WITHDRAWAL OF APPEALS

The following appeals were withdrawn and removed from the hearing calendar:

Darlene Canady, County Correction Sergeant, Department of Corrections, County of Hudson , indefinite suspension.

Frederick Henry, Building Maintenance Worker, Department of Public Works, County of Camden , suspension.

Marylou McGrath, Principal Clerk Typist, Department of Human Services, City of Hoboken, good faith layoff.

Edward O'Lone, Section Chief Health Care Facility, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Human Services, reassignment/reprisal.

Marcia DeLucca-Shinn, Probation Officer, Department of Judiciary, release at the end of the working test period.

Francis Winn, Senior Custodian, Newark School District , suspension.

DISMISSAL OF APPEALS - FAILURE TO APPEAR

The Merit System Board dismissed the following cases without prejudice for failure to appear at the scheduled hearing before the Office of Administrative Law:

John Baylor, Building Maintenance Worker, Building and Grounds Department, County of Burlington , release at the end of the working test period.

Omar Betancourt, Executive Housekeeper, Department of Long Term Care Services, County of Morris , suspension and demotion.

Marie Demas, Human Services Assistant, Hunterdon Developmental Center , Department of Human Services, release at the end of the working test period.

Deborah Hunt, Human Services Assistant, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Human Services, resignation not in good standing.

Michael Staley, Water Meter Reader, Water and Sewer Department, City of Newark , removal.

Warren Taylor , Senior Building Maintenance, Ramapo College , suspension.

Dennis Thompson, Senior Stock Clerk, Montclair State University , removal.

SECTION A - HEARING MATTERS

A-1 SETTLEMENTS
In the Matter of Keith Black
New Lisbon Developmental Center
Department of Human Services
Release at the end of the working test period

In the Matter of Deidre Burgess
County of Mercer
Department of Public Safety
Suspension

In the Matter of Dennis Burton
Judiciary Essex Vicinage
Suspension
In the Matter of Edgar Chen
County of Union
Department of Public Safety
Suspension

In the Matter of Charles Dombrowski
City of Union
Department of Public Safety
Suspension

In the Matter of Thomas Hayes
City of Newark
Police Department
Removal

In the Matter of Walter Hill
Department of Law and Public Safety
Suspension

In the Matter of William Kelly
County of Mercer
Department of Public Safety
Suspensions (2) Removals (2)

In the Matter of Marc Mason
Ancora Psychiatric Hospital
Department of Human Services
Suspension

In the Matter of Yancy Moiwo
Ancora Psychiatric Hospital
Department of Human Services
Suspension

In the Matter of Ralph Parqurek
County of Hudson
Suspension

In the Matter of Earnest Smith
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital
Department of Human Services
Resignation not in good standing
In the Matter of Nadine Vernon
New Lisbon Developmental Center
Department of Human Services
Removal

In the Matter of Lisa Wilkins
Township of Teaneck
Fire Department
Resignation not in good standing

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

ACTION: The Merit System Board acknowledged the settlements.

A-2 JAMES BONSPER

James Bonsper, Fire and Ambulance Dispatcher, City of Jersey City, Department of Fire and Safety Services, fine equal to 33 days' and 5.5 hours' pay, on charges of incompetency, inefficiency or failure to perform duties, insubordination and neglect of duty.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Modify the fine equal to 33 days' and 5.5 hours' pay to a 30-day suspension.

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

A-3 GLOUCESTER COUNTY LAYOFF

Kathleen McCann, Jeanne McManus and Anthony Strickland, various titles, County of Gloucester , appeal the good faith of their layoff effective May 20, 2002 , for reasons of economy and efficiency.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the layoff.

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

A-4 DAVID GOODMAN

David Goodman, Aide, Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Department of Human Services, release at the end of the working test period effective December 2, 1999 .

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 BONNIE SUE KROHN

Bonnie Sue Krohn, Omnibus Operator, County of Ocean , Department of Transportation and Vehicle Services, 60-day suspension on charges of incompetency, inefficiency or failure to perform duties, insubordination, conduct unbecoming a public employee, neglect of duty and other sufficient cause.

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

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

A-6 RICHARD SHEPPARD

Richard Sheppard, Senior Correction Officer, Southern State Correctional Facility, Department of Corrections, 30-day suspension on the charges of conduct unbecoming a public employee, verbal abuse, discrimination, and threatening, harassing, coercing, or interfering with fellow employees on state property.

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

ACTION: The Merit System Board modified the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge to a 120-day suspension.

A-7 BARRY BAILEY

Barry Bailey, Custodial Worker, Newark School District , removal effective

July 15, 2002 , on charges of insubordination, chronic or excessive absenteeism or lateness, 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-8 SHEILA HUGHES

Sheila Hughes, Investigator Public Defender, Law Guardian, Office of the Public Defender, removal effective January 28, 2000 , on charges of incompetency, inefficiency or failure to perform duties and neglect of duty.

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

ACTION: The Merit System Board modified the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge to uphold the removal.

A-9 BAISHAWN JONES

Baishawn Jones, Customer Service Representative 3, Department of Health and Senior Services, two removals effective May 20, 2002, on charges of insubordination, conduct unbecoming a public employee, and creating a hostile work environment.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Uphold the removals.

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

A-10 CHARLES MOTLEY

Charles Motley, Laborer, City of Newark, Engineering Department, removal effective March 17, 1999, on the charge of failure to comply with the City of Newark's residency ordinance.

Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge - Reverse the removal.

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

A-11 ERIC PRICE

Eric Price, Cottage Training Technician, New Lisbon Developmental Center , Department of Human Services, removal effective June 7, 2002 , on the charge of physical abuse of a client.

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

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

SECTION B - MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

B-1 GARY HUHN

Gary Huhn, represented by Timothy Smith, Esq., appeals his rejection as a County Correction Officer candidate by the County of Monmouth and its request to remove his name from the eligible list for County Correction Officer 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 IRENE LECHER

Irene Lecher, a Supervisor 2, Word Processing Center , with Trenton Psychiatric Hospital , Department of Human Services, appeals the denial of sick leave injury (SLI) benefits.

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

B-3 ALAN P. BORES

Alan P. Bores appeals the determination of the Division of Human Resource Information Services (HRIS) which upheld the removal of his name from the eligible list for Sheriff's Officer (S9999D), Burlington County on the basis that he did not complete pre-employment processing.

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

B-4 RENEE CABINESS

Renee Cabiness appeals the decision of Human Resource Information Services (HRIS), which upheld the removal of her name from the County Correction Officer (S9999A), Hudson County , eligible list based on an unsatisfactory employment record.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be granted but that the appellant's name be reflected on the February 22, 2000 certification as bypassed.

B-5 SETH JACKSON

Seth Jackson, represented by Steven J. Kossup, Esq., appeals the decision of Human Resource Information Services (HRIS), which found that the appointing authority had presented a sufficient basis to remove his name from the eligible list for Fire Fighter (M2070A), City of Newark , on the basis of an unsatisfactory background report.

ACTION: The Merit System Board directed that this appeal be denied and Seth Jackson's status be recorded as forever disqualified from public employment pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:51-2(d).

B-6 ASSISTANT BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR (M6334C)

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Assistant Business Administrator (M6334C), Township of Marlboro .

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

B-7 ASSISTANT CHIEF ACCOUNTANT (M1201B), NEWARK SCHOOL DISTRICT

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Assistant Chief Accountant (M1201B), Newark School District .

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request and waived the selection costs.

B-8 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FINANCE (M6634C), BOROUGH OF ROSELLE

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Assistant Director of Finance (M6634C), Borough of Roselle.

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

B-9 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, PUBLIC WORKS (M6895A), CITY OF PLAINFIELD

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Assistant Director, Public Works (M6895A), City of Plainfield .

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request and waived the selection costs.

B-10 CLAIMS INVESTIGATOR (M1446B AND M1584C), CITY OF BAYONNE

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Claims Investigator (M1446B and M1584C), City of Bayonne .

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

B-11 COORDINATOR OF MAINTENANCE SERVICES (C1458C), COUNTY OF ESSEX

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Coordinator of Maintenance Services (C1458C), County of Essex .

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

B-12 LICENSE INSPECTOR (M1357B), CITY OF LINDEN

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for License Inspector (M1357B), City of Linden .

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

B-13 LOAN ADVISOR (M1362B), CITY OF VINELAND

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Loan Advisor (M1362B), City of Vineland .

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

B-14 PERSONNEL AIDE (C1414B), SUSSEX COUNTY

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Personnel Aide (C1414B), Sussex County .

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

B-15 POLICE AIDE (M6736D), CITY OF PLAINFIELD

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Police Aide (M6736D), City of Plainfield .

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request and waived the selection costs.

B-16 PRINICIPAL OPERATIONS ANALYST (S6404B) BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Principal Operations Analyst (S6404B), Board of Public Utilities.

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request and directed that no selection costs be presently assessed.

B-17 PROGRAM TECHNICIAN (S0758C), DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Program Technician (S0758C), Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request and directed that no selection costs be presently assessed.

B-18 REPAIRER STATIONARY EQUIPMENT (M6125B) AND (M6787A), NEWARK

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Repairer Stationary Equipment (M6125B) and (M6787A), Newark Public Library.

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

B-19 SUPERVISOR, TRANSPORTATION AND VEHICLE MAINTENANCE (M1132A), TOWNSHIP OF NORTH BERGEN

The appointing authority requests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Supervisor, Transportation and Vehicle Maintenance (M1132A) Township of North Bergen .

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

B-20 VICKI SUTTON

The appointing authority petitions the Merit System Board for reconsideration of the final decision rendered on June 11, 2003 , which granted sick leave injury (SLI benefits to Vicki Sutton, a Senior Correction Officer at South Woods State Prison, Department of Corrections.

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

B-21 SEAN CHINSOON

Sean Chinsoon, a County Correction Officer with Monmouth County , Department of Corrections, seeks enforcement of the Merit System Board decision, rendered on August 12, 2003 , which awarded him back pay and benefits.

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted a hearing.

B-22 LAWRENCE DAVIS

Lawrence Davis, a Police Officer with the City of Trenton, represented by Kevin Kovacks, Esq., requests counsel fees in accordance with the Merit System Board decision, rendered on May 7, 2003, which reversed his removal. The appellant also requests an award of interest on his back pay award.

ACTION: The Merit System Board awarded counsel fees in the amount of $65,317.50 and costs in the amount of $30,334.25 but denied the request for interest.

B-23 JOHN CARTER

Bordentown Township , represented by Gregory J. Sullivan, Esq., requests interlocutory review of the decision of Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge Jeff S. Masin (ALJ) in John Carter v. Bordentown Township, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:1-14.10(a).

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request for interlocutory reviews and directed that the ALJ be reversed and the charges reinstated.

B-24 ROBIN BLOUNT

Robin Blount, Senior Correction Officer, South Woods State Prison, Department of Corrections, represented by Michael K. Sharp, PBA Local #105, appeals minor discipline of a five day suspension.

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

B-25 VERONICA ALLEN

Veronica Allen appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Administrative Analyst 4 (PS4635K), Ancora Psychiatric Hospital .

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

B-26 EILEEN BRAMBLE, ET AL.

Eileen Bramble, Kathy Brown, Gina Brownridge, Aritza Dones, Betty Jackson, Linda Michael, Charlene Pressley and Sherri Whitney appeal the determinations of the Division of Selection Services that found them to lack the experience requirements for the open-competitive examination for Investigator (S0095D), Statewide.

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

B-27 KENYATTA BRANT

Kenyatta Brant appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the Head Cottage Training Supervisor (PS4201K), Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital promotional examination.

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

B-28 ADAM BREWER

On behalf of Adam Brewer, the appointing authority 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 Youth Opportunity Coordinator (M6289E), Township of Montville .

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

B-29 NANCY BROWN, ET AL.

Nancy Brown, Gregory Canfield, Barbara Gribben, Amy Kapp, Richard Smith, and Robert Smith 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 Quality Assurance Specialist, Health Services (PS5027K), Hunterdon Developmental Center .

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

B-30 JOHN COLLAS

John Collas appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Assistant Supervisor, Public Works (PM1701D), Millburn .

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

B-31 MICHAEL CUSACK AND SADIE MONROE

Michael Cusack and Sadie Monroe appeal the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that they did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Supervising Omnibus Operator (PC0229E), Atlantic County .

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

B-32 ANNE DESANTIS

Anne DeSantis appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services that found that, per the substitution clause for education, she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Assistant Purchasing Agent (PM1835D), West Orange .

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

B-33 JOHN FLORA

John Flora appeals the determination of the division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirement for the promotional examination for Head Custodian (PM0501E), Jersey City School District .

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

B-34 MARY BETH HUBBARD

Mary Beth Hubbard 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 of Senior Citizen Activities (PM1827D), Teaneck .

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

B-35 GARY KARR AND ERIN O'BRIEN

Gary Karr appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the education and experience requirements for the open competitive examination for Principal Procedures Analyst (S6620D), Erin O'Brien 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 Principal Procedures Analyst (S6620D).

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

B-36 JESSICA KURST

Jessica Kurst appeals the determination of the division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Program Development Specialist (Developmental Disabilities) (PS6133K), Division of Developmental Disabilities.

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

B-37 BRENDA MANNING

Brenda Manning appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services that found that per the substitution clause for education, she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Technical Assistant, Personnel (PS4555K), Trenton Psychiatric Hospital .

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

B-38 HELENA MCEKRON

Helena McEkron appeals the decision of the Division of Selection Services that found that per the substitution clause for education she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Assistant Supervisor of Recreation (PS6600K), North Jersey Developmental Center .

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

B-39 EVERETT MILES

Everett Miles appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the open competitive examination for Field Service Supervisor 3 (Family Development) (S0026D), Division of Family Development.

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

B-40 AUDRIENE PAYNE, ET AL.

Audriene Payne appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services that she did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Investigator 3 (PS5416K), New Lisbon Developmental Center . Janet Swain-Czuba and Antoinette Robideau appeal the determination of the Division of Selection Services, that per the substitution clause for education, they did not meet the experience requirements for the promotional examination for Investigator 3 (PS5416K), New Lisbon Developmental Center .

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

B-41 JOYCE PIETRUSZEWSKI

Joyce Pietruszewski appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services that she did not meet the requirements for the promotional examination for Personnel Assistant (PM1366C), Jersey City School District .

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

B-42 DAVID RAFFO

David Raffo 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 Principal Procedures Analyst (S6620D).

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

B-43 ANTONIO SANCHEZ

Antonio Sanchez appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which denied him admittance to the open-competitive examination for Fire Fighter (M9999E).

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

B-44 DOMENICO SANSONE

Domenico Sansone appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he was below the minimum requirements in experience for the open competitive examination for Electrician (M0269D), Jersey City School District .

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

B-45 DHANKOTI SREEVATSAVA

Dhankoti Sreevatsava appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found him to be ineligible for failure to proved an evaluated foreign transcript for the open-competitive examination for Investigator (S0095D), Statewide.

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

B-46 ELIZABETH SPINA

Elizabeth Spina appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she did not meet the experience requirements for the Social Worker (Aging) (C0332D), Camden County, open competitive examination.

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

B-47 NANCY SULLIVAN

Nancy Sullivan appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the open competitive examination for Coordinator, Community Health Services (C6761D), Gloucester County .

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

B-48 JAMES SUSZYNSKI AND KATHY JO WALSH

James Suszynski and Kathy Jo Walsh 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 Labor Relations Specialist (PC1149D), Burlington County Board of Social Services.

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

B-49 DOROTHEA VACCARO

Dorothea Vaccaro appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that, per the substitution clause for education, she was below the minimum requirements in experience for the promotional examination for Labor Relations Specialist (PC1149D), Burlington County Board of Social Services.

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

B-50 RICKY WYLIE

Ricky Wylie 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 Administrative Analyst 1 (PS5845I), Department of Corrections.

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

B-51 MICHAEL BONIESKI, ET AL.

Michael Bonieski, John Cruise, Timothy Slack and Jamie Whithead appeal the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that they did not appear at the examination site at the designated time for the examination for Correction Sergeant (PS5613I), Department of Corrections.

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

B-52 AWILDA CONNER

Awilda Conner appeals her score on the promotional examination for Word Processing Operator (PC0188D), Passaic County .

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

B-53 CATHE HARRIS, ET AL.

Cathe Harris, Deborah Maasi, Sal Rizzitello, Lucille Sherwood, Velma Thompson, and Anita Yasin appeal their scores on the promotional examination Supervising Family Service Specialist 1 (PS8217K), Division of Youth and Family Services.

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

B-54 LORI HULL

Lori Hull appeals her score on the promotional examination for Quality Assurance Specialist, Health Services (PS5027K), Hunterdon Developmental Center .

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

B-55 ZELVA HANNIBAL

Zelva Hannibal appeals the denial of her request for make-up examinations for Employment and Training Specialist 2 (PS6655N), Department of Labor, and Employment Services Specialist 2 (PS6656N), Department of Labor.

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

B-56 SHALABY AKBAR

Shalaby Akbar petitions the Merit System Board for reconsideration of its decision rendered on August 12, 2003 in which the Board determined that the Division of Selection Services correctly denied his eligibility for the promotional examination for Head Cottage Training Supervisor (PS3360K), Trenton Psychiatric Hospital .

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request.

B-57 PATRICIA GIORDANO

Patricia Giordano seeks a retroactive permanent appointment date in the title of Administrative Secretary for seniority and record purposes.

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

B-58 STEPHEN ALAIMO ET AL.

Stephen Alaimo, Robert Blount, John Chanda, Frank Cianfrani, Joseph Ciprich, John Cunningham, Harry Dahlman, Robert Davidson, Mary Dice, Robert Flynn, Harry Foltyn, Danny Gale, James Gfell, Gregory Hall, Keith Hatchell, Natalie Hood, Frank Jackson, Jacqueline Jones, Matthew Knight, Rafael Liberato, Russell Phillips, Eric Qualls, Carlyle Richie, Barbara Rochow, Robert Ryan, Dennis Saunders, Joseph Schoonover, Terrance Snyder, Luis Soto, Robert Spitzer, James Steed, Wayne St. Aubyn, Kurt Stocker, Thomas Stremme, Ronald Tomlin, Sean Tonner, Clarence Vanpelt, Charles Warren, Stacy Wilson, and Donald Zawojski appeal the promotional examination for Correction Lieutenant (PS4598I), Department of Corrections.

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

B-59 POLICE SERGEANT (PM2571A), CITY OF PLAINFIELD

The City of Plainfield appeals the determination of Human Resources Information Services, which denied its request for a certification from the list for Police Sergeant (PM2571A), City of Plainfield .

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

B-60 WILLIS PARKER AND EMMANUEL UME

William J. Lanni, Manager 1, Human Resources, Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, on behalf of Willis Parker and Emmanuel Ume, requests relaxation of N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.6(a) and N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.12 to allow Messrs. Parker and Ume to sit for the promotional examination for Program Coordinator, Mental Health (PS7426K), Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital.

ACTION: The Merit System Board granted the request.

B-61 COMPUTER OPERATOR (M6001B), CITY OF ELIZABETH

The appointing authority re1quests permission not to make an appointment from the certification for Computer Operator (M6001B), city of Elizabeth .

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

B-62 MERIT SYSTEM BOARD MINUTES

The Merit System Board Minutes for the meeting of December 3, 2003 are submitted for adoption.

ACTION: The Merit System Board adopted the minutes of its meeting of December 3, 2003 .

B-63 ERIC W. BECK

Eric W. Beck, represented by Paul L. Kleinbaum, Esq., appeals his rejection as a Police Sergeant candidate by Rockaway Township and its request to remove his name from the eligible list for Police Sergeant (PM2563B) on the basis of psychological unfitness.

ACTION: The Merit System Board referred the matter for independent evaluation.

B-64 DAVID FIGUEROA

The appeal of David Figueroa, a Police Officer with the City of Newark , of his 10-day suspension, six-month suspension, and removal effective February 20, 2001 , on charges was heard by Administrative Law Judge Margaret M. Monaco (ALJ), who rendered her initial decision on October 10, 2003 . At its meeting on December 3, 2003 , the Merit System Board (Board) ordered that this matter be remanded to the Office of Administrative Law. The proposed decision is now submitted for the Board's review.

ACTION: The Merit System Board adopted the decision.

VOTE: Ida L. Castro (Abstained)

Josephine DiRienzo (Yes)

Margaret E. L. Howard (Yes)

Robert J. Long (Yes)

B-65 KEVIN GEORGE

The appeal of Kevin George, a Police Sergeant with City of Newark , of his removal effective April 11, 2001 on charges, was heard by Administrative Law Judge Robert J. Giordano (ALJ), who rendered his initial decision on October 23, 2003 to uphold the removal. At its meeting on December 3, 2003 , the Merit System Board (Board) did not adopt the ALJ's recommendation. Rather the Board reversed the removal. The proposed decision is now submitted for the Board's review.

ACTION: The Merit System Board adopted the decision.

VOTE: Ida L. Castro (Abstained)

Josephine DiRienzo (Yes)

Margaret E. L. Howard (Yes)

Robert J. Long (Yes)

B-66 ROCKY REMBERT

The appeal of Rocky Rembert, a Senior Correction Officer at East Jersey State Prison, Department of Corrections, of his release at the end of his working test period, effective January 7, 2003 , was heard by Administrative Law Judge Jesse H. Strauss (ALJ), who rendered his initial decision on October 12, 2003 . At its meeting on December 3, 2003 , the Merit System Board (Board) adopted the ALJ's recommendation to reverse the release. The proposed final decision is now submitted for the Board's review.

ACTION: The Merit System Board adopted the final decision.

VOTE: Ida L. Castro (Abstained)

Josephine DiRienzo (Yes)

Margaret E. L. Howard (Yes)

Robert J. Long (Yes)

B-67 JAMES DOWLING

James Dowling appeals the determination of the Division of Selection Services, which found that he did not meet the experience requirements for the examination for Principal Engineering Aide (M0461E), Marlboro Township .

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

B-68 ANGELA RIVERA

Angela Rivera appeals her score on the promotional examination for Supervisor of Data Entry Machine Operations (PC1098B), Essex County .

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

B-69 EARLY SETTLEMENTS

Toni Carlock-Lacovara

Borough of Fairview

List bypass

Eric Charris

Village of Ridgewood

Suspension

Sherren Samaroo

Department of the Judiciary

Release at the end of the working test period

Bryan Satterfield

Vineland Developmental Center

Department of Human Services

Suspension.

Luz Hibbert

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Removal

ACTION: The Merit System Board acknowledged the settlements.

There being no further business before the Merit System Board, the meeting was adjourned to convene on Wednesday, January 7, 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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