The Personnel Commission Annual Report 2008-2009

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					                           Joint Appointee – Don W. Fowler
                           With family roots in Kern County dating back to 1923, Don was
                           born in Bakersfield in 1949 and graduated from Bakersfield High
                           School in 1967. Following high school, Don joined the United
                           States Marine Corps and completed a tour of duty in Viet Nam.
                           He returned to Bakersfield and while attending Bakersfield College,
                           he embarked on a 37-year career in school transportation. Don
                           started his career with the Kern High School District and it ended
                           with his retirement in 2008 from the Kern County Superintendent
                           of Schools Office as the administrator of Maintenance, Operations
                           & Transportation. Don has been married to his wife Susan for
17 years. Together they have four children and six grandchildren. Don was appointed to the
Commission on November 1, 2008.
                                                                                                    The Personnel Commission
                              Classified Employees Association Appointee
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                              – Benny E. Langley
                              Born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1939, Benny moved to Kern County
                              with his family in 1942. They were among the last exodus from the
                              “dust bowl” era, and came to Kern County as migrant farm workers.
                              Benny attended school in the Vineland School District and graduated
                              from Arvin High School in 1957. He then served three years in the
                              U.S. Army. Afterwards, Benny attended Bakersfield Community
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                              College, Cal State Bakersfield, and Pepperdine University, where
                              he earned a master’s degree in 1976. Benny worked in the public
                              schools system for 32 years; most of his career was with the Kern
County Superintendent of Schools Office. He served as division administrator for Internal
Business Services, and later as division administrator for the Fiscal Crisis and Management
Assistance Team (FCMAT) before retiring in 1995. Benny has been married to his wife Wanda
for 51 years. They have one son and four grandchildren. Benny was appointed to the Commission
on December 1, 2003.


                           Board of Education Appointee – Vincent Rojas, Jr.
                           Vince is a Bakersfield native. He attended Garces Memorial High
                           School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from
                           St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. Vince attended Western
                           CUNA Management School at Pomona College, CUNA Financial
                           Management Schools I and II at the University of Colorado, and
                           the Executive Development Program CCUL at Stanford University.
                           Vince is president/CEO of Kern Schools Federal Credit Union
                           (elected in 1989). He’s been employed by the credit union since
                           1976, and has served as a loan manager, assistant general manager,
                           and executive vice president. Vince is active in the community – he
serves on numerous boards and committees. He has been married to his wife Linda for 44 years.
They have two daughters, Ashlee and Angela, and one grandson. Vince was appointed to the
Commission on February 1, 1997.
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What is the Merit System?                                                                                                      AnnuAl RepoRt of ActivitieS

The Merit System is a set of laws, rules and procedures similar to the “civil service   Recruitment Activities:                                                               2008-09                    2007-08                   2006-07
system” at the Federal and State level, and is the method by which classified school
                                                                                        Job Announcements: ..........................................................69 ...................... 112 ..................... 112
employees are governed. The fundamental purpose of the Merit System is to
ensure that employees are selected, promoted, and retained without favoritism           Total Number of Applicants: ........................................3,448 ..................3,329 ..................2,796
or prejudice, on the basis of merit and fitness. The Merit System is administered       Applicants Meeting Minimum Requirements: ...2,019 ..................2,237 ..................1,961
by the Personnel Commission, which is an independent body composed of three
citizens appointed for three-year staggered terms (except for the initial term)         Applicants Tested:..............................................................1,310 ..................1,534 ..................1,360
under California Education Code.                                                        Applicants Interviewed: ..................................................1,040 ..................1,180 ..................1,004

Merit System Law requires the Personnel Commission to accomplish the                    Applicants ranked on Eligibility Lists: ....................... 726 ..................... 891 ..................... 750
following:
                                                                                        employment Activities:                                                                2008-09                    2007-08                   2006-07
        Ensure employees are hired in accordance with Commission Rules and
         Merit System Law on the basis of merit and fitness, without favoritism,        Eligibility Lists Developed:................................................66 ...................... 108 ..................... 103
         interference or influence.                                                     New Regular Employees: ................................................ 158 ..................... 144 ..................... 221
        Ensure hiring and promoting employees on the basis of ability, with
                                                                                        Promotions: .............................................................................26 ........................14 ........................57
         open competition in initial hiring.
        Assist in the process of retaining employees on the basis of performance,      Non-Permanent Employees: ......................................... 786 ..................... 669 ..................... 464
         correcting inadequate performance and separating those whose                   Transfers:....................................................................................8..........................11 ........................15
         inadequate performance cannot be corrected.
                                                                                        Resignations:............................................................................62 ........................39 ........................96
        D etermine job-relate d e ducational and work exp erience
         requirements.                                                                  Terminations: ..........................................................................24 .........................8..........................18
        Ensure objective, job-related tests.                                           Retirements:.............................................................................17 ........................12 .........................8
        Provide for the establishment of eligibility lists.                            Layoffs/In Lieu of Layoff: ............................................... 5/11 .....................1/2 ......................0/1
        Provide for announcement of job vacancies to employees and the public          Deceased: ...................................................................................1...........................0...........................0
         as appropriate.
        Classify or reclassify positions.
                                                                                        Job Descriptions Created/Modified: .......................10/14.....................42 ........................34
        Ensure that employees doing like work are classified the same and
         receive like pay.                                                              Reclassifications/Reallocation Requests: ..................1/0 .......................15 ........................16
        Establish reasonable causes for demotion, suspension and dismissal.            Reclassifications/Reallocation Approved: ................3/0 .......................10 ........................14
        Hear appeals of permanent employees who have been suspended,
         demoted or dismissed.
                                                                                        Retention Ratios:
        Provide for fair and impartial rules and consistency of administration
         of the same.                                                                   Number of Regular Classified Employees: .............1,536 ..................1,349 ..................1,375
        Assure fair treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of            Regular Classified Employees Hired: ......................... 158 ..................... 144 ..................... 221
         personnel administration without regard to race, color, religion, sex,         Regular Classified Employees Separated: ................ 109 .......................62 ...................... 123
         age, political affiliation, national origin, or disability which may be
         reasonably accommodated, and with proper regard for their private
         and constitutional rights as citizens.                                         Percentage of Turnover: ...................................................7.1% ....................4.7% ....................8.9%