Marston Nominated as New Personnel Commissioner

The School Board nominates Larry Marston as the new Personnel Commission following Michael Palmer’s resignation.

Written by PROMISE LI / Published October 12, 2012  

Larry Marston was nominated as the new Personnel Commissioner at the September 26 regular Board of Education Meeting. School Board President Matt Smith expressed the Board’s intent to officially appoint him to office at a public hearing within 30-45 days.

The Personnel Commissioner’s role is to oversee the Merit System with the classified staff by handling the process of employment, promotion, classification, and job descriptions.

There are three Commissioners in total serving their tenures concurrently.

The five school board members unanimously nominated Marston over three other candidates, former School Board Member Janet Rhee, Ann Seitz, and former City Councilmember Dan Arrighi.

The post became vacant after Assistant Superintendent Julio Fonseca announced the resignation of Personnel Commissioner Michael Palmer on the September 20.

She expressed that eligible candidates must be registered voters who reside within district boundaries and be of “known adherence” to the principles of the Merit System.

The school board interviewed the candidates for the vacant position at the start of the meeting.

Only three of the four candidates were interviewed, as Arrighi was unable to attend the meeting.

Robin Penn, the president of the Temple City Chapter of California School Employees Association (CSEA 105), showed five letters of approval to encourage the Board to appoint Ann Seitz to the position.

The Board ultimately rejected the nomination of Ann Seitz by a vote of 2-3, and Janet Rhee by 5-0.

Marston’s tenure will begin at the day of his official appointment, with his term lasting for duration of three years.

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