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 SDCOE Personnel Commission Bids Farewell to Longtime Member

​The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Personnel Commission welcomed a new member and said thank you to a longtime appointee at its meeting Wednesday.

The Personnel Commission is a three-member panel responsible for the administration of a merit system, which governs the selection, retention, and promotion of classified employees in the public school system.

SDCOE retiree Jim Esterbrooks was appointed to the commission by the San Diego County Board of Education on Oct. 19 and begins his term on Dec. 1.

Eighteen-year veteran on the Personnel Commission, Mary Beall, celebrated her final Wednesday in the Jack Port Boardroom and said she looks forward to more golfing in her future.

"It's hard to believe it's been 18 years," said Beall, who is also an SDCOE retiree. She was the director of curriculum instruction and assessment for 15 years. "I've loved working with the competent and wonderful people in Human Resource Services."

Esterbrooks said he enjoyed his time at the County Office for 30 years and serving on the Personnel Commission is a nice way to stay involved. His first meeting will be Dec. 19, where he will join his fellow members, Miriam Rothman and Chuck Huskey.

SDCOE is one of 100 districts, out of about 1,100 districts in the state, to have the merit system. In San Diego County, there are only nine of out 42 districts with the merit system.

With rules and regulations embedded in the state education code, the commission ensures hiring is based on qualifications, not who you know. It also develops policies regarding job classification, recruitment, hiring, and compensation to guarantee employees are treated fairly and equitably.

Additionally, the commission is the independent body that will hear an employee's appeal following disciplinary action, termination, or on personnel policies and procedures.

The commission members are appointed to three-year terms. They have the support of SDCOE Human Resource Services staff as well as representatives from two employee associations.