Personnel Commission & Merit System

The Personnel Commission is an independent body responsible for maintaining the Merit System for classified employees and overseeing the work of the Executive Director and the Personnel Commission staff. 

Mr. Michael J. Henry is a joint appointee effective December 1, 2011, and reappointed for a three-year term effective December 1, 2017.

Dr. Sharon Dezutti's re-nominated by SEIU was approved by the County Superintendent, November 13, 2018. Her re-appointment was effective December 01, 2018 for a three-year term.

Mrs. Anita Ford was re-appointed by the County Superintendent effective December 1, 2016 for a three-year term. Mrs. Ford retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District as the Personnel Director in December 2005 and has been an active member of the Personnel Commission of the Los Angeles County Office of Education since 1990. She is active in numerous professional and community organizations.

Personnel Commission

The office of Personnel Commission performs the following organizational services for the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE):
  • Recruiting and testing candidates for employment
  • Performing position classification and reclassification studies
  • Conducting salary studies and surveys
  • Holding hearings on appeals of disciplinary actions
  • Providing classified staff training programs
For more information about Personnel Commission and its meetings, please follow the links on the left.
Merit System

The Merit System is a method of personnel management that is designed to promote the efficiency and economy of the workplace and the public good. It guides the selection and retention of classified employees, promotional opportunities, in-service training, and other related matters on the basis of merit, fitness, and the principle of "like pay for like work."
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The California Education Code provides that the Personnel Commissioners shall:
  • Classify positions
  • Recommend salary ranges to the Board of Education based on the principle of “like pay for like work”
  • Hear appeals of discipline and dismissal, as well as protests involving examinations
  • Hiring and promoting classified employees on the basis of ability, with open competition in employment
  • Conduct fair and objective recruitment, selection, and appointment procedures that result in the establishment of eligibility lists to fill vacancies with qualified staff
  • Assure fair treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of personnel administration without regard to political affiliation, race, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or religious creed; including proper regard for privacy and constitutional rights as citizens
  • Prescribe rules and regulations related directly and indirectly to such described personnel practices. Description of the Personnel Commission functions are provided in Sections 45220 through 45320 of the California Education Code