The Personnel Commission is a five-member, independent body. It is the mainstay of the Merit System. Commissioners are private citizens who must be known adherents to the merit principle.
Commissioners are appointed for staggered three-year terms, and may be reappointed
upon their showing a continued interest and support of Merit System principles and practices.
Two Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Trustees, two are appointed by the
classified employees through their exclusive representative, CSEA (California School
Employees Association). The fifth Commissioner is appointed by the other four Commissioners.
The Commissioners are responsible for guaranteeing that employment, retention and
promotion for all classified employees are based on Merit System principles.
With the advent of collective bargaining in the public educational field, functions
performed by personnel commissions take on an added significance. The necessity of
objective information and classification decisions unaltered by labor or management
pressures, protection of the rights of non-represented employees and an independent
body which can hear employee appeals in an impartial manner are all vital to the efficient
and economic operations of a school or college district and to the benefit of the
Personnel Commission Meetings
The Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month and operates on a Fiscal Year
Additional meeting agendas and minutes can be found in Archives.
Dr. Joseph P. Metoyer, Jr. is the current Chair of the Personnel Commission, and is an appointee of the District's Board of Trustees. Dr. Metoyer is the pastor/teacher
of ACTS - A Church That Studies in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Metoyer has served as Commissioner
at Santa Monica College since 2001 and is actively involved in the community. Board
of Trustees appointee (Term expires 12/01/2024)
Joy O. Abbott, Vice Chair of the Personnel Commission is also an appointee of the Board of Trustees. Commissioner Abbott has over three
decades of experience in the entertainment industry, formerly as Senior Vice President
of Distribution at both Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (retired). Commissioner
Abbott also served for 14 years on the Personnel Board of the City of Santa Monica,
most recently as Chairperson. Board of Trustees appointee (Term expires 11/30/25)
Deborah Jansen is one of the two CSEA appointees on the Personnel Commission. While employed at
SMC for 14 years, Commissioner Jansen worked diligently to preserve and strengthen
the Merit System and was a member of many District-wide committees. Now a Principal
Human Resources Specialist at Los Angeles Unified School District, she was appointed
Commissioner in 2006. CSEA appointee (Term expires 12/01/2024)
Barbara Greenstein is a CSEA appointee on the Personnel Commission. Formerly a Deputy City Attorney at
the City of Santa Monica (retired), where she specialized in labor and employment
law, she also worked at the Santa Monica Rent Control Board and the Legal Aid Foundation
of Los Angeles. Barbara is a strong supporter of collective bargaining and the merit
system. (Term expires 11/30/23)
Lawrence Leone is an appointee of the Personnel Commission. Commissioner Leone is a certified specialist
in Family Law and was formerly a partner in the law firm of Trope and Trope. Commissioner
Leone served two terms on the Los Angeles County Bar Association of Trustees and is
chief legal counsel for Island Outpost, a nonprofit corporation that promotes international
science projects and education. He has been a resident of Santa Monica for four decades
and is certified in mediation and collaborative law. Personnel Commission appointee
(Term expires 11/30/2025)
The Personnel Commission compiles an annual report summarizing actions taking during
meetings over the Fiscal Year.