San Luis Obispo Civil Service Commission
San Luis Obispo, California
- Steve Simas, Founder and Owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd., recently completed an annual training of he San Luis Obispo County Civil Service Commission
(Commission). The training was regarding the history, purpose, process, and procedures of the Commission. Simas & Associates, Ltd. has served as outside counsel for the Commission since 2012.
"In order to effectively advise the Commission," Mr. Simas explained, "I need to ensure that all of the members understand their individual and collective role. The best way to do that is by providing an annual training regarding the Commission itself. By learning the Commission's own history and the motivation behind its creation, the individual members better understand the goals behind it. Then, they will have a better handle on how to effectively wield the different tools, processes, and procedures, as well as authority, available to it."
The Commission oversees administration of San Luis Obispo County's Civil Service system. It is comprised of members appointed by the Board of Supervisors
to serve four year terms. In this capacity, the Commission prescribes, interprets and enforces the Civil Service rules
. They hold regular, public meetings the fourth Wednesday of every month
"They serve a very important function in public employment," Mr. Simas continued. "They uphold the meritocracy that we expect from the private sector. And they do so by enacting clear rules and applying them consistently and fairly. They also do so through hearing grievances and conducting disciplinary hearings for public employees. All of these aspects are set-up to ensure that the qualified obtain and remain in public employment."
The training took place in San Luis Obispo on January 23. All members of the Comission attended as well as numerous San Luis Obispo County officials and representatives. To assist in presenting the material, Mr. Simas and the staff at Simas & Associates, Ltd. put together a comprehensive powerpoint presentation reviewing key aspects of the training. To review the powerpoint presentation, please click here
"The training was a success," Mr. Simas stated. "I had multiple attendees thank and praise me for the grounded explanation of the Commission and their function."
"Also, I cannot thank my staff enough for all of the help they provided," Mr. Simas concluded. "Jimy and Rachelle helped out a lot in researching, proofing, and revising the materials that became the powerpoint. It really added to the presentation for the attendees. And it helped me stay on point as the presenter."