Personnel Commission

  • The Personnel Commission meets once a month at a regularly scheduled public meeting, generally at 4:30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Board Room at 1717 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    310-450-8338 phone, 310-450-0898 fax.


    Lauren Robinson
    Term expires: November 30, 2024

    Mahshid Tarazi
    Term expires: November 30, 2026

    Phillip Tate
    Term expires: November 30, 2025

    Joshua Kahn, Director of Classified Personnel  310-450-8338, ext. 70280
    Julie Younan, Personnel Analyst  310-450-8338, ext. 70271

    The Personnel Commission is the mainstay of the merit system (a method of personnel management designed to promote the efficiency and economy of the workforce and the good of the public by providing for the selection and retention of employees, in-service promotional opportunities, and other related matters, on the basis of merit and fitness). It is an independent body composed of three persons appointed for three-year staggered terms. Commissioners are laypersons who must be known adherents of the merit principle. The Personnel Commission is responsible for maintaining a merit system for classified employees of the school system and for fostering the advancement of a career service for such employees. The Personnel Commission is responsible for recruitment, examination and selection activities, classification of positions, salary recommendations, disciplinary and dismissal appeal hearings, and the development and administration of Merit Rules.