February 17, 2016 |
The city's director of human resources has resigned amid a revamping of the department by Mayor Kenney, which the chair of the city's Civil Service Commission said had caused "bad blood" between the administration and the department. Albert D'Attilio submitted a letter of resignation last week. In an email to The Inquirer, D'Attilio said his leaving was unrelated to changes at the office. But Civil Service Chair Doris A. Smith said frustrations in the human resources department had mounted as the administration worked around D'Attilio, often leaving him out of critical meetings and conversations.
February 16, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney wants to bring the city's Human Resources Department into 2016. To that end, he has tasked his newly appointed chief administrative officer with improving training and recruitment efforts within human resources to benefit the city's 25,000-plus workers. "We want to make it the best city workforce it can possibly be, and that requires some innovative thinking and thinking beyond what was prescribed in the Charter from 1951," said Rebecca Rhynhart, named to the newly created chief administrative officer position.
February 26, 2015 |
Bernard Borine, 92, a Cheltenham Township commissioner and a fund-raiser for Jewish causes, died of heart failure Monday, Feb. 23, at his home in Cheltenham. Mr. Borine was the owner of Capital Brokerage Co., a food brokerage in Philadelphia. He retired in 1988, leaving the business to his son. He was most widely known, however, for the volunteer work he did over the years on behalf of Jewish agencies and causes at the local and national levels. Mr. Borine served as a campaign chairman for the Philadelphia Allied Jewish Appeal and as an officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
June 13, 2014 |
New Jersey Democrats are seeking to invalidate new rules adopted by the Christie administration that they say threaten to upend the foundation of the state's civil service system. The state Civil Service Commission, composed of Christie appointees, last month adopted rules that changed the process by which employees in the executive branch are promoted. After taking initial exams to enter civil service, government employees are organized into so-called job bands, groupings of titles for those with similar duties and responsibilities.
June 18, 2013 |
New Jersey public employees are bracing for what their union leaders say is the latest anti-worker onslaught by the Christie administration. The New Jersey Civil Service Commission, all of whose members are Gov. Christie's appointees, has proposed sweeping changes it says would streamline the promotion process, making it easier to advance top-notch people. That's not how the unions see it. They say the changes would invite cronyism and political favoritism, discouraging state, county, and municipal workers who don't want to play politics.
June 13, 2013 |
IN BETWEEN compiling a sizable rap sheet and murdering the mother of his 6-year-old daughter last weekend, Anthony Serody got appointed this year to the commission that oversees the testing of new police officers in Folcroft Borough after working for the Delaware County Democrats. Police say Serody, 38, forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Prospect Park on Sunday and shot her in the face and chest. Jennifer Corrado, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene. Serody later shot himself in the head on Mario Lanza Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia.
January 4, 2013 |
Camden's plan to lay off all of its uniformed police officers has been approved by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, setting the stage for replacing the Police Department with a new county-run force. Mayor Dana L. Redd also announced Wednesday that the layoffs of about 270 officers are now tentatively set for April 30. "We cannot sit back and allow our children and families to experience another 2012. We have an opportunity to improve public safety by bringing back community policing and adding more law enforcement officers to patrol our neighborhoods and business corridors," Redd said in a statement.
December 5, 2012
The president of a municipal union filed a request Tuesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court for a temporary restraining order to stop Mayor Nutter from imposing salary and benefit conditions on 856 employees until the public can file objections. Michael J. Walsh, president of AFSCME Local 2186, representing supervisors in departments including Health, Human Services, the Free Library, and Parks and Recreation, argued that the pay and benefit changes should have been available for public comment for 30 days and then heard by the Civil Service Commission.
October 25, 2012 |
The city's Civil Service Commission on Wednesday approved a raft of changes to overtime, furlough, and other work regulations, giving Mayor Nutter a small victory in his effort to wring savings from the workforce. The changes, which still face hurdles before implementation, would affect about 900 "first level supervisors" represented by AFSCME Local 2186. The local is part of District Council 47, the white-collar municipal workers union, but does not have the same collective bargaining rights as the rest of the union.
October 5, 2012 |
TRENTON - Efforts to dismantle Camden's police department and replace it with a new county-run force got a critical boost Wednesday when the state Civil Service Commission granted the planned new force a temporary waiver from strict rules on hiring officers. The decision allows Camden County to opt out of civil-service rules for 12 months so it can more quickly hire an estimated 400 officers. Commission Chairman Robert M. Czech said the waiver facilitated "alternative personnel approaches" needed for elected officials to carry out their plan to try to lower Camden's high crime rate.