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Personnel Commission


Westminster School District adopted the Merit System on June 15, 1965. The Personnel Commission provides assistance to the Board of Trustees, Superintendent of Schools, District, site Administration and District staff to ensure that the practices and principles of the Merit System are upheld while simultaneously providing quality services to ensure proper support is available to the District's schools. The merit system is based upon these general principles: employment and promotion on the basis of merit, as shown by competitive examination; career service; like pay for like service; impartial hearing of appeals from disciplinary actions; prohibition against discrimination. Legal guidelines for the merit system in California school districts are outlined in Education Codes 45250, 45320 and 88000 to 88180.

Tom Connolly 

Tom Connolly - Chairperson

Mr. Connolly has been a member of the Commission since 1996 and has served as the Treasurer of the Orange County Personnel Commissioners Association for over 10 years.  He has had over 25 years of experience as the Chief Business Officer and Director of Audit, Budget and Finance at four other Southern California school districts.  During all of these years of active service, he has also volunteered to serve on Hiring Committees for many other school districts in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, to assist these districts in selecting the best possible candidates for numerous classified positions.  Mr. Connolly received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State University, Long Beach.  Mr. Connolly is married and has two grown children.

Louis Fermelia

Louis Fermelia

Mr. Fermelia has been a member of the Commission since 1995.  He served as the Assistant General Manager the Systems Division at Hughes Aircraft Company's Space and Communications Group.  Prior to his retirement, he was the Program Manager of the GOES Weather Satellite Program among many other Program responsibilities.  He is employed as a Senior Management Consultant for H. Silver & Associates.  Mr. Fermelia received a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and a Masters of Engineering from University California Los Angeles.  Mr. Fermelia is married and has four grown children.

 Robin Jones - Chairperson

Mrs. Jones has been a member of the Commission since 2001.  She is retired from her position as a parole agent for the State of California after 32 years of service.  Mrs. Jones received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles and her Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach.  Mrs. Jones is married and has one grown son.

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