Personnel Commission

BackgroundThe Personnel Commission was established July 18, 1979 and is governed by Municipal Code Chapter 2.72.

The Commission's function and duties include:
  • Make any investigation upon request of the City Council, concerning the administration of the personnel system and report its findings to the City Council and City Manager;
  • Hear appeals on grievance matters for final decision except for such matters as may be submitted to final and binding arbitration;
  • Hear appeals from decisions of the City Manager or his/her designee made pursuant to the employer-employee relations resolution;
  • Determine hearing procedures and select hearing officers and advisory arbitrators for hearings (subject to provisions of the MOU);
  • Review impasse matters as provided in the employer employee relations resolution; and
  • Perform such other functions as may be prescribed by ordinance or resolution.
Documents/Procedures Meeting Times and DatesThe Personnel Commission holds regular quarterly meetings on the third Wednesday of January, April, July and October  at 5:30 PM in Room B-8 of City Hall. All meetings are open to the public and special meetings may be called in conformance with the Ralph M. Brown Act.

Agendas & Minutes
Current Agendas & Minutes     (2019 - Present)

Archived Agendas & Minutes   (2010 - 2018)  

Members and Appointments
Effective June 30, 2012, the Personnel Commission will consist of five members. The members must be residents of the City of Huntington Beach and are appointed by the City Council to serve for terms of two years, limited to two consecutive terms. The terms shall be staggered so that the number of terms expiring in any year shall not vary by more than one from the number of terms expiring in any other year. Terms shall expire on June 30 of the appropriate year. No member shall hold any paid office or employment in the city government while serving on the commission or for a period of one year after ceasing to be a member. Members shall be subject to removal by motion of the City Council, adopted by the affirmative votes of a majority of the total membership thereof.

In the event a member retires or is unable to complete their term, an appointment shall be made to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. To apply to become a member, please fill out the Boards & Commission Application.

Commission MembersKatherine Elford- Chair
Dianne Thompson- Vice-Chair
Charles Barsam
Justin Betance
Ron Pascual

City Council LiaisonsMayor Gracey Van Der Mark
Mayor Pro Tem Pat Burns