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Richard Costigan, the State Personnel Board’s representative to the CalPERS Board of Administration, participates in a CalPERS meeting via computer at a hotel in St. Pete Beach, Fla., during the week of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 29, 2012. Costigan sat in the hotel lobby in the spirit of participating in a public meeting.

California State Personnel Board reelects officers

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 - 2:43 pm

The state’s merit system watchdog has reelected three of its officers for the 2014 calendar year.

Patricia Clarey, former chief of staff to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will return as president of the five-member panel. She is an executive with insurer Health Net Inc. and has also held top-level positions at Chevron Corp. and Transamerica Corp. Schwarzenegger appointed her to the board in 2005.

Kimiko Burton will return as vice president. Appointed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown last year, Burton has been deputy city attorney in San Francisco since 2003. Burton's father is John Burton, the former state Senate president pro tem and current chairman of the California Democratic Party.

Richard Costigan will continue to serve as the personnel board’s representative to CalPERS. A Schwarzenegger appointee in 2007, Costigan is a registered lobbyist with the law and consulting firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

The State Personnel Board is the constitutionally-created body that oversees California’s state merit system of employment. It decides on a number of related workplace matters, including contested disciplinary actions against state workers, establishes civil service rules, laws and policies and audits departments’ compliance with the merit system. Board members serve 10-year terms.

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