December 2020: Volume 3, Issue 4

Our Mission: To provide merit-based, innovative workforce solutions which enable state government to attract, develop and retain a productive, diverse and engaged workforce that excels in delivering quality services to the citizens of Louisiana.

Department of Corrections Probation & Parole Director Pete Fremin
attended his last meeting as
State Civil Service Commission Employee Representative
before his retirement.

We appreciate his
dedicated service!
State Civil Service featured the Regional Program Specialist Unit at the Department of Children & Family Services
as our November Employee Spotlight.

Read more about their nomination!
This team assesses performance measures determining areas needing development or improvement and creates plans of intervention to support practice and performance improvement in the form of training, coaching, consultations, group supervision and much more. 

  • Ellen Hammons (Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria Regions)
  • Kim McCain (Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria Regions)
  • Jacqueline “Jackie” Calandro (Covington, Orleans and Thibodeaux Regions)
  • Adrian Piper-Key (Covington, Orleans and Thibodeaux Regions)
  • Nell Aucoin (Lafayette, EBR and Lake Charles Regions)
  • Fertaeshia Broussard (Lafayette, EBR and Lake Charles Regions)
  • Renee Spell (Lafayette, EBR and Lake Charles Regions)
  • Stacey Mire- QIC-WD Workforce Development Training Coordinator/Consultant

Jackie Calandro assessed an extraordinary need to support the excessive turnover in the Orleans region, which caused an increase in caseload work, an overwhelming backlog, the need to hire a lot of new and experienced staff and with limited resources. With the support of Administration, the Orleans Project was formed. Jackie, Ellen Hammons and Kim McCain all physically worked in N.O. from December through March 13th and continued remote work (working cases, going into the field to see clients, training staff and mentoring supervisors), each going above and beyond the call of duty. Adrian Piper-Key joined the project and the region and provided assistance anywhere needed, without missing a beat, and continues to work with Jackie to meet best outcomes for the Covington, Orleans and Thibodeaux Regions. 

Nell Aucoin and Fertaeshia Broussard in the central area are supporting the implementation of a new national Workforce Development Project as well as the state’s Program Improvement Plan requirements. Support of the Workforce Development Project has involved creating trainings, teaching and monitoring practice. They have supported the full development of the Child Welfare Assessment and Decision Making tool, and in addition to Ellen, Kim, Jackie and Renee they have supported teaching, consulting and guiding practice. This has required them to create, write and teach curriculum to all levels of staff.

I cannot forget all of the work Renee Spell did for our RPS team, which has involved individual practice guidance, small and large group work. She too joined the Workforce Development project team, creating the review instrument for the evaluation phase of the project. Even when promoting to a new position, she still commits to seeing the project to success. This is not just a job for her. 

Stacey Mire is the QIC-WD project Training Coordinator/Consultant. She has taken leadership to a new level by ensuring all essential pieces of the project receive attention and the support to achieve success. She has gone above and beyond by creating a fantastic newsletter which keeps everyone involved. It has been phenomenal to work with her.

As you can see, this group works with pride, passion and concern for their partners, the child welfare practice, our staff and the families we serve.  

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to submit this wonderful group. The work they do and the spirit in which they do it is just humbling. 
State Civil Service and the Baton Rouge Testing & Recruiting Center will be closed on the following dates for the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

  • December 24-25, 2020
  • December 31, 2020
  • January 1, 2021

There will be no testing on these days.
Our new online retirement account management tool, myLASERS, will replace Member Self-Service in December. This new site will require all LASERS members and benefit recipients to create a new account and set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). 

Before creating your new account, it is critical to check that your physical address, phone number and email address are up to date with LASERS. You can do this by logging into the current Member Self-Service system here and reviewing the Personal Information page.

Active members must update it with their employing agency (both HR and payroll). Retirees should submiForm 01-02: Change of Address to LASERS.

An email will be sent when myLASERS is live in December. If you are not already on our email list, you may sign up here.
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