March 2022: Volume 5, Issue 1

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.
State Civil Service Creates Realistic Job Preview Videos
Working with agencies to create realistic job preview videos has been a great tool in helping with recruitment. Potential candidates are able to get a behind-the-scenes look at certain positions within state government. Does your agency have a hard to fill position that you think would be interesting to highlight? Let us know!

CPTP Launches New Season of Success Series Webinars
This year's new format brings even more in-depth topics, guests, and opportunities for you to participate in the programs. A new segment, Success Series Salute, allows you to nominate a state employee who has gone above and beyond in their service to the state and the citizens they serve. 

Excellent Compliance Audits
State Civil Service would like to commend the following agencies for an excellent Compliance Audit:

  • Acadiana Area Human Services District—Perfect Report!
  • Northeast Delta Human Services Authority—Perfect Report!
  • Board of Regents
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Sabine River Authority

These agencies achieved 90% compliance or higher in all categories audited, had no areas of concern, and no major rule violations. Acadiana Area Human Services District and Northeast Delta Human Services Authority received a perfect report, achieving 100% compliance in all categories audited! The results received by these agencies show the value and importance of excellence they place on Civil Service rule compliance. They are to be commended for a job well done!

Acadiana Area Human
Services District

Jennifer Stelly, HR Director
Jennifer Sonnier, HR Analyst
Northeast Delta Human
Services Authority

Jamaile Burton, HR Analyst
Tina Hill Conley, HR Director
Delores Harris, Administrative Assistant 4
Chauncey Strange, HR Specialist
State Civil Service and the Baton Rouge Testing & Recruiting Center will be closed on Friday, April 15, in observance of Good Friday. There will be no testing on this day.
SCS Provides Telework Resources
Louisiana Civil Service League honored
Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Award Recipients
This award, named for the founder of the League and co-author of the original Civil Service Law in Louisiana, is presented to employees in a classified merit system who have distinguished themselves by service over and above the call of duty. Over 800 State and local classified civil service employees have been honored with this prestigious award for their distinguished service since the award's inception in 1958.

Winners of the 62nd annual Charles E. Dunbar, Jr., Career Service Award, presented by the Louisiana Civil Service League, were announced on February 7, 2022, by Daniel E. Sullivan, Executive Vice President of the League. They received the award during the annual luncheon, which took place on February 11, 2022, in New Orleans.

The 12 honorees for 2020-2021 were:
William K. Bickham
Angie, Louisiana
Corrections Deputy Warden, B.B. "Sixty" Rayburn Correctional Center, Department of Public Safety and Corrections

Catherine Brindley
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Public Information Director, Division of Administration/ Office of State Registrar

Jean Guinta
Metairie, Louisiana
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Children and Family Services/Economic Stability

Don C. Johnson
Pride, Louisiana
Deputy Undersecretary, Department of Transportation and Development

Helena Johnson
New Orleans, Louisiana
Administrative Program Specialist, LSU Agricultural Center - Southeast Region

Jonathan Brett Laird
Folsom, Louisiana
Agricultural & Environmental Specialist Administrative Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Kathleen Lobell
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Accountant Manager 4, State Treasurer's Office

Phillip Macaluso
Independence, Louisiana
Traffic Operations Construction Maintenance Manager, Department of Transportation and Development Traffic Operations

Cynthia "Cindy" Anne Park
Angola, Louisiana
Nurse Practitioner, Louisiana State Penitentiary-Angola Medical Department, Department of Public Safety and Corrections

Aeli Poydras
New Orleans, Louisiana
Human Resources Division Administrator, Louisiana State Civil Service

Lydia Coco Scales
Gonzales, Louisiana
Retired from Child Support Enforcement, Department of Children and Family Services

John "Rodney" Slay
Pineville, Louisiana
Deputy Warden 4, Raymond Laborde Correctional Center, Department of Public Safety and Corrections

Twelve Honorable Mentions were also be cited this year, because of the closeness of their scores to the winners. Certificates of Merit were presented to the following:
  • Joseph Buth, of Pineville, Child Welfare Specialist 3, DCFS/CW
  • Jan T. Carrier, of Thibodaux, Medicaid Program Manager 1-A, LA Department of Health/ Medicaid
  • Kevin C. Finley, of Baton Rouge, Deputy Undersecretary, LA Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Cynthia Jackson, of Harvey, Library Associate Floater, Jefferson Parish Library
  • Susan Jenkins, of Metairie, Training & Development Specialist 2, Southeast LA Flood Protection Authority – East
  • Teresa Juneau, RN, of Alexandria, Clinic Manager, Central LA Human Services District, Caring Choices of Marksville
  • Stephanie Lamartiniere, of Angola, Corrections Deputy Warden 5, LA State Penitentiary
  • Merietta Spencer Norton, of Baton Rouge, Attorney – General Counsel 2, Department of State
  • Bobbie Page, of Minden, Highway Foreman 1, Department of Transportation & Development
  • Erin Ruddock, of Metairie, Special Program Supervisor Jefferson Parish Parks & Recreation
  • Amy Sprawls, of River Ridge, Ag Specialist Program Manager, LA Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • Tim Thomas, of Franklinton, District Supervisor/Weights & Measures Division, La Department of Agriculture & Forestry

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