News Details - Personnel Commissioner Anita Fitzpatrick Reappointed
The Legislature confirmed County Administrator Joe Mareane’s reappointment of Anita Fitzpatrick to a new six-year term as the County’s Personnel Commissioner. The vote was 12-1 (Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voted no; Legislators Peter Stein and Kathy Luz Herrera were excused). Fitzpatrick has served as Commissioner since 1993 and has been employed by the County since 1977.
Administrator Mareane said told legislators his recommendation follows a “very rigorous” review process, which involved survey of department heads, union leadership, and Personnel Department staff, and produced very positive results. Based on that input and his own annual review, Mareane said he recommends Fitzpatrick’s reappointment “very strongly.” The administrator expects this approach will be a precedent for future reappointments of this type.
Legislator McBean-Clairborne, who had recalled from the last time the issue was discussed that the Legislature would have a greater role in the review process, stressed that her no vote in no way reflects dissatisfaction with Commissioner Fitzpatrick’s performance, saying the Commissioner is doing a “stellar job.”