A laid off Greene County employee could be rehired after the state personnel board agreed she should have been allowed to move into another job.
The State Personnel Board of Review said it agreed with the decision of one of its administrative law judges who ruled the county should have allowed a former Greene County Children Services employee to displace another worker when her position was abolished.
In a decision dated Oct. 9, the three-member governor appointed state board unanimously ordered Greene County commissioners to allow Victoria Phillips, 56, to bump a county worker from a secretarial position and take that individual’s job.
“I was very pleased,” Phillips said. “I felt like what I believed in as the law and truth, they (the state board) verified it with that decision.”
The board’s decision is the result of an appeal filed by county commissioners following the administrative law judge’s recommendation dated Aug. 23
The commissioners have until Oct. 24 to file a notice of appeal with the state board and must pay $385 deposit for transcript and administrative costs.
Greene County Administrator Howard Poston and county commissioners did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Phillips, a children services executive secretary at the time, received a letter dated Dec. 2, 2012 signed by two county commissioners indicating her job would be eliminated a month later. The letter said she had no displacement rights — the ability to takeover a similar position held by someone with less seniority.
“I was devastated when I was told I didn’t have a position with the county,” Phillips said. “It disrupted my continuous service.”
The executive secretary position was one of four positions eliminated when Greene County commissioners combined its children services agency with jobs and family services on Nov. 19, 2012. The agency’s executive director, the operations director and the human resources supervisor positions were also abolished.
Phillips had been in that job for almost two years and was earning $32,281.60 annually.
Two days after she received the notice that she was being laid off, Phillips filed an appeal with SPBR.
In August, a SPBR administrative judge determined Phillips had displacement rights.