Election 2011: Two compete for open seat on Civil Service Board

Two candidates are facing off for one open position on the three-seat Tacoma Civil Service Board. Kyle Jolibois has a background working in customer service. Anita Latch has a background in teaching and is currently a political consultant and lobbyist.

Kyle Jolibois

Q) Why did you decide to run for this position?

A) I decided to run when I found out that this position did not have any pay associated with it. To get paid for doing your duty as a Civil Service Board member is not civil service, especially when meetings are always canceled. I am on Social Security and my monthly stipend would be affected if pay were associated with this position. I saw this as an opportunity to help the city I was born in to become a better, well-rounded city. I am not a politician; I am a father, son, brother, friend, medical cannabis patient and activist. I am the 99 percent.

Q) Has there been any recent decisions made by the Civil Service Board that you disagreed with? If so, how do you think the issue should have been dealt with?

A) On July 7, 2011, Mr. Joseph Mondau requested a hearing on his behalf to be reinstated to the Fire Department. I feel the outcome of this meeting and the absence of council members to the board violated Mr. Mondau’s rights to a fair hearing. I think all should have been present when this decision was made and I feel not enough time was taken to resolve this matter correctly.

Q) What do you feel is the most important issue facing the Civil Service Board?

A) Attendance, cancellations of meetings, lack of compassion and communication between the board, the city employees and their staff.

Q) What qualifications do you have that make you the best candidate for this position?

A) I walk these streets. I talk to the poor and the businessmen. I ride the buses and listen to the citizens of Tacoma. I have not asked for one endorsement nor does anyone put money toward a campaign of mine that has no stipend associated with it.  

Why am I the best? I am not the politician here; I am the activist for the people of Tacoma and beyond. 

I stand up and I do not quit. By the way, I typed this myself one-handed. I have always been told no. I say I can!

Anita Latch

Q) Why did you decide to run for this position?

A) All parties involved, including employees and the city, deserve a full and fair hearing when they have a grievance as well as up-to-date hiring and disciplinary protocols. Good government requires that qualified members of the public step up to serve and volunteer their time. I saw the need and am willing to devote my time to read the rules and regulations and to give full and fair consideration to all matters that come before the board.

Q) Has there been any recent decisions made by the Civil Service Board that you disagreed with? If so, how do you think the issue should have been dealt with?

A) I attended a hearing before the Civil Service Board several months ago brought by a driver who had been dismissed from his position. It was my conclusion, based on the information available to the public, that the past practice of allowing the driver to temporarily work at a lower classification with reduction in pay during the time he did not have a commercial drivers license would have served the interests of the city better than termination. The interest the city has in retaining an otherwise model employee is significant, particularly considering that the offense did not happen on the job. A minority of the board seemed to want to reinstate the employee and allow him to serve in a non-driving capacity until his license was reinstated; I would have agreed with that.

Q) What do you feel is the most important issue facing the Civil Service Board?

A) The Civil Service Board is charged with updating and revising all rules dealing with civil service and employment. Once elected to the board I will initiate action by the board to review changes initiated by the staff of the Human Resources Department. I will also request that the board establish a plan by which all personnel rules are reviewed and revised over the normal course of board meetings.

Q) What qualifications do you have that make you the best candidate for this position?

A) I am the best candidate because I earned my undergraduate BA degree at the University of Redlands in 1998 and have taught public school. I have the intellectual stamina to read the volumes of rules and procedures. I have the insight and initiative to suggest responsible revisions to those rules that will be fair to the employees and uphold the interests of good government by the City of Tacoma. I have proven my ability to work with others during years of service on numerous committees and boards.

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