The State Personnel Board is an independent state entity created by Article XII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution. The Board promulgates rules governing the state personnel system and reviews appeals by employees regarding any adverse action that affects an employee’s base pay, status, tenure or other rights to which an employee is entitled by law. The Board may also use its discretion to grant a hearing for actions that do not adversely affect pay, status or tenure and where the individual does not otherwise have a right to a hearing.
The State Personnel Board consists of five members. Two Board members are elected by certified state employees and three members are appointed by the Governor. Board members serve three-year, overlapping terms and may succeed themselves only once for a second term.
Current Board Members are Patricia Bangert, Nora Kelly, Maurie Knaizer, Michelle Palmquist and Sarah Wager. Ms. Kelly was elected to the Board by certified state employees and is serving her second term. Ms. Bangert was elected to the Board by certified state employees and is serving her first term. Ms. Palmquist and Mr. Knaizer were appointed to the Board by Governor Hickenlooper. Ms. Palmquist is serving her second term on the Board and Mr. Knaizer is serving his first term. Ms. Wager was appointed to the Board by Governor Polis. Ms. Wager is serving her first term on the Board.
The Board staff includes the Director, Rick Dindinger; Administrative Law Judges Susan J. Tyburski, Keith A. Shandalow, and Keely McCabe; the Senior Board Assistant, Andrea Woods; and the Board Assistant, Anthony Fiedler.
Assistant Attorney General Amy Lopez serves as Board Counsel.
See flow chart for Board processes.
THE STATE PERSONNEL BOARD IS LOCATED AT 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80203.