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In the Matter of Erin N. Sigwart

February 17, 2012

IN THE MATTER OF ERIN N. SIGWART, CAPE MAY COUNTY.


On appeal from the State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission, Docket No. 2009-3961.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted May 18, 2011

Before Judges R. B. Coleman and Lihotz.

In this appeal, we review challenges to the Civil Service Commission's (Commission) final determination reclassifying the job title of a county employee. Appellant Cape May County (the County), joined by amicus the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office (CMCPO), seeks to overturn the reclassification of the job title of employee Erin N. Sigwart, arguing the Commission's determination was arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable. Following our review of the arguments presented, in light of the record and applicable law, we affirm.

Sigwart worked for the County in the CMCPO, assigned to the evidence handling unit under the unclassified title, "Prosecutor's Agent"*fn1 (original job title). The Commission*fn2 determined the County had exceeded the cap limiting the number of personnel working in the unclassified division as Prosecutor's Agents and audited the job functions of these employees to discern whether the positions were subject to reclassification.*fn3

On August 26, 2008, as part of the reclassification assessment by the Division of State and Local Operations (Division),*fn4 Sigwart completed a position classification questionnaire. Sigwart's completed questionnaire responded that her primary duties included:

Assist in the preparation of cases for legal action by reviewing laboratory reports to ensure the results are properly documented and correct.

Assist in the preparation of cases by typing the instrument run sequence tables for case work and perform instrument setup . . . . Maintain essential records and files for ASCLD-LAB . . . . [B]eing trained . . . in the identification of drugs. Eventually [to] provide guidance and instruction to law enforcement officers and investigators in the collection and packaging of evidence to ensure each item is properly packaged in order to protect the integrity of the evidence. . . .

Use the Cape May County Prosecutors Office database, Infoshare, to look at pending evidence that agencies will be submitting. . . .

Keep details of Superior and Municipal Court subpoenas for the Forensic Chemist. Contact local Municipal Courts about court appearances for Disorderly Person Offenses as well as Superior Court for felony charges.

Assist in the preparation of cases by performance verification on analytical balances daily to ensure that they are operating properly, which is especially important in cases involving critical weights. Assist in the monthly validation of instruments to ensure that they are performing properly and efficiently in order to obtain correct data for the identification of drugs in cases.

Assist in making standards and reagents used for drug analysis. Perform routine inventory of laboratory supplies including chemicals, instrument materials, and glassware. Assist in the preparation of cases by using the DIB (Drug Identification Bible), PDR (Physician's Desk Reference) and internet to help in the physical identification of pills, capsules, and tablets that are being analyzed. Maintain the laboratory and glassware, making sure that there is a consistent state of cleanliness to prevent contamination of casework.

Give the Prosecutor updates on the laboratory statistics for the month including the Analyzed Case Reports and Progress Report Information. The statistics include the different types of drugs analyzed and ...


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