A frequently absent member of Raleigh’s Civil Service Commission was reappointed for another term Tuesday.
Cheryl Grissom was up for renewal on the board, which hears appeals of employee grievances such as firings. The board recently came under fire from a union group that points out that at every meeting but one, at least one commission member was absent.
Since the commission’s rules require support from at least four of seven commissioners to overturn a personnel decision, the union says poor attendance puts workers at a disadvantage. The union wants the city to reinstate fired sanitation worker Shirley Venable, who got support from a majority of commissioners at her hearing but still fell two votes short.
Before reappointing Grissom, Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin asked about her attendance record. City clerks described it as “good”; Grissom has missed only one hearing in the past two years, they said.
But minutes from the commission’s meetings show that Grissom missed three out of seven meetings since April 2011. Since 2007, Grissom missed six of 17 sessions, according to the minutes. She and commissioner Wilbert “Tramp” Dunn have been the most frequently absent members of the board, minutes show.
The Raleigh City Council plans to review the set-up of the commission in the coming months.