The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 14, 2011
CalPERS board censures Jelincic, strips some responsibilities

The board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System publicly reprimanded one of its own this afternoon for failing to adhere to its standards of conduct.

A week after the State Personnel Board upheld a sexual harassment reprimand against him, John Joseph Jelincic Jr. was censured by his colleagues and stripped of some board responsibilities.

Jelincic was excused from the brief meeting called specifically to punish him. CalPERS President Rob Feckner read a letter on Jelincic's behalf that said he wouldn't make any comment due to "the current legal status" of the case.

The board then voted 8-0 to suspend Jelincic for six months from his chairmanship of the CalPERS investments policy subcommittee and his vice chairmanship of the health benefits committee. The group also curtailed his board-related travel until Mar. 1.

This afternoon's action was consistent with the punishment given to board member Priya Sara Mathur last year after she repeatedly failed to file personal and campaign financial disclosure forms required by law.

Jelincic, who is employed in CalPERS investment office, was reprimanded by CalPERS after three women in his department complained that he leered at them and spoke to them inappropriately before and after assuming his seat on the board in January 2010. Jelincic has said that some events didn't happen and that others where misinterpreted.

The board took its action against him in his capacity as a board member, not as a CalPERS employee.

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