CalPERS Censures Board Member

September 15, 2011 ( - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration has publicly censured board member JJ Jelincic for his involvement in a personnel action based on complaints filed by coworkers at CalPERS.
CalPERS management reprimanded Jelincic last year. A CalPERS news release said the reprimand was upheld last week by the State Personnel Board and administrative law judge Teri L. Block following an appeal by Jelincic. According to news reports, he 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 were misinterpreted.

Pursuant to its board governance principles, the CalPERS Board voted to publicly censure Jelincic and suspend his position as Chair of the pension fund’s Investment Policy Subcommittee and Vice Chair of its Health Benefits Committee until March 1, 2012. The news release said the Board also voted to suspend Jelincic’s board travel privileges for the same time period except for pre-approved travel, travel to and from Board and committee meetings and constituent meetings, and is requiring Jelincic to attend sensitivity training.
“The CalPERS Board does not condone harassment or similar conduct of any kind and all our Board Members are expected to meet this standard,” said Rob Feckner, President of the CalPERS Board, in the announcement. “Our employees are one of our greatest assets and we are committed to ensuring that their work environment is professional, safe and free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.”

Jelincic was elected to the CalPERS Board in December 2009 as a Member-At-Large representing all CalPERS members. He has been employed with CalPERS for 25 years as an investment officer.