Commissioners & Staff
Joel A. Nark
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Civil service employees elected Joel A. Nark to the Public Safety Civil Service Commission in March of 2003. Commissioner Nark has been with the Seattle Police Department since 1986, and currently works in patrol out of the Southwest precinct. He received his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Washington University; served on the Seattle Police Athletic Association board for nine years; and also has served 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Bacon Bowl. Joel and his children, Conrad and Julia, live in West Seattle.
Christian M. Halliburton
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Commissioner Halliburton presently teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Religion at Seattle University School of Law. He is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley. He began his legal career as a litigation associate with Perkins Coie, then served as a Law Clerk for US District Court Justice Barbara J. Rothstein. He joined Seattle University Law School in 2002, and was granted tenure in 2008. Halliburton has won recognition for teaching skills and scholarship, and is a sought-after speaker for legal conferences and symposiums. He is a former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the Society of American Law Teachers, and the Advisory Board to the Vestry for the Parish of St. Mark's Cathedral.
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Sam Pailca currently holds the position of Assistant General Counsel, Director of the Office of Legal Compliance, Investigations, at the Microsoft Corporation. Before joining Microsoft in 2007, Sam served as the first civilian Director of the Office of Professional Accountability for six years, having been appointed by former Mayors Schell and Nickels to serve two three-year terms.
In 2009, Sam was appointed by former King County Executive Sims and later reappointed by Executive Constantine to serve as the Chair of the King County Civil Service Commission. She is also a past Board Member of the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), and is a frequent presenter at national and local conferences on the topics of accountability, compliance, and internal investigations.
Jennifer A. Greenlee
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Jennifer has spent her career in the public sector with both the State of Washington and the City of Seattle. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director of the Civil Service Commissions, Jennifer worked as the Employee Relations Advisor for Seattle City Light Human Resources. Her previous employment included the Washington State Human Rights Commission and Seattle Office for Civil Rights with expertise in equal employment opportunity and fair housing. She is a Seattle native who grew up in the Madrona neighborhood, attended Garfield High School, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington and is a member of the Washington State Bar. Jennifer is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and has been trained as a mediator. Jennifer is the mother of two adult sons and enjoys the richness of the performing arts and cultural events available in Seattle.
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Teresa was promoted in December 2003 to the position of Administrative Staff Assistant. Teresa has been with the City of Seattle since 2001. Prior to her promotion she worked for the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. Teresa was born and raised in Seattle. She has a son who attends Eastern Washington University. Teresa is a competitive Power Lifter and has been competing since 2002 and currently holds World, National and Washington State Records in the Dead Lift and Bench Press. In November 2013, she was inducted in the federation Hall of Fame.