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. Commissioner Halliburton was reappointed to serve a third term on the Commission.
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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 Greenlee has a distinguished career in public service at both the State of Washington and the City of Seattle. Her experience in public administration includes investigations, training development and delivery, legal proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, policy/legislative analysis, and employee and program management. Ms. Greenlee holds Human Resources Certifications from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, the Human Resources Certification Institute, and the Society for Human Resources Management. She is a certified mediator volunteering with the King County Inter-Local Conflict Resolution Group and the Seattle Federal Executive Board. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Seattle University before obtaining a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law and is a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association.
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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 recenlty graduated from 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 her lifting federations Hall of Fame.