Commissioners & Staff

Joel A. Nark

Chair
Seattle Police Department
Appointed by: Employee Elected
Term: December 2020

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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.

Stacy Connole

Commissioner
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: December 2021

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Stacy Connole most recently held the position of Associate General Counsel at Nordstrom where she worked for ten years. At Nordstrom, she worked as senior employment counsel and Crisis Management Director. After graduating from Smith College in 1999 and the University of Washington School of Law in 2002, Stacy was a litigator at Foster Pepper (now known as Foster Garvey). She was then at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, first in the criminal division, and later as a Senior Deputy Prosecutor in the civil division's employment law unit. There, Stacy advised several County departments on wide-ranging employment issues in addition to managing myriad employment litigation matters. Stacy's pride and joy is her family.



 







Sam Pailca

Appointed by: Council
Term: December 2019

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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.

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Teresa Jacobs

Teresa Jacobs

Administrative Staff Assistant, Civil Service Commissions

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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.