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Carmen Patlaan Named to Serve On Merit Commission


Carman Patlaan Named to Merit Commission

Carmen Patlan, Chief Development Officer of A Safe Place, has been named to serve on the Lake County Sheriff's Office Merit Commission, as approved by the Lake County Board on May 8, 2018. Ms. Patlan's nomination followed a vacancy on the Merit Commission created by the departure of Commission Secretary David A. Northern, Sr. Mr. Northern honorably served on the Merit Commission since December of 2016 and resigned his position to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Champaign County Housing Authority.

Sheriff Curran nominated Ms. Patlan because of her qualifications, knowledge, and dedicated service to the citizens of Lake County. Ms. Patlan currently serves as the Chief Development Officer of A Safe Place, a domestic violence victim advocacy and assistance organization in Lake County. Ms. Patlan has served this organization since 2016, prior to which she served Waukegan Community School District 60 as a Family Engagement Consultant and the Waukegan Public Library as the Community Engagement and Development Manager. Additionally, Ms. Patlan previously served as the Director of Social Concerns for Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan.

Ms. Patlan has served in numerous volunteer positions including on the Governor's Anti-Racial Profiling Board, Zion-Benton Children's Service, a task force for Live Well Lake County, the Catholic Hispanic Council of Chicago, Lake County United, and the Immigrant Integration Network of Lake County.

In 1965, the Lake County Board enacted an ordinance creating the Lake County Sheriff's Office Merit Commission. The Merit Commission is a quasi-judicial administrative agency. It operates independently of both the Sheriff and the County Board, administering a system along recognized principles of public employment, promotion, and discipline, as prescribed by state statute and county ordinance.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office Merit Commission is tasked with screening all applicants seeking appointment to the office of Deputy Sheriff, administering examinations for promotions within the Sheriff's Office, conducting hearings on disciplinary charges brought before the commission, and other various administrative duties.


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