Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Police Benevolent Association, Local 177
In P.E.R.C. No. 2016-23, the Commission restrained arbitration over a grievance challenging the employer’s refusal to appoint a senior qualified correction officer to a vacant position. The Union argued that the grievant and the officer selected had been splitting time in the position for over one year. The decision states that the County argued that it had a managerial prerogative to select the most qualified officer and indicates that the County did not file a supporting certification. In fact, the decision does not state that the County provided any facts to the Commission to show that the selected officer was more qualified than the senior officer. The PBA has appealed.