years later, DPA is a state department people
recognize and respect because it makes California
a great employer. DPA
still oversees collective bargaining with state
employee unions, but it also creates and
administers compensation, benefits, and
classification plans, and it advocates for the
interests of the state employer.
State Library librarians Kathy Correia and Vera Nicholas
look on while DPA team reviews DPA documents.
prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration
and retrospective, DPA staff asked librarians from
the California State Library (CSL) to gather the
library’s wealth of information on DPA’s
history. In March, the CSL librarians
presented the library’s DPA collection to DPA
Director, Michael Navarro, DPA Chief Deputy
Director Bill Avritt, Assistant to the Director
Teresa Graber, and Associate
Information Systems Analyst Joan Ysunza.
CSL’s librarians had unearthed an eclectic mix
of DPA items. Lillian Chow from the Witkin
State Law Library found codes, statutes, and
articles from Legaltrac. Bill Riddle,
scouring the Government Publications Section,
found old Little Hoover Commission reports,
testimonies, and a publication called “Deliver
Us from Evil: a public history of the California
Civil Service System.” California History
librarian Kathy Correia located back issues of the
“California Journal” and the “California
State Employee,” among others.
Michael Bartolic of the State Information and
Reference Center culled lists of articles from the library’s
newspaper and journal databases.
celebration includes CSL finds
testimony to DPA’s success, hundreds of guests
from California state government attended DPA ‘s
25th anniversary party, an event for
which planners made great use of DPA
documents from the CSL. A DPA timeline,
peppered with statistics and anecdotes from CSL
research, was at the center of the event.
The timeline began with a statement from director
Navarro which read: “This timeline is
dedicated to the hard working men and women of the
Department of Personnel Administration.
Without their dedication and commitment, the
completion of the past 25 years of accomplishments
would not have been possible.” At the end
of the timeline was a display of past reports,
many from the CSL.
the gales of laughter to the wistful sighs of
former employees, it was obvious that the guests
were having a wonderful time and truly appreciated
the efforts of DPA staff and CSL librarians for
making such a special event.
more information about the state of California’s
of Personnel Administration visit http://www.dpa.ca.gov/home.shtm.
Director Mike Navarro (on right) and DPA Chief
Deputy Direcotr Bill Avritt (on left) enjoy
reviewing DPA historical items.
team at California State Library. (At table are:
Joan Ysunza and Director Mike Navarro; Chief
Deputy Direcotr Bill Avritt with newspaper; Teresa
Graber on left); State Library Services Bureau
Chief John Jewell in background.