Personnel Commission Services

At a Glance

The Personnel Commission staff is committed to providing "hands-on" service support in helping you meet all your classified human resources management needs while fulfilling our purpose to uphold the principles of fairness, consistency, and accountability in administering our merit-based employment program.

Personnel Commissioners


  • Personnel Commission Appointee
  • Original Appointment Date: July 14, 1999
  • Latest Appointment Date: December 1, 2015
  • B.A. in History – Stanford University
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology – UC Berkeley
  • Juris Doctor Degree – Santa Clara University

Christine Coffey brings to the Commission a broad-based employment background in education and public service.  She has held positions as a college Counselor and Assistant Dean of Students, and worked with the Educational Testing Service in the examination development division.  Ms. Coffey has served as Director, Small Claims Advisory in San Mateo County where she held roles advising small claims litigants and resolving matters with California Consumer Affairs Department.  In addition, she has served as a consumer board arbitrator and as member on the ADA Compliance Committee for the Commission on Disabilities.


  • Board of Education Appointee
  • Original Appointment Date: October 11, 2000
  • Latest Appointment Date:  December 1, 2014
  • Villa Maria Academy, Lima, Peru

Olga Hoja's professional career started in Jefferson School District in 1974.  She served as Personnel Assistant and was promoted to Supervisor in the Classified Personnel Department. During her tenure she was appointed four times by the Personnel Commission as Interim Director.  She was later employed as Director of Classified Personnel by the Pacifica School District in September, 1988 and retired in 1998.  As Director, she stood firm to the fundamental values of the merit system to ensure that employees are selected, promoted, and retained without favoritism or prejudice on the basis of merit and fitness.

Ms. Hoja served as Board President of the School Personnel Commissioner's Association of Northern California in 2006-2007, and as Treasurer in 2008-2014.  She also served as Board President of the State School Personnel Commissioners Association in 2007-2008.  As President of the Association, Ms. Hoja oversaw the operation of a statewide organization comprised of Personnel Commissions of various school districts, community colleges, and county office of education that adopted the Merit System provided in the California Education Code.  

Ms. Hoja was actively involved in the Church of the Epiphany serving on various Commissions and in its Board of Directors in 1997.  She served from 2000-2005 on the Board of the San Francisco Catholic Committee on Aging.  Ms. Hoja also served as Treasurer of the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center’s Auxiliary for 12 years and as its President from 2011-2014.


  • Classified Employees Appointee
  • Original Appointment Date: September 12, 1972
  • Latest Appointment Date:  December 1, 2016
  • B.A. in Economics – University of San Francisco
  • Graduate Studies in Economics – UC Berkeley
  • M.P.A. – Golden Gate University

Paul Scannell is the longest serving San Mateo County Personnel Commissioner.  He has provided exemplary service on the Personnel Commission for over 44 years through his outstanding leadership, unwavering commitment to merit system principles, and broad-based public sector management experience.

Mr. Scannell started his career working at the United States Department of the Treasury as inspector for the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division.  He later served as Business Agent and Business Manager for SEIU Local 400 in San Francisco for six years.  He spent over eleven years of local government service at the City and the County of San Francisco in various departments and commissions.

He served as Assistant County Manager at the San Mateo County Manager’s Office for 25 years where he was honored for his work as part of the Capital Projects Committee for the County and for overseeing the Construction of the Maguire Jail Facility, the San Mateo Medical Center, the Crime Lab, 555 County Center, and the parking garage.  He supervised the sale of more than $800 million in public financing and refinancing for various County projects and services.