Honor given to unclassified civil service employees for merit

Recently retired General Counsel Robert Boland of the state Department of Civil Service is among the five recipients of the Monte M. Lemann Award presented annually by the Louisiana Civil Service League.

The award is given to individuals outside the classified civil service system who have made contributions to the advancement of the merit system of public employment in Louisiana, according to a league news release.

The recipients will be honored at the 46th annual award luncheon Friday at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. Tickets are available at the league’s New Orleans office by calling (504) 522-3875.

Winners of the award, a memorial to Lemann, a staunch defender of the merit civil service law, are:

ROBERT BOLAND, BATON ROUGE: Boland served as general counsel for the Department of State Civil Service, where he worked for almost 30 years.

Boland, who grew up in El Dorado, Ark., served three years in the Army and completed law school in Fayetteville, Ark., in 1973 before starting a law practice in Baton Rouge.

He later worked as a staff attorney with the state Department of Health and Hospitals before being chosen as general counsel for the Department of State Civil Service.

DEEANNA JURISIC, BELLE CHASSE: Jurisic has worked for the Plaquemines Parish Civil Service Commission since 2000, and has lived in Plaquemines Parish for the past 49 years.

A native of Buras, Jurisic received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Our Lady of Holy Cross College and has been an elementary teacher in Plaquemines Parish for the past 18 years.

JANICE A. LANSING, DENHAM SPRINGS: The chief financial officer of the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration since February 2010, Lansing has supervised the agency’s Human Resource Department.

Lansing holds a master’s degree in public administration from LSU and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Lansing was appointed by then-Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco as undersecretary for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1996. She was reappointed to the position in 2008 by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

MICHAEL D. QUIGLEY, KENNER: Quigley served as deputy chief administrative officer for Kenner before his promotion to chief administrative officer.

Since the inception of the City of Kenner Civil Service System in 2007, Quigley has worked collaboratively with the Civil Service Board.

The league will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to people who have made contributions to the Merit Civil Service cause in Louisiana.

This year’s winner is:

WILLIAM R. FORRESTER JR., NEW ORLEANS: Forrester has worked for the Louisiana Civil Service League since 1984. He has served as a board member, secretary, president and honorary life chairman.

Forrester has taught “Louisiana Practice” at Tulane Law School since 1976 and received the Lemann Award as the outstanding adjunct professor in 1992. He also received the Lemann Award for his civil service work in 1986.