Commissioner takes job as Comptroller’s Office general counsel

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Nancy Groenwegen, commissioner of the Civil Service Department and president of the Civil Service Commission since 2007, has accepted a job as general counsel for the Office of State Comptroller, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced today. As general counsel, she will lead a staff of 40 lawyers. Her position pays $160,000 a year.

“Nancy Groenwegen has built a reputation for integrity, leadership and a strong legal mind,” DiNapoli said in a statement.  “New York is facing a very challenging time, and Nancy’s skills, advice and counsel will help us meet those challenges. She’ll be a tremendous asset to OSC. ”

Gov. David Paterson said Groenwegen has been “forthright and sensitive as we have together confronted the daunting challenge of rebuilding the state workforce at the same time that we reduce its size. She has been a forceful champion of the civil service system’s extraordinary record of ensuring that standards of merit and fitness remain a stout barrier to any return of the spoils system.”

Paterson also praised Groenwegen for making sure the state workforce “more nearly reflects all of New York State’s diversity.”

Before becoming civil service commissioner, Groenwegen was an assistant attorney general in the state Department of Law. Prior to that, she was counsel for policy and employee relations service at the state School Boards Association, and she held several positions in Gov. Mario Cuomo’s administration. She started her career as an assistant attorney general in the Law Department. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and the State University of New York at Albany.

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