The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Merit System Board

The Merit System Board makes recommendations and decisions regarding M-NCPPC’s Merit System.

The Merit System Board’s mission is to oversee the Commission’s Merit System, uphold employee rights guaranteed under the Merit System, recommend employment and compensation policies to the Commission, and serve as the final administrative appellate body for employment matters pertaining to nonrepresented Merit System career employees.

The Merit System Board is authorized by M-NCPPC's enabling legislation.  It is an impartial Board composed of three members who are appointed to a  four year term each: Chair, Vice Chair, and Board Member.  They are responsible for making recommendations and decisions regarding the Commission's Merit System.

Board members are experienced in personnel and employment issues, and committed to fair and impartial research, investigation and decisions on M-NCPPC policy and systems that adhere to best practices in employment. The current Board Members are:

  • Steven R. Cohen, Chair

  • Tanya Upthegrove-Coleman, Vice Chair

  • Michael Strand, Member

Click here to read the M-NCPPC Merit System Rules and Regulations.