Appellant was transferred from the position of District Administrator of the SADO to the District Administrator of the El Monte Office. She retains the same job classification and title. There was no reduction in salary or decrease in benefits.
Her commute time increased from approximately 30 to 40 minutes one way to the SADO to approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes one way to the El Monte Office.
Her mileage also increased from approximately 19 miles one way to the SADO to approximately 48 miles one way to the El Monte Office.
Appellant’s commute to her medical appointments has also increased. When she worked in the SADO, she left work approximately 15 minutes prior to her scheduled appointment time. Since she transferred to the El Monte Office, appellant has requested, and respondent as allowed her to leave two to three hours prior to her scheduled medical appointments.
Appellant’s increased commute did not result in additional expense to appellant because she uses a State vehicle.
Appellant also testified that her transfer to El Monte impedes her ability to respond to office emergencies. While she could be at the scene of an emergency in the SADO in 15 to 20 minutes, it will take her much longer to respond to an emergency in the El Monte Office. The District Administrator does not have the sole responsibility for responding to emergencies.
The Southern Assistant Director testified he has received positive feedback from employees, attorneys, and other stakeholders at the SADO since transferring appellant. He also testified that although appellant had been at the El Monte Office for only a short time, she had already positively addressed some personnel problems in that office.