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Personnel Commission

Personnel Commissioners

A Personnel Commissioner must be: a registered voter, a resident within the District's boundaries, and a known adherent to the merit system principles. The term of each Commissioner lasts for a period of three years and their terms are staggered so that one term expires each year.


Gaylen Freeman (Appointed by the Governing Board)

Commissioner Freeman retired from Carlsbad Unified School District in 2006 after serving as Deputy Superintendent.  During his 43 years in education, he served as a teacher and then a district administrator, maintaining responsibility for Instructional Services, Human Resources and Business Services.  He also served as a Superintendent in two school districts.  These experiences have given him an extensive background in education that serve him well in his role as a Personnel Commissioner.  Commissioner Freeman is eager to support the merit system at Carlsbad Unified School District and appreciates this opportunity to donate his time and energy to the District and its employees.


Kent Bricker (Jointly Appointed by the Other Commissioners)

Commissioner Bricker is excited to return to the CUSD Personnel Commission as the jointly appointed commissioner. After previously serving the Commission for nine years as the Governing Board appointee, he is honored to return and continue his service in his new role. Mr. Bricker is a Carlsbad business owner and has been involved in the community, having previously served as the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation President. He is a graduate of the Carlsbad Citizens Academy and proud father of a son that was educated through CUSD, graduated from Carlsbad High and is now attending ASU’s Carey School of Business.


Jennifer Thirkell​ (Appointed by LIUNA)