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Phil Murphy celebrates hiring of first transgender woman to high-ranking cabinet position

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Allison Chris Myers
Allison Chris Myers

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced that Allison Chris Meyers will be the acting CEO/Chair[person] of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission.

Murphy also noted that Meyers is a transferred woman in a statement announcing his appointment.

“I am thrilled to announce Allison as the Acting Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission. I couldn’t think of a better candidate to fill the shoes of Deirdré than Allison, who is a career public servant, having started her career in the United States Navy and serving over 20 years at the Civil Service Commission. I am truly grateful to Deirdré for all that she has helped us accomplish over the past 5 years. I wish her a happy and healthy retirement,” said Governor Murphy. “As I have said many times before, it is important that the leadership in this state reflect the communities we serve, and I am looking forward to working with Allison to determine how we can better serve our state workforce.”

A resident of Cumberland County, Myers, is an attorney and Navy veteran who has worked at the Civil Service Commission since January 2001.


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He previously served as the Director of the Division of Appeals and Regulatory Affairs and served as a member of CSC’s senior leadership team. Due to his expertise and the respect he earned from the civil service community, she was appointed Deputy Chair/CEO in June 2022.

Myers is a graduate of Rutgers University where he received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies. He also received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Cumberland County College.

Despite being a biological male, Myers identifies as a woman.