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Commissioner of Planning, Development, and Public Transportation

Putnam County, New York is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Commissioner of Planning, Development, and Public Transportation. Applicants must meet the below required minimum qualifications and listed special requirements. The Commissioner of Planning, Development, and Public Transportation is appointed by the County Executive subject to confirmation by the County Legislature.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: This is important professional level work involving administration of all Putnam County development, planning, and transportation programs and policies. Responsibilities include managing major divisions of the Planning department, and supervising managerial, administrative, technical and clerical personnel. The Commissioner acts as advisor to the Putnam County Planning Board and liaison for local, regional, State, and Federal officials to ensure compliance with all Federal and State laws and regulations. Work is performed under general direction of the County Executive. Performs related work as required.


  • Develops departmental policy and programs; administers and manages departmental affairs, budget, and personnel; appoints staff to implement duties of this office as detailed herein, within appropriations thereof; removes and disciplines stall and personnel as deemed appropriate, and reviews all work products produced by department staff and personnel;
  • Oversees the preparation of County development planning studies for submission to the County Legislature regarding the use of Putnam County resources, including, but not limited to, transportation, the environment, and County facilities;
  • Analyzes and evaluates county issues, programs and projects and reports to the County Executive;
  • Administers County bus operations, manages County affairs with private bus contractor, and ensures compliance with all Federal and State laws and regulations related to public transit operations and programs as required by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, including preparation and completion of the Unified Planning Work Program and special transportation studies;
  • Coordinates public transportation services with local, State, and other county and regional public transit providers;
  • Develops and administers departmental policies and programs;
  • Represents the County as requested by the County Executive and corresponds with elected and appointed officials, local, regional, State, and Federal agencies, as well as the private sector regarding County resources, planning, development, and transportation matters;
  • Performs other related duties as required by the County Executive and/or the Putnam County Charter.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS*: Bachelor’s degree and four (4) years of experience in government administrative management, which included supervision of professional and support staff and either:

a) Eight (8) years of practical experience in regional, county, or municipal planning; or

b) Possession of a license to practice law in New York State, maintained throughout appointment.

*As per the Putnam County Charter §5-A.01.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: This position is considered to be a public officer. The holder of this position must be a United States citizen and a resident of Putnam County or a contiguous county in New York.  

PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.

Salary: $116,000.00 - $128,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Full-Time
  • Monday to Friday




in Department of Planning, Development, and Public Transportation
Putnam County Jobs
Start date: As soon as possible
Reference: PC Planning
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Additional Information:

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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