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Putnam County

Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is professional legal work of a complex nature involving responsibility for conducting criminal investigations, preparing and presenting criminal court cases and other legal work. General supervision is received from the District Attorney. Work requires incumbent to be on call at nights and on weekends. Performs related work as required.


  • Consults with other criminal justice agencies including law enforcement, the courts, probation, defense counsel and corrections, to insure the efficient functioning of the criminal justice system;
  • Conducts criminal investigations;
  • Interviews witnesses;
  • Researches points of law and prepares briefs;
  • Prepares and presents criminal cases to the Grand Juries, County, Town and Village Courts;
  • Argues cases and appeals;
  • Hears and investigates complaints;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

SUGGESTED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Good knowledge of New York State substantive and procedural criminal law and court procedure; good knowledge of law enforcement and investigative techniques; good knowledge of prosecutorial ethics; ability to interpret and apply legal principles and precedents to new and difficult legal problems; ability to act as a resource other criminal justice agencies including law enforcement, probation, defense counsel, corrections, and the general public, as needed; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ethical conduct in the practice of law; sound professional judgment.


Possession of a license and current registration to practice law in the State of New York and other qualifications as the District Attorney may prescribe.

RESIDENCY NOTE: Pursuant to Public Officers Law §3.55, the Assistant District Attorney may be a resident of Putnam County or an adjoining county within the state of New York. However, pursuant to County Law §702.4 and §702.5, if the holder of the Assistant District Attorney office is designated by the District Attorney to assume the duties of the District Attorney upon the District Attorney’s absence from the County, or upon the District Attorney’s inability to perform his or her duties, Putnam County residency is required.


10/97; 11/02; 1/09; 1/14; 2/14

Exempt Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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