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Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS The incumbent of this position advises the Sheriff on specifics of issues under consideration. Duties also include specific assignments regarding inter-departmental operations as well as department functions. The Chief of Staff (Sheriff) serves as direct contact with the citizenry, the media, other municipal, official and community organizations. Work also includes communications with the County Legislature and committees thereof. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Assists the Sheriff in a variety of public and administrative capacities;
  • Responds to telephone calls and visitors and establishes priorities for submission to the Sheriff;
  • Attends Legislative meetings;
  • Conducts monthly Advisory to the Sheriff;
  • Resolves constituent complaints (sometimes requires meeting with them personally);
  • Assists with the New York State Sheriff’s Association (NYSSA) Summer Camp planning with Youth Advisory Board (YAB);
  • Oversees Principal Office Assistants, Senior Office Assistants, Office Assistants and other clerical staff;
  • Arranges appointments and meetings, prepares materials for them, and generally maintains the Sheriff’s calendar;
  • Oversees the maintenance of office records;
  • Ensures department employees are current on all required training;
  • Attends PBA and PCSEA Negotiations;
  • Conducts interviews;
  • Prepares materials and agendas for meetings;
  • Acts as intermediary between the Sheriff and Division Heads;
  • Assists Sheriff in yearly Division Head reviews;
  • 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications are determined by the Sheriff.


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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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