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Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASSThe Coroners make inquiries into unnatural deaths within the County as prescribed by law.  The Coroners shall have all the powers and duties and shall be subject to all the obligations and liabilities lawfully granted or imposed by applicable laws and rules. Performs related work as required.


  • Investigates the death of persons within the county, or whose body is found within the county, which is or appears to be:
    • A violent death, whether by criminal violence, suicide, or casualty;
    • A death caused by unlawful act or criminal neglect;
    • A death occurring in a suspicious, unusual or unexplained manner;
    • A death caused by suspected criminal abortion;
    • A death while unattended by a physician, so far as can be discovered, or where no physician able to certify the cause of death as provided in the Public Health Law and in the form as prescribed by the Commissioner of Health can be found;
    • A death of a person confined to a public institution other than a hospital, nursing home or infirmary;
  • Arranges for autopsies to be performed;
  • Prepares and submits all reports required by applicable laws;
  • Disposes of money and other personal property found on a dead body as prescribed by applicable laws;
  • 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.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:   Thorough knowledge of applicable state and local laws and requirements for the investigation of violent, suspicious or unnatural deaths which occur in the county; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of medicine; ability to prepare required reports clearly and accurately; conscientiousness and thoroughness; interest in maintaining a high standard of professional ethics; good professional judgment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS These are elective positions for terms of four (4) years.


11/02; 4/09

Elected (Unclassified)

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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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