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Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is work of a routine nature involving responsibility for maintaining order and decorum during court proceedings, case conferences, and jury deliberations. Work is performed under the general supervision of the presiding judge. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Sets up courtroom for proceedings by turning on lights, heat or air conditioning, and by supplying pencils, notepaper, drinking water and cups to judge's and counsel's area;
  • Assembles attorneys with clients, stenographer, clerk, witnesses, etc., in courtroom prior to the opening of court so that all relevant parties are present;
  • Directs seating of visitors in the courtroom, and jurors in the jury box;
  • Directs parties to court actions and visitors to the court to the appropriate destination;
  • Answers telephone and over‑the‑counter inquiries from attorneys, judges, the public and current personnel regarding routine court procedures, and court calendar dates, in order to expedite the flow of the office and provide general assistance to all interested parties;
  • Assists in maintaining order and decorum in the courtroom and waiting rooms, judge's chambers, and other court premises;
  • Assists judge to and from courtroom and chambers;
  • Assists attorneys in selecting civil juries and keeps written record of the selection process;
  • Attends to the needs of the judge during court proceedings such as retrieving files, law books, and other materials;
  • Opens, recesses and closes court, by making public announcements during court proceedings using a clear voice;
  • Files and retrieves court documents and correspondence using established filing procedures in order to expedite the office paper flow;
  • Operates a variety of office equipment;
  • Keeps records of judge's appointments, and schedules meetings;
  • Performs a variety of 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: Good knowledge of the confidentiality of court documents and court proceedings; working knowledge of court practices and procedures; ability to communicate both orally and in writing; ability to understand and follow instructions; ability to write legibly; mental alertness; neat appearance; tact and courtesy.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Set by the appointing authority.


5/82; 9/97; 4/09

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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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