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Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The incumbent of this class functions as the principal assistant to the County Attorney, performing a full range of complex legal activities in support of County government policies and procedures. Responsibilities include supervising the professional operations of the department with particular attention to litigation. In addition, this incumbent acts for and on behalf of the County Attorney in his/her absence. Work is performed under general direction of the County Attorney. Supervision is exercised over professional and clerical staff. Performs related work as required.


  • Acts as department head in the absence of the County Attorney, or as delegated;
  • Researches the law and renders opinions to the County Executive, County Legislature and departmental authorities as directed;
  • Prepares a variety of legal documents required to carry on the work of County government;
  • Prepares pleadings, appeals, resolutions, notices, contracts and other legal papers and documents;
  • Supervises the work of subordinate attorneys and provides technical legal guidance;
  • 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 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and New York State constitutions and laws governing civil practice, administrative law and supporting rules, regulations, policies, administrative rulings, etc. governing the programs of County government; thorough knowledge of the techniques employed in preparing legal memoranda, conducting legal research and analyzing legal problems; thorough knowledge of the functions of County government; good knowledge of trial techniques; good knowledge of the processes of the New York State Legislature; ability to analyze legal issues and identify significant cases, opinions and facts; ability to convince others of the legality of specific action or point of view both verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships; ability to plan and supervise the work of a legal staff; sound professional judgment; initiative; resourcefulness; integrity.


Possession of a license and current registration to practice law in the State of New York, preferably with several years of civil law experience.


3/00; 11/02; 4/09

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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