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Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is a beginning level accountant position that involves the responsibility for the maintenance of a complete set of double entry records including books of original entry through general ledger and all corresponding subsidiary records. Supervision is received from the Fiscal Manager. May supervise lower-level account clerical employees. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Maintains accounts and records for receivables, disbursements and purchase orders;
  • Analyzes all general ledger account balances monthly;
  • Prepares and updates daily cash flow reports;
  • Prepares periodic financial statements and budgetary forecasts;
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual financial report;
  • Prepares regular and special statistical reports for the Fiscal Manager as well as for various state and federal agencies.
  • 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 Good knowledge of accounting principles, practices and techniques particularly as they relate to governmental accounting; good knowledge of office terminology, procedures, routines and equipment; ability to maintain cash and general ledgers, and to prepare financial statements and reports; ability to understand and interpret written and tabular instructions; good judgment; initiative; integrity.


  1. Bachelor's degree in accounting or business administration; or
  2. Associate's degree in accounting or business administration and two (2) years experience in double entry accounting; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated in a) or b) above.

NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.


12/81; 6/85; 6/95; 9/97; 1/09

Competitive 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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