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Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASSThis is paralegal work of a moderately complex nature, involving a variety of paralegal duties, including but not limited to, research, review and preparation of legal documents, processing of petitions and court orders, as well as clerical processing duties.  Work is performed under general supervision in accordance with specific policies and objectives. Performs related work as required.


  • Performs legal research for attorneys;
  • Prepares legal documents and processes them in accordance with prescribed procedures;
  • Prepares and processes paternity, support and juvenile delinquent petitions and orders;
  • Processes petitions filed pursuant to the Uniform Support of Dependents Law;
  • Assists in the preparation of tax foreclosure proceedings and bar claim proceedings;
  • Assists in the preparation of deeds, notices, tax sales and closings;
  • Types, sorts and files correspondence, forms, reports and other material.
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

When Assigned to the District Attorney's Office, the incumbent:

  • Prepares draft legal research and shell documents for review by staff attorneys;
  • Prepares reports and statistics for the District Attorney's use in the scheduling of all aspects of the attorneys and support staff;
  • Prepares legal memoranda for attorney review;
  • Prepares office docket control;
  • Acts as legal publication librarian for office;
  • Supervises database compilation of records for Office of District Attorney
  • Performs a variety of tasks using computerized legal research (New York CD-ROM Library);
  • Reviews and processes all legal mail;
  • Handles the intake and routing of all mail and legal motions, notices, etc.;
  • 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 the methods and techniques of legal research; working knowledge of legal instruments and documents; working knowledge of legal terminology; ability to conduct legal research; ability to verbally express facts in a concise manner; ability to follow complex oral and written instructions; ability to type at an acceptable rate of speed; initiative; resourcefulness; good judgment.


  1. Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies, Legal Assistant, or a related field, possession of a Paralegal Certificate, and one (1) year of experience as a paralegal assistant, legal secretary or closely related experience; or
  2. Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma, possession of a Paralegal Certificate, and three (3) years of experience as a paralegal assistant, legal secretary or closely related experience; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as described in a) and b) above.

PLEASE 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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:  Possession of a valid driver license at the time of appointment.


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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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