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Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is professional accounting work involving responsibility for the development, maintenance and auditing of a town’s financial records. Work is performed under general supervision of the Town Supervisor and/or Town Board, permitting considerable leeway for the exercise of independent judgment. Supervision may be exercised over the work of paraprofessional and clerical employees. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Maintains a double entry account system of appropriations and expenditures;
  • Verify and reconciles all bank accounts;
  • Prepares periodic financial reports;
  • Maintains control on cash and investments;
  • Prepares and submits reports to the Town Supervisor or Town Board as required;
  • Participates in Town Board meetings and any special financial meetings as necessary;
  • Prepares and submits financial and tax reports as may be required by state and federal government agencies;
  • Maintains budgetary controls on receipts and expenditures;
  • Negotiates for loans for the town for the best time length and interest rates;
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of the annual town budget;
  • Ensures that all lawful claims and charges are paid;
  • May participate in union contract negotiations on behalf of the town;
  • 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 modern accounting principles, procedures, terminology, reports and records, particularly as they relate to governmental accounting; thorough knowledge of office terminology, procedures and practices; ability to prepare and analyze complex statistical and financial reports; ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; initiative; integrity; tact; courtesy.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree including or supplemented by the completion of twenty-four (24) credit hours in accounting and two (2) years of full-time paid accounting and/or auditing experience maintaining or auditing double entry books of a business, including general ledger or in municipal accounting; or
  2. Six (6) years of full-time paid accounting and/or auditing experience maintaining or auditing double entry books of a business including the general ledger; or
  3. Six (6) years municipal accounting and/or auditing experience; or
  4. An equivalent combination of education and experience as indicated in a), b) and c) 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.

SUBSTITUTION NOTE: Post-secondary level education may be substituted for up to four (4) years of the required experience indicated above on the basis of thirty (30) college credits per year of experience.


10/97; 10/02; 08/09

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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