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Civil Service

Article V, Section 6
of the New York State Constitution


Appointments and promotions in the civil service of the state and all of the civil divisions thereof, including cities and villages, shall be made according to merit and fitness to be ascertained, as far as practicable, by examination which, as far as practicable, shall be competitive...


During the 1894 New York Constitutional Convention, Article V - Section 6 was added to the New York State Constitution, giving birth to the New York State Civil Service System. The entire program is mandated by the State. In 1953, Orleans County chose to adopt the Personnel Officer version of Civil Service Administration replacing the three person Civil Service Commission and Executive Secretary that was in operation since the 1940's. The underlying premise of New York State Civil Service is that public employees should be appointed based upon qualifications as demonstrated through competition on civil service examinations.


The Personnel Office administers the New York State Civil Service Law for all public employers in Orleans County including all towns, villages and school districts. Currently, the total number of Orleans County Civil Service employees is approximately 1,862 employees. The office administers the Civil Service examination program, classifies all positions in the classified service, certifies public employer payrolls, reviews and judges all applications for examinations and temporary, provisional, labor and non-competitive appointments. Also, the office develops class specifications for all new positions as well as review and update existing specifications.

Below are the Orleans County Civil Service Rules in the form of a PDF file. We are also including various forms below which will assist appointing authorities in their compliance of these rules.

While we offer these forms available from this web site, we require an original signature from the appointing authority to validate the submitted form.