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Civil Service Information

The Dutchess County Department of Human Resources administers a system of merit and fitness in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law and the Dutchess County Rules. The goal of the merit system is the fair and consistent measurement of job-related knowledge, skills and abilities of each candidate; regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic or conduct in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


This brochure is being provided to give individuals a basic understanding of the process used in filling competitive class positions under the jurisdiction of the Dutchess County Commissioner of Human Resources. These competitive positions can be found in the various departments and offices of Dutchess County Government, as well as the Community College, municipalities, school districts and special districts.

Rules for the Classified Civil Service of Dutchess County

Section 20 of Civil Service Law requires each civil service commission to “prescribe, amend and enforce” rules to carry out the provisions of the law. These rules, when approved by the state civil service commission, have the “force and effect of law.”

The rules cover a wide range of topics and provide much more detailed information than Civil Service Law provides. They should be consulted often.

Dutchess County Rules (.pdf)