Who hires office workers for the Highway Department?

In a perfect world, the Highway Superintendent or Public Works Commissioner or their designee would interview and hire any office workers. Even when the official guidelines vary slightly, it is this official who usually recommends which candidate should be hired. However, the official rules vary depending upon the level of government. Please remember that each municipality may set their own rules. These guidelines are just starting points for those who have not formally adopted hiring practices.

Towns

For Towns, the office positions in the Highway Department are funded as part of the General Fund and the official hiring is made by the elected board or Supervisor (depending upon the rules of the Town). With good communications, the office personnel are best hired with mutual consent of the Board and the Highway Superintendent. Day to day assignments are made by Highway Superintendent, but again local rules may modify who has the final say.

Villages

The office positions are officially hired by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees. As with Towns, it is best to hire the office personnel with mutual consent. Day to day assignments are made by public works official, but official job assignments are set by the Mayor and the Board.

Counties

Office workers are hired, and assignments made, by the County Highway Superintendent.

Cities

For Cities, the official rules need to be laid out in the City charter or rules.

Resources

In addition to your local municipal attorney, you may want to contact the County Civil Service agency or other human resources department for more details. For specific questions about your level of government, please contact the following:

Towns

Association of Towns of the State of New York
150 State Street
Albany, New York 12207
Phone: (518) 465-7933
Email: jhaber@nytowns.org
www.nytowns.org

Villages & Cities

New York State Conference of Mayors
119 Washington Avenue - Second Floor
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 463-1185
E-mail: info@nycom.org
www.nycom.org

Counties

New York State Association of Counties
540 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 465-1473
Email: info@nysac.org
www.nysac.org

OR

New York State County Highway Superintendents Association
119 Washington Avenue, Suite 300
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 465-1694
Email: info@countyhwys.org
www.countyhwys.org

CLRP Tech Assistance logo

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License icon

This work by the Cornell Local Roads Program (CLRP) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.