New York State Local Technical Assistance Program

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.


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.


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.


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


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


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:


Association of Towns of the State of New York
150 State Street
Albany, New York 12207
Phone: (518) 465-7933

Villages & Cities

New York State Conference of Mayors
119 Washington Avenue - Second Floor
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 463-1185


New York State Association of Counties
540 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 465-1473


New York State County Highway Superintendents Association
119 Washington Avenue, Suite 300
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 465-1694

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