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Erie County Personnel Department announces modernization of civil service exam process


Tue, Sep 27th 2022 09:00 am

Candidates can now sign up, pay for upcoming correction officer/deputy sheriff officer exam

The Erie County Personnel Department announced it has begun to allow the public to sign up and pay for civil service exams online. Previously, the department required civil service test takers to complete a paper application and then mail or drop off the application and payment to its offices in downtown Buffalo.

The department has selected the correction officer/deputy sheriff officer exam as the initial civil service test to allow the public to sign up and pay online. However, it expects all tests will have this capability soon.

"Like many employers, Erie County has struggled in this hot job market to attract qualified candidates for our open posts," Personnel Commissioner Brian Bray said. "It was clear that the county's traditional method to allow the public to sign up for a civil service test was a significant barrier, particularly for younger generations who are more comfortable applying for positions online. As a result, the Personnel Department staff worked hard to update its processes so that the public can more easily apply for civil service positions Erie County must fill through a competitive exam."

A press release stated, “Erie County's civil service process is guided by New York State Civil Service Law, which ensures that the hiring process practices for appointing authorities under its jurisdiction are rooted in merit and fitness. The public can be considered for a competitive class position with Erie County, as well as most other local governmental entities located in Erie County, by signing up for a civil service exam administered by the Erie County Personnel Department.

“After a review of their application, candidates whom the Personnel Department deems qualified are sent an admission notice for the exam approximately 10 days before the announced exam date. Job candidates can expect results between four and six months after they take the exam. Once results are released, hiring appointing authorities are sent a list of certified eligible candidates to commence their hiring process in accordance with civil service law and rules.

“The department selected the correction officer/deputy sheriff officer exam as its initial civil service online filing opportunity because it is one of the most crucial positions in Erie County government. Incumbents supervise and guard incarcerated individuals sentenced by the courts to confinement in the county correctional facility. The minimum qualification for this job title is graduation from high school or possession of a high school-equivalency diploma, and the salary ranges from $50,588 to $68,472.”

The last day to sign up for this exam is Oct. 26, with the exam scheduled to be given on Dec. 10.

Anyone who wants to sign up to take the correction officer/deputy sheriff officer exam or search for other civil service test opportunities can visit www.erie.govemployment.

The press release added, “Erie County is an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive benefits packages, including services for members of the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS.)”

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