Civil Service

The City of Newburgh Civil Service Commission is established in City Charter §15.10 under authority of New York State Civil Service Law §15. The Commission consists of three members appointed by the City Council for six-year terms. The Commission is responsible for administering the New York State Civil Service Law’s merit and fitness requirements for all exams, qualifying appointments, and promotions for the following jurisdictions: the City of Newburgh, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, and Newburgh Housing Authority. The Commission appoints a local Civil Service Administrator. The current Civil Service Administrator is Michelle Mills. For a better understanding of how civil service is administered by the City Commission, please review the local rules.

There are over 90 local Civil Service Commissions/Personnel Officers who are responsible for administering the merit system in local government, as provided for in Section 17 of the Civil Service Law. Local Civil Service Commissions have various statutory responsibilities. For a better understanding of how civil service is administered at the local level, including the responsibilities of hiring authorities and the roles of local civil service agencies, please review the New York State Department of Civil Service’s Local Administration resources.

Civil Service Commission Meetings

  • 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                          
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • 83 Broadway
    Newburgh, NY 12550

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Vera BestChairperson  
Thomas FotiCommissioner
John C. PowellCommissioner