Civil Service

Commission Meetings, Agendas and Minutes

  • Thomas H. King , Chairperson
  • Brian J. Eastman, Commissioner
  • Al Spain, Commissioner


The Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission, in accordance with the State Constitution, State Civil Service Law and Rensselaer County Civil Service Rules, is responsible for the administration of civil service laws and procedures for all local government jurisdictions, public libraries and school districts within the geographic boundaries of Rensselaer County, which includes the City of Rensselaer and Hudson Valley Community College, exclusive of the City of Troy.

The objectives of the Commission are the recruitment, development and retention of a proficient work force and the efficient and effective serving of Rensselaer County Government and the civic divisions under the jurisdiction of the Commission. 

In order to provide for the employment of competent personnel to carry out the necessary operations of government, the Commission directs its efforts toward an orderly and uniform system for the fair and consistent measurement of job-related knowledge, skills and abilities of each candidate on the basis of merit and fitness as provided by law.

In conjunction with this, the Commission strives to bring into the public service an adequate number of other personnel whose diversified fields of experience contribute to the effective and efficient operation of government.