Bethany O'Rourke
Personnel Officer


Location & Phone

56 Main Street
Owego, NY 13827

Main Phone:

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed Legal Holidays

The Tioga County Department of Personnel, under the direction of the Personnel Officer, administers the provisions of the New York State Civil Service Law for the 24 County departments and more than 20 jurisdictions (towns, villages, schools and special districts). All current job vacancies and exam announcements are posted through the Personnel Office and available online through this page.

In addition, the Personnel/Civil Service Department has been charged with the responsibility for fair and equitable administration of the fringe benefits, collective bargaining agreements, Non-Union Salary Plan, and workers’ compensation program to all County employees. In doing so, the department offers new employee orientations, insurance claim assistance, and a variety of other support services.

 Services and Information

Tioga County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

OPEN-COMPETITIVE (OC) exams are open to the public. 

PROMOTIONAL (PROM) exams are for current employees.

To sign up for either an OC or PROM exam, applicants must submit a completed application and, when required, the filing fee or fee waiver form by the announced deadline date.  The examination announcement contains all necessary instructions. Please read announcements CAREFULLY.

Custodian (PROM) (CR)
PDF, 272 KB

Dentist (OC) (CR)
PDF, 314 KB

Caseworker (OC) (CR)
PDF, 136 KB

Public employees are hired under a merit system known as Civil Service. Civil Service law specifies the procedures for selecting employees based upon their qualifications and competence. Jobs are typically filled using lists of eligible candidates who have passed a civil service examination for a specific title. For a listing of School Districts in Tioga County with links to their web sites, Please Click Here. Please note that Tioga County does not administer exams for either BOCES or Spencer-Van Etten schools. Please visit Broome County for BOCES positions or Chemung County for Spencer-Van Etten positions.

Civil Service Rules
PDF, 153 KB

Application Policy
PDF, 27 KB

Veterans Information
PDF, 194 KB

The following is a listing of positions for which hiring occurs more frequently and the departments in which they are located:

Department Titles
County Wide: Entry level clerical, account clerical and secretarial titles
Social Services: Caseworker, Community Service Worker, and Social Welfare Examiner
Mental Hygiene: Clinical Social Worker, Social Work Assistant
Sheriff’s Office: Corrections Officer, E911 Dispatcher, and Deputy Sheriff
Public Health: RN, LPN, Public Health Nurse, and Home Health Aide
Public Works: Heavy Equipment Operator, Motor Equipment Operator, and Maintenance Mechanic


If you have any other questions or comments about this information, please call us at 607-687-8494 or contact us online.

The Personnel Department administers benefits for eligible employees and retirees. Currently Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield,, is the health insurance administrator, and EBS-RMSCO,, handles the dental and flexible spending programs.

Tioga County is a participating employer in the NYS Employees and Local Retirement System, , and membership in the retirement system is mandatory for some employees and optional for others. In addition to the NYS Retirement System, Tioga County offers employees an optional investment program, 457 plan, which is currently administered by Nationwide Retirement Solutions,

For assistance on any of these benefit topics contact:

Amy Poff, Benefits Manager at 607-687-8205

Tioga County Self-Insurance Plan is the workers’ compensation carrier for Tioga County employees, employees of Tioga County municipalities, active volunteer firefighters for Tioga County fire departments, and volunteer ambulance workers for the Berkshire Emergency Squad. POMCO Group is the third party administrator that handles claims for the Tioga County Self Insurance Plan.

If you work for an employer under the Tioga County Self Insurance Plan and have been hurt on the job, notify your supervisor immediately. In order for the claim to be processed, there are forms (available below) that must be completed and submitted to Tioga County Self Insurance Plan, 56 Main Street, Owego, NY 13827, fax (607) 223-7074.

These are the current collective bargaining agreements in force with the County:

The Tioga County Personnel Department maintains a catalog of job descriptions for titles under it's jurisdiction. You may browse and search this catalog by clicking on the document links below.

Committee meeting minutes & agendas