The New York State Association of Personnel and Civil Service Officers was founded in 1962 to “further the administration of merit systems throughout the municipalities of the State of New York and to provide for educational and professional interaction amongst the members of the Association who administer the personnel and Civil Service offices.” In short, the purpose of the Association is the education and betterment of its membership. It is the only organization in New York State dedicated to the training and education of New York State civil service professionals.
Membership consists of “any Civil Service Agency of a County, Town, Municipal Corporation or City, its officers, employees and retirees, in the State of New York.”
The Association’s primary activity is the planning and execution of its annual training conference that is generally held in June of each year. Members learn from expert speakers on topics relevant to civil service professionals. Additional activities include an e-mail listserv dedicated to membership education and working with the State Department of Civil Service to further the interests of the merit system.
The annual training conference includes approximately 17 training sessions over a two and a half day period. Speakers include staff of various New York State Departments, including Civil Service, the Employee Retirement System, State Archives, and the Committee on Open Government. Speakers also include attorneys specializing in labor and employment law, as well as member led panel discussions.