Membership in the Council is open to departments and agencies which, for the purposes of interdepartmental promotion examinations are deemed separate and distinct departments. Each department or agency shall designate one representative who has substantial responsibility for agency personnel management, employee relations, or human resources management to present the views of the agency. This representative shall serve as the agency contact for all Council matters. An agency may, at any particular time, designate an alternate to act in the absence of the designated representative. Although each department or agency has only one representative for voting purposes, the involvement in Council activities of all staff engaged in personnel, human resources, or employee relations is encouraged.
Our mission is to provide a duly authorized organization for improving personnel and employee relations policies, practices and procedures, including merit system administration and the management of personnel; promoting a set of professional ethics and standards of conduct among all personnel professionals; and advising elected and appointed state officials on matters of public personnel policy in New York State.
To request the form to update your primary and alternate designee, please e-mail the chair.
The following are brief summary descriptions of the standing sub-committees of the Personnel Council. While meetings are not open to the public, primary or alternate members are invited to share any issues of interest or concern with the respective chairs or the Executive Assistant.
- Classification and Compensation
- Elections and Membership
- Professional Development and Program
- Staffing and Testing Services
The Personnel Council Classification and Compensation (C&C) Sub-committee meets with the Director of C&C or his designees to discuss Classification and Compensation policy and processes that impact agency Human Resources’ office operations. We clarify policy and practice and we support C&C initiatives that meet these needs. The sub-committee is comprised of personnel staff from ten agencies.
The Elections and Membership Sub-committee is responsible for ensuring the timeliness and integrity of the election process for membership in the Personnel Council ExecutiveCommittee. This sub-committee is charged with determining and maintaining a roster of effective term dates, as well as notifying the Nominating Committee of vacancies for nomination and election purposes.
The Personnel Council Professional Development and Program Sub-committee is charged with developing and implementing professional development programs and for planning the General Membership Meetings of the Personnel Council. The sub-committee meets with the Department of Civil Service’s Division of Planning and Training staff on a monthly basis to discuss professional development/training issues and needs. In addition, the sub-committee works with other organizations and Personnel Council sub-committees to serve the Human Resources community’s professional development needs as appropriate.
The Staffing and Testing Services Sub-committee meets with managers from the Divisions of Staffing and Testing Services to review such matters as examinations, eligible lists, transfers, appointments, promotions, reinstatements, probations, separations and leaves. We identify issues of general concern to the personnel community and bring these forward to the Staffing and Testing managers. We also provide responses and recommendations to inquiries and proposals from both Staffing and Testing Services. The sub-committee also serves as an intermediary between the Personnel Council Executive Committee and the Staffing and Testing managers to facilitate communication on matters of mutual interest.
On a routine basis, the Chair of the Elections and Membership Sub-Committee disseminates relevant information to the general personnel community through e-mail distribution to primary and alternate members. Primary and alternate members are included in the BCC line only.
On an ad hoc basis, requests are received to disseminate information from other state entities, profit and not-for-profit organizations. Such requests are to be directed to the Chair Elect who, in turn, will forward the request to the Chair and Past Chair of the Executive Committee. If consensus is reached as to the relevance of the information to the personnel community, then appropriate action is taken (either denied or approved and disseminated). If further consideration is thought necessary, the Chair may elect to obtain feedback from the Executive Committee.