Administrative Directory

Commissioner Timothy R. Hogues

Timothy R. Hogues serves as the Commissioner for the Department of Civil Service and President of the Civil Service Commission. He was nominated by Governor Kathy Hochul to serve in these roles in April 2022 and unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate in June 2022.

Commissioner Hogues most recently served as the Personnel Commissioner for Erie County where he was responsible for overseeing services provided to over more than 130 appointing authorities and approximately 24,000 employees countywide through the implementation and maintenance of services that support and facilitate the recruiting, selection, hiring, development, and retention of local government and school district employees in accordance with Civil Service Laws and Regulations. Commissioner Hogues began this role after being appointed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in 2019.

Previously, Commissioner Hogues served as Commissioner for the Erie County Department of Senior Services where, under his leadership, the Department worked diligently to improve the quality of care at nursing homes throughout Erie County. As part of these efforts, Commissioner Hogues championed a new initiative with the Erie County Executive to ensure that nursing homes notified families quickly after a reportable event and increased transparency and accountability via semi-annual reporting. In addition, Mr. Hogues also took on the challenge of a steadily declining participation in the congregate dining program in Erie County by improving the congregate dining experience and creating non-traditional dining options for thousands of eligible older adults across Erie County. During his tenure, he was also able to increase partnerships and meaningful programming within faith-based, LGBTQ+, and across communities of color, to ensure better access to information and services.

From 2012-2013, Mr. Hogues also served as a member of the Erie County Legislature. In addition to his years of dedicated government service, Mr. Hogues also worked as an Operations Manager at private firms across the Buffalo area, helping them improve their bottom line, strengthen operations, and improve overall customer service.

Commissioner Hogues serves on several community Boards throughout the Buffalo area and is a licensed minister at Elim Christian Fellowship in Buffalo. Commissioner Hogues is a proud graduate of University of Buffalo where he graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration and Management.

Executive Deputy Commissioner - Rebecca A. Corso

Rebecca A. Corso serves as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Civil Service. In this role, Executive Deputy Commissioner Corso oversees the Department's operations and works in partnership with the Commissioner to ensure the agency is fulfilling its mission. Executive Deputy Commissioner Corso has been with the Department of Civil Service since 2016 and has previously served as the Acting Commissioner and as the Deputy Commissioner for Operations during her time with the agency.

Executive Deputy Commissioner Corso has 18 years of experience in the administration of New York State government programs and operations. Prior to joining the Department of Civil Service, she focused on long-term care and health care finance as a Deputy Director with the Office of Health Insurance Programs within the New York State Department of Health.

Previously, she also served as Associate Budget Examiner with the New York State Division of Budget and was a senior consultant focusing on health care issues for Public Consulting Group. Executive Deputy Commissioner Corso has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Binghamton University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University at Albany.

Deputy Commissioner for Administration - Jian Paolucci

Jian Paolucci serves as the Deputy Commissioner for Administration for the Department of Civil Service. In this role, Deputy Commissioner Paolucci oversees the day-to-day administrative functions of the agency, which includes oversight of the Office of Financial Administration, the Office of Human Resources and Administrative Planning, the Public Information Office, and Office of Strategic Planning and Innovation. Deputy Commissioner Paolucci first joined the Department of Civil Service in 2016, and has previously served as the Director of Public Information and External Affairs during his time with the agency.

Deputy Commissioner for Municipal Services - Joe Cavazos

Joe Cavazos serves as the Deputy Commissioner for Municipal Services, Commission Operations and Audit and Risk Management for the Department of Civil Service. In this role, Deputy Commissioner Cavazos oversees Municipal Services, which provides technical advice and assistance to 95 local civil service agencies and supports the Civil Service Commission in review of local rulemaking proposals and analysis of 211 waiver requests and Commission Operations, which supports the Civil Service Commission in review or state rulemaking proposals and amendments to these rules for State Service. Deputy Commissioner Cavazos has been with the Department and served in this role since 2016.

Deputy Commissioner for Diversity, Inclusion, & Merit System Operations - Michael Washington

Michael Washington serves as the Deputy Commissioner for Diversity, Inclusion and Merit System Operations for the Department of Civil Service. In this role, Deputy Commissioner Washington is responsible for the oversight of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Management, the Staffing Services Division and the Testing Services Division. These divisions are responsible for supporting efforts to increase diversity in the State workforce and developing and centrally administering exams to candidates for competitive class positions in state and local governments. Deputy Commissioner Washington first joined the Department of Civil Service in 2018 and has previously served as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Management during his time with the agency.

General Counsel - Eugene Sarfoh

Eugene Sarfoh serves as the General Counsel for the Department of Civil Service. In this role, General Counsel Sarfoh provides legal counsel and advice to the Department to ensure that all activities conform to applicable legal requirements, to protect the Department's and Civil Service Commission's interests and to help the agency accomplish its mission in a legally sound fashion. General Counsel Sarfoh has been with the Department and served in this role since 2021.

Office of Audit and Risk Management is responsible for administering a comprehensive audit and review program that provides assurance and consulting services to management staff. The Office also coordinates with the Office of Information Technology Services to ensure adequate information-security policies, procedures, review, response and evaluation protocols are in place to protect agency information assets. Leif Engstrom
Classification & Compensation (C&C) administers a sound and responsive position classification and compensation plan that ensures fairness, equity, and sensitivity to market conditions; and helps the State attract and retain talent. This is accomplished through review of requests for new positions, changes in the title and salary grade of existing positions, and salary differentials; and establishment of title specifications. C&C also serves a consultative role in the rightsizing of State government by its work helping newly organized or reorganized agencies achieve organizational structures conducive to their missions. Abner JeanPierre
Commission Operations assists State agencies in discharging their duties under the oversight of the State Civil Service Commission. Commission staff reviews, analyzes, and provides recommendations on matters presented to the Civil Service Commission, providing an independent assessment on a wide range of state and local requests. These requests include jurisdictional classifications, appeals, changes to Civil Service Rules and Regulations, matters of local civil service jurisdictions, operating division staff requests and other matters requiring Commission determination. Al Jordan
Office of Counsel provides legal counsel and advice to the Department, as well as other State government entities. Its goals are to ensure that all activities conform to applicable legal requirements, to protect the Department's and Commission's interests, and to help the agency and each of its divisions to accomplish their missions in a legally sound fashion. This advice covers a wide spectrum of practice areas, including matters relating to employment, labor, discrimination, employee benefits, healthcare reform, privacy, and procurements/contracts. Eugene Sarfoh
General Counsel
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Management (ODIM) is responsible for supporting all State agencies in developing a Statewide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, as well as a Framework and Implementation Plan to increase diversity in the workforce, and cultivate and promote an environment of workplace inclusion, pursuant to Executive Order No. 187. ODIM assists State agencies with incorporating equal employment opportunity principles into their operational policies and practices, including the vital programs and services delivered to State employees and the public. Nicole Keith
Employee Benefits has the lead role for administering the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), one of the largest public employer health insurance programs in the nation covering more than 1.2 million lives. Program administration includes maintenance of enrollment records; technical support to front-line human resources staff in more than 1,300 State and participating local government agencies; enrollee customer services; and benefit plan communications. Daniel Yanulavich
Office of Financial Administration is responsible for overall agency fiscal management, including budget preparation; the monitoring of accounts receivables and accounts payables; and the development of NYSHIP premiums for billing to enrollees and participating local government agencies. In addition, the Office is responsible for administering the procurement process, from the solicitation of offeror bids to the development of contracts; and overseeing centralized office services including property management and mailroom operations. Katelyn Wilder
Acting Director
Office of Human Resources and Administrative Planning (OHRAP) oversees programs and policies relating to the employment of Department personnel. OHRAP is responsible for all staffing and personnel transactions, including recruitment efforts, administrative analysis, employee relations, performance evaluations, and onboarding. Valerie Morrison
Municipal Services (MSD) provides technical advice and assistance to 95 local civil service agencies on the full range of civil service activities as required by Civil Service Law. Division staff also support the Commission in its monitoring of New York City's provisional employee reduction activities, review of local rulemaking proposals, and analysis of section 211 waiver requests. Maria Kenneally
Frank Belleville
Public Information Office (PIO) is responsible for maintaining a broad-based communications program to ensure that all interested constituent groups are aware of Department programs and services. The Director of Public Information serves as the spokesperson for the Department and communicates proactively through media interaction and the dissemination of announcements to the general public. In addition, the Office oversees the coordination of FOIL requests, in consultation with the Department's subject matter experts and Counsel's Office. Further, the Office administers the agency's public website and responds to general inquiries from job seekers, State employees, and other constituents. Erin McCarthy
Staffing Services (SSD) is responsible for assisting State agencies with staffing the State service. SSD provides merit system guidance and oversight: examination planning, development and implementation; personnel recruitment and placement services; career mobility guidance; eligible list management; appointment transaction processing and payroll certification to over 70 State agencies. In carrying out these responsibilities, SSD staff interacts with a variety of clientele, including personnel and program representatives of State agencies, current and former State employees, job seekers, and employee organizations. SSD also oversees the Employee Health Service (EHS), which is responsible for medical examination services, including pre-employment, fitness-for-duty / return-to-work, and occupational health examinations, for all New York State departments and agencies. In addition, Health Service Nurses perform occupational health screening and immunization services throughout the State. Jessica Rowe
Strategic Planning & Innovation performs management activities designed to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, and ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working together to achieve measurable results. The Division also leads critical Department projects, manages state-wide reporting and provides oversight for information technology projects and support. Heather Orth
Testing Services (TSD) is responsible for the development, administration, scoring, and validation of tests for State agencies and local jurisdictions. TSD is divided into two major functional areas: Test Development, which is responsible for examination planning, test development, post-test analysis, and validation; and Testing Systems and Support, which is responsible for coordinating testing information systems and for test administration, which includes the production of test booklets and related test materials, printing and shipping, and scoring tests. Debra Bruns