Personnel Department

Oneonta Municipal Civil Service Commission

City Hall

258 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Telephone (607) 432-0670
Fax (607) 432-1706

The City of Oneonta is an equal opportunity employer. The New York State Human Rights Law (Article 15) prohibits discrimination in employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military/veteran status, sex, marital status, disability, religion, pregnancy and related conditions, familial status, criminal or arrest history, predisposing genetic characteristics, or domestic violence victim status.

Our offices are open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday - Friday (except holidays).

Katie Böttger, Personnel Director
David Coury, Personnel Assistant

The Personnel Department is responsible for human resources and civil service administration.

The office is in charge of personnel recruitment, benefit administration, and providing assistance with labor relations.

Employee Recognition:

The City of Oneonta recognizes employees for exemplary service to the community.  Nominations for recognition can be submitted by city staff, elected officials, or the public at-large.  Nominations can  acknowledge services rendered by a City of Oneonta employee that demonstrate an exemplary level of dedication, helpfulness, or kindness.  To nominate an employee, please submit the below form to the Personnel Department.

City of Oneonta Employee of the Quarter Nomination Form

Civil Service Commission

Under the authority of the Oneonta Municipal Civil Service Commission, the personnel office is also responsible for Civil Service administration for the City of Oneonta, the Oneonta City School District, Huntington Memorial Library, and the Oneonta Housing Authority.

The Oneonta Municipal Civil Service Commission consists of three commissioners appointed by the mayor to serve six year terms. The Commissioners are:

Keith Bott (Chair), Elizabeth Burns, and Russ Southard

Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Common Council Chamber at City Hall unless otherwise announced by the Office of the City Clerk.

To apply for any job opportunity or civil service exam listed below, please download, complete, and submit the following application:


City Hall remains closed due to the COVID-19 state of emergency.  Job seekers may apply for vacancies as follows:

  1. (Emails submissions - this option is not available to applicants for the Police Exam) Download, complete and save the fill-able application form and return the application via email to  Candidates will be required to sign the deceleration section of the application at a later date.
  2. Download, print, complete and sign the fill-able application form and return it via mail to the address above.
  3. Call (607) 432-0670 and request a blank application form be mailed to you. Complete and sign the form and return it via mail to the address above.

Please call or email with any questions. Calls will likely go to voicemail since staff may be working remotely.  Please leave a message and you will receive a return call the same or next business day.

Application for Examination or Employment

Police applications must be accompanied by a "Statement of Understanding"

Employment Opportunities With the City of Oneonta:

Accountant (Provisional): Duty Statement - Advertisement

Bus Driver (Part-time): Duty Statement - Advertisement

Engineering GIS Technician (Provisional): Duty Statement - Advertisement

Firefighter (Part-time): Duty Statement - Firefighter Residency Requirements

Heavy Equipment Operator (Full-time): Duty Statement - Advertisement

Maintenance Workers (Full-time): Duty Statement - Advertisement

Motor Equipment Operator (Full-time): Duty Statement - Advertisement

Purchasing Agent (Provisional): Duty Statement - Advertisement

Civil Service Exam Announcements:

Police Officer - Exam Announcement

Police Officer Recruiting:

New York State schedules the exam for entry-level police officers in mid-September each year. In years in which Oneonta opts to participate in the exam, the official exam announcement will be released in June and the last day to apply will be in early August.

Link: Test Guide for Local Government Examinations: Law Enforcement Officer, Entry Level

To apply for the next police exam, candidates must submit an application along with all items indicated on the last page of the exam annoucement after the official exam announcement is released and before the deadline which will be stated in the announcement.

To be eligible for appointment a candidate must be reachable on the eligible list established as a result of the written exam and must successfully pass the subsequent physical agility test.

Police Officer - Fitness Requirements

Please note that the Oneonta Commission does not allow retests if a candidate fails the physical agility test and does not accept results from physical agility tests hosted by other civil service agencies. Candidates must take the test administered by this agency and must pass on the first attempt.

The date of the physical agility test will be announced around the time of the written test. The alternate test date policy as stated on the exam announcement for the written test applies to both the written exam and physical agility test.

A candidate who is reachable on the list and passes the agility test will be eligible for an interview. After the interview process, select candidates will receive a conditional job offer, Those candidates then must satisfactorily pass background, psychological, medical, and drug screenings before being officially appointed.  

For more specific information regarding employment with the Oneonta Police Department, please visit their career page.

Civil Service Forms:

Application for Examination or Employment
Application for Veterans' Credits
Disabled Veterans' Record Authorization
Non-Disabled Veterans' Verification Authorization
Cross Filing Form
Fee Waiver Form

Civil Service Resources:

State Civil Service Website
Test Guides and Resource Booklets from NYS Civil Service

City of Oneonta Employee Resources:

Discriminatory and Sexual Harassment Prevention Program
Workplace Violence Policy
Workplace Violence Prevention Program
Workplace Violence Incident Report
NYS Retirement System website
NYS Deferred Compensation website