City Hall Third Floor
317 E. Church Street
Elmira, New York 14901
Tel: (607) 737-5993
Fax: (607) 737-5824
Regular Office Hours
M-F:8:30am to 4:30pm
Kimberlee Balok Middaugh Esq.
Deputy City Manager/Personnel Director
The Personnel Office is responsible for hiring, benefits administration,
labor relations, safety, training, and diversity issues. Hiring for the majority
of jobs in the City of Elmira requires appointment through a Civil Service
Examination administered by the Chemung County/City of Elmira Regional Civil
Information for examinations can be obtained at the Chemung County/City of
Elmira Regional Civil Service Commission Office at the Hazlett Building or on
Regional Civil Service Commission on chemungcounty.com
The City of Elmira employs individuals in the following occupational areas:
- Police Officer
- General Administration
- Information Technology
- Skilled Trades
- Maintenance and Grounds
- Solid Waste Collection
- Automotive Mechanic
All jobs in government fall under the Civil Service System. A "Civil Service" employee can be anyone from a secretary to a nurse, a mechanic, a laboratory technician, a truck driver, a building inspector, an electrician, or a teacher aide. However, different Civil Service jobs have different requirements.
Police and Firefighter Employment
All Police and Fire employees are competitive positions and
are considered, interviewed, and hired based on the list provided by the
Regional Civil Service Commission. To be hired into these positions, you must
take the exam and score well enough to make the list. When a vacancy
occurs, the City of Elmira will seek applicants to fill the vacancy from the
civil service list
Click here for more on Police Employment
Click here for more on Fire Employment
Continuous Recruitment Positions
Continuous recruitment positions often do not require a Civil Service Exam. These positions are part time or temporary positions that are filled based on need. Current continuous recruitment positions are:
- Laborer: for seasonal work such as mowing or street work and golf
- Kennel Worker: part time for work required at the Elmira Animal
- Crossing Guard Substitute: part time to fill in for crossing guards
Those interested should complete the City of Elmira Employment Application and submit it to the Personnel Office. Personnel will keep all applications on file and review them when a position becomes available.
Competitive PositionsCompetitive positions require that vacancies be filled from an established list of qualified candidates from the Regional Civil Service Commission. To be eligible for these positions when they are available, you should take the Civil Service Exam for the specified position when it is offered. After taking the exam, if you score high enough, the Regional Civil Service Commission will add you to the list of qualified applicants and you should complete a City of Elmira Employment Application and submit a resume. When a vacancy needs to be filled, the City will contact the individuals on the list based on their application and resume to consider them for employment.
Exempt and Non-Competitive Positions
Exempt and Non-Competitive Positions are hired or appointed in a manner similar to private industry. These positions have specific qualifications or educational requirements. When a vacancy occurs in one of these positions, the City of Elmira will advertise the vacancy and the requirements for the position All department head positions are exempt and non-competitive.
Questions about Employment
If you have questions about employment and opportunities with the City of
Elmira, please contact Personnel.
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We welcome inquiries from individuals regarding permanent employment, internships, or volunteering to gain valuable work experience.
The City of Elmira does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed,
color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
The City of Elmira is an Equal Opportunity Employer