Tompkins County
New York


Creation of a Public Administration Management Fellowship Program and Associated Positions


Department:Human Resources DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Personnel (Positions, Salaries, Benefits)


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Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, the County sought assistance from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) Public Service Exchange to research the potential and practicality of a county-sponsored management fellowship program for recent Masters-level graduates, and


              WHEREAS, local governments like Tompkins County are faced with mass retirements, competition for talent, and the need to develop opportunities to improve recruitment, hiring, and retention capability of the next generation of public sector leaders, and that fellowship programs are recognized as an emerging best practice to help address these challenges, and


              WHEREAS, a county-sponsored fellowship program would enhance the organization’s ability to attract diverse talent with the fresh perspectives and skill sets necessary to keep Tompkins County on the cutting edge of local government in New York State, and


              WHEREAS, the CIPA team proposed a three-year pilot program to give the County an opportunity to test the performance and potential benefits of a county-sponsored fellowship program, and


              WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature supports the pilot concept for the reasons stated above, and has approved funding for the first year of a three-year, multi-year over-target request to support the 2018 operating costs of the program, and


              WHEREAS, the pilot program proposes start up with two 40-hour per week Management Fellows positions, assigned to the Department of County Administration staffing roster, that will be filled with staggered appointments and that will continue for no longer than eighteen months per appointment, and


              WHEREAS, Section 64, Subsection 3 of the New York State Civil Service law indicates that the Commissioner of Human Resources may authorize temporary appointments without examination when the person appointed will render professional services on a full-time or regular part-time basis in a temporary position established to conduct a special study or project for a period not exceeding eighteen months and where it has been determined that it will not be practical to hold an examination of any kind, and


              WHEREAS, the Commissioner has determined that individual Public Administration Management Fellows will render professional services consisting of special studies or projects on a temporary basis for a period not exceeding eighteen months, and that it is not practical to hold examinations of any kind, and


              WHEREAS, incumbents will be paid an hourly rate of $21.64, which equates to $45,011 per year for a 40-hour per week position, and will have access to such fringe benefits as are available to management staff, including health insurance and New York State Retirement, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee, That, effective immediately, two positions of Public Administration Management Fellow, Grade 78/Job Code 4221 are hereby created at 40-hours per week at an annual salary of $45,011 per year with access to all fringe benefits normally available to Management staff,


              RESOLVED, further, That sufficient monies to fund these positions for 2018 exist in the following accounts:

County Administration              1230 51000/Regular Pay

County Administration              1230 58800/Fringes



Meeting History

Nov 14, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
MOVER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
SECONDER:Daniel Klein, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
Nov 21, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
MOVER:James Dennis, Member
SECONDER:Anna Kelles, Member
AYES:Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler
NAYS:Dooley Kiefer
EXCUSED:Shawna Black, Will Burbank, David McKenna