City of Binghamton, New York

Personnel/Civil Service

To protect the health of our citizens & employees, Binghamton City Offices are closed until further notice. 

Employment applications and civil service exam applications are to be mailed to the Personnel Office or placed in the Personnel Drop-box located in the City Hall Lobby. Applications can be found by clicking "employment" on the top-right side of this page.  


Department Overview

The Department of Personnel/Civil Service is responsible for the administration of civil service functions, employment, labor relations, contract negotiations, employee relations and safety. This department provides support and consultation to all departments. 


Applications for Examination and Employment are available on the City of Binghamton's employment webpage. Applicants must answer every question on the application form and ensure that the application is complete. Incomplete applications will be rejected. Please note that falsification of any part of an application will result in disqualification. Candidates wishing to take more than one examination must complete the "application for civil service exam" for each examination. All experience required to meet the minimum qualification section is paid experience unless otherwise noted.

The Department of Personnel/Civil Service does not make formal acknowledgements of the receipt of an application or take responsibility for non-delivery of mail or postal delays.


Accepted candidates for examination will be notified of when and where to appear for the examination. Candidates will not be admitted to the examination unless they have an admission notice, Social Security Card and photo identification.

If candidates do not receive a notice to appear for the examination within four days of the examination, please contact the Department of Personnel/Civil Service. Disqualified candidates will be sent a notice.


If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this request on your applications. Accommodations may be made for religious reasons, individuals with disabilities, or in accordance with military law.

Religion. Accommodations may be made for religious reasons. Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, indicate this on your application. An alternative test date will be arranged.

Disabilities. Accommodations may be made for persons with disabilities.

Military. In accordance with Sections 242 and 243 of the New York State Military Law, accommodations may be made for any member of the armed forces who properly filed an application for a competitive examination within the announced filing period, but was unable to participate in the examination due to active military service, as well as for any other applicant who, due to active military service, was prevented from participating in a competitive examination for which he/she timely filed an application. A make-up examination will be arranged.

Veterans or disabled veterans desiring to claim additional credit may make application for such additional credit on their application for examination or at any time between the date of the application and the date of the establishment of the resulting eligible list. Veteran credit is added only to the score of the examination when the passing score of 70.0 or higher is attained by the candidate.

Eligible Lists

Successful candidates will have their names placed on an eligible list for this title in order of their final rating on the written test. If two or more eligibles receive the same final rating in the examination, they shall be ranked by the last 4 digits of Social Security number. The duration of an eligible list may be fixed for a minimum period of one year and not more than four years.

Except as otherwise provided in these rules, appointment or promotion to a position in the competitive  class shall be made by the selection of a person on the most nearly appropriate eligible list who is willing to accept such appointment and whose final rating in the examination is equal to or higher than the final rating of the third highest ranking eligible on the list indicating willingness to accept such appointment (i.e. "Rule of Three"). The term "ranking" refers to the order in which the names of eligible candidate appear. 

If an applicant moves, it is the applicant's responsibility to notify the Department of Personnel/Civil Service of the new address. Failure to notify this Department of a change of address may result in the loss of an eligible candidate's employment opportunity.