Civil Service Commission

The Town of Hempstead Civil Service Commission, under the day-to-day supervision of the Executive Director, is charged with implementing and ensuring compliance with the rules, regulations, and requirements of the New York State Department of Civil Service. Functions supervised by the Commission and the Executive Director include classification of job titles, maintaining employee records, the administration of civil service examinations, establishment and administration of eligible lists, ratification of examinations, and employment applications.



  • Arthur J. Nastre, Chairman
  • William Harkins, Commissioner
  • Giovanni Cesarano, Commissioner

The Civil Service Commission is composed of three Commissioners who are appointed by the Town Board. Each Commissioner serves a six-year term. The three terms are staggered so that a Commissioner is appointed every two years.

Executive Director

  • Robert W. Schmidt, Executive Director

The Executive Director is appointed by the Commissioners. The responsibilities of the Executive Director are to carry out the everyday functions of the Civil Service Commission.

Classification & Personnel Actions Division

This Division is charged with ensuring that the responsibilities, duties, and qualifications of each Town job specification is current and valid. The Division also processes applications for employment received from the Director of Human Resources, evaluating the qualifications and backgrounds of applicants according to established requirements and recommending approval or disapproval. In addition, it administers the roster records for all full-time and seasonal/part-time Town employees and conducts a semi-annual payroll certification in accordance with New York State Civil Service Law.

Testing & Evaluation Division

The primary responsibility of this Division is to ensure fair, impartial, and effective administration of competitive-class title civil service examinations. The Division orders or writes required examinations and prepares, distributes, and publicizes examination announcements. The division also provides information to employees and non-employees interested in civil service examinations, examines and evaluates the qualifications of applicants for examination, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Commission and the Executive Director. Applications are processed for examination and candidates are notified of their eligibility to take an examination.

Update - Reduction in Number of Pre-Rating Review Sites

In certain instances, the State of New York's Civil Service Commission allowed for an opportunity referred to as Pre-Rating Review. This occurred on the Saturday following the date of the written test at one of 11 test centers across the State of New York.

The Town of Hempstead has received new instructions pertaining to these reviews. The State has reduced the previous number of test sites from 11 to three. According to the new regulations the sites are Albany, Buffalo, and New York City. This change will be in effect until further notice.

Town of Hempstead Is an Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Town of Hempstead to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or marital status.

Residency: Unless otherwise specified, all candidates must be a resident of the Town of Hempstead for at least four months immediately preceding the date of the examination (Proof may be required).