The County Personnel and Civil Service Department is headed by a Personnel Officer appointed by the County Legislature. The Department is responsible for developing and administering a comprehensive personnel management system. Specific functions include the following: Staffing: recruiting, orientation of new employees, performance appraisal; Employee Training and Development: on-the-job training, supervisory training, educational programs; Wage and Salary Administration: pay policies, wage surveys, compensation, pay grades and salary ranges; Employee and Labor Relations: discipline, grievance handling, negotiations for collective bargaining under the Taylor Law, and contract administration; Employee benefits: health and hospitalization insurance, vacations, sick leave, retirement benefits, tuition aid programs, etc. Additionally, the Department has civil service oversight for the entire county. These responsibilities include payroll certification, job classification, and advice and assistance concerning New York State Civil Service Law for Steuben County’s 2 cities, 32 towns, 13 villages, 12 school districts, Corning Community College, 5 special districts, and county government.