County Executive Day and Commissioner of Personnel Joan Silvestri on Monday officially launched a new web-based service that allows residents to apply for civil service exams through the Internet. Applications are now accessible online at rocklandgov.com. “The move to paperless civil service exam applications is aligned with the County’s larger efforts to increase efficiencies and cut costs,” said County Executive Day. “In addition to saving County dollars, this new online program will reduce the costs to applicants in time, travel and mailing expenses.”
The benefits to Personnel Department employees include increased accuracy of information by removing the necessity of entering handwritten forms into a database, instant access to applicant data, the ability to make instant corrections and the reduction of paper. Although some individuals may not have Internet access, computers are increasingly available for public use at libraries, community organizations, nonprofit employment services, as well as through friends and family. It is important to note that the Department of Personnel will continue to accept paper applications for now. Rockland County encourages facilities that traditionally post paper exam announcements, such as schools and community centers, to continue to do so.