As being reported in Newsday, Babylon Town is planning to remove its workers from the Suffolk County civil service system and create their own department.
Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer said that giving the town direct control over its civil service issues would allow them to provide better service for the workforce.
Babylon would be the first town in Suffolk to run its own workforce, although Hempstead and North Hempstead towns in Nassau County have their own civil service departments.
Babylon town has hired Alan Schneider, who was formerly the head of the Suffolk Civil Service Department for 36 years, to consult with the town over the creation of its own civil service department. Schneider was fired from that position by County Executive Steve Bellone. State Supreme Justice Joseph Santorelli temporarily reinstated him after restraining orders were filed by Babylon and Brookhaven towns, but Schneider then formally resigned a few hours later.
Jo-Anne Taormina is currently acting county personnel director. Bellone has yet to put in a resolution for her legislative confirmation.
Schaffer named Judith Garrick, in the town comptroller’s office, who handles personnel matters for the town as the person who he expects to head the new Department of Civil Service.
The town board voted on Sept. 4 to set two public hearings on the matter for its Sept. 25 meeting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 200 Sunrise Hwy. in Lindenhurst.
Schaffer said he expects the town board to vote in favor of the new department in October. State law requires a yearlong transition, overseen by the state Department of Civil Service, before the town can fully take over operations from the county.