Schenectady County Sheriff-Civil Service Exams- Correction Officer

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Mike

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Aug 8, 2012
 
I learned my lesson. Over two years ago I took the exam for the above title. I scored very well too. Well over two years later I havent even as so much been contacted. I paid the fee to take the test, took the day off work, scored well. I thought I did everything right. Guess not.

A lot of people have been hired from the test though. Most of whom scored far below me too!!! I guess its depends on what your last name is and or who your related to near as I can tell. Oh well just another shining example of good ole crooked Schenectady law enforcement bs. They only hire their own instead of qualified candidates who scored well and in order on civil service exams.

I just wish they wouldnt announce them as "Open competetive exams" when they clearly are not. At this point I dont want anything to do with that department. Im not crooked and dont even want to be part of that culture! I have been hired from a totally different department! They appear to hire in order! What a waste of time!
Andy

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Aug 8, 2012
 
I took it too. What a joke and a time waster! If your not related to someone there or have a relative in law enforcement you have no shot! I even voted for the Sheriff. I wouldnt even work there at this point either. Imagine the politics inside? Not fair for everyone else who paid and took the time to test. Im sure civil service covers everything up nice and neatly for them too! Schenectady county goverment sucks!!!!!
I think a Dagastino even runs civil service so go figure
Huh

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Aug 8, 2012
 
So that's what happened? I took it to. In April of 2010. I scored in the top 20 and nothing. That pisses me off. Ive been wondering why I havent heard anything. That is so wrong. I heard the Sheriff may become the Chief of the city pd. That should do wonders for the department if this is how they roll! Wouldnt have bothered with the test thats for sure
Spanky

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#5
Aug 25, 2012
 
Oh really?!?!? I took that f-ing test too. I found this forum while trying to see if they were going to give another test. I knew something shady was up. F them and that department. Guys that work there have told me they hate it and that the department had several lawsuits being brought on by employees for all sorts of issues. Huh, had I known any of this I never would have taken the time out of my day knowing I had no shot of being hired. That really sucks. I heard the under sheriff's daughter was hired and I know for a fact that I scored higher than her. Crooked. Maybe they should attempt to defend themselves. Oh thats right they dont have to.
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Sep 7, 2012
 
They hired this kid a few years back. I worked with him at the jail. Well he failed his pre-employment psyc, had no prior jobs, was well into his 20's, and one heck of a bad attitude. Needless to say he never came to work or kept his word on swaps. Just not a good employee in general. He no longer works there. How did he get the job you may ask? He was related to the Hamiltons somehow! That is the only thing that got him the job. Forget about other qualified candidates. Forget about someone who really wanted to work here. So ladies and gentlemen just be forewarned that taking a test for this position is in FACT a waste of time generally speaking. I do wonder how I was hired sometimes. I am in fact not related to anyone there
In defense

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Sep 12, 2012
 
In defense of said comments, may I add. We were very short on female CO's. The State does mandate down to the County who needs to be staffed. Whether it be x amount of females..etc. They audit every jail in the State. That being said...They have hired the least competant they have possibly could. It is based on relation near as I can tell. Doesnt take a genious to be a CO at a jail.

We could use some people who are dedicated. People who want the job. People who are a good fit.

All of that being said..I agree with all of the above. They do hire those who are related first. Not going to say names, but they do. That is a fact. My nephew is on the list higher up and he has been skipped ( meaning not canvassed in order).

Like the first poster said...good ole Schenectady LE. I will add if you dont know a double dippin' guy there, you have a very slim chance. Double dippin' is having an 70k or more pension, and then getting your other 80k a year job just cause...well you know people and can.
sick of it

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Oct 18, 2012
 
All I can say regarding the above posts is that Schenectady voters have gotten just what they deserve. When you continually vote the party line you just don't get the really good people. When are people here going to learn that "good ole boy" politics doesn't work? Did you really expect this sheriff not to insulate himself with those that gave him money and time and effort, members of his own insular group? It's called" payback" and "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine." When it comes to new hires and promotions that"s what happens-- family, friends and folks you know that will never challenge you..And why shouldn't they "double dip?" It may be immoral but it is not against the law. Ask Gary McCarthy, the mayor, he'll tell you. If you think it's wrong, lets change the laws. One party rule in Schenectady, both the city and the county, have led to this. If you voted for any of them you invited it.
Tyranny

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Oct 22, 2012
 
That department, from what I hear, is run like a mob. The men at the top investigate petty matters, intimidate employees with strong arm interview tactics, punish employees harshly for human error, and take work issues personally, etc. I have heard of the sheriff himself making comments such as " you guys take my kindness for a weakness" or "I'll have his/her head on a platter" or "that person f@cked me so I'm going to f@ck them." The man they have in charge of internal investigations plays both sides of the fence, telling the sheriff what he wants to hear while going around spreading rumors and injecting fear into the employee pool to cause "drama." Tyranny at its finest. I putty the men and women who work under these people.
Sick of it

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#10
Oct 23, 2012
 
The mob is the Schenectady Democratic Party. The county manager is at it head with the sheriff falling in line. They are all good ole boys. County manager used to be the employee unions lawyer so you can guess how effective they are in protecting their membership from the sheriffs henchman , the superintendent. When the regime changed after the last election out went PAul Brown, Buffardi's henchman,(on a full pay disability for work induced stress) and in came the new. Where else but in Schenectady can the former sheriff's wife be on "light duty" for the past 15 or so years? ONLY IN SCHENECTADY !
Boom

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Oct 23, 2012
 

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Smdh

Since: Oct 12

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Oct 23, 2012
 
Snoop a loop wrote:
They hired this kid a few years back. I worked with him at the jail. Well he failed his pre-employment psyc, had no prior jobs, was well into his 20's, and one heck of a bad attitude. Needless to say he never came to work or kept his word on swaps. Just not a good employee in general. He no longer works there. How did he get the job you may ask? He was related to the Hamiltons somehow! That is the only thing that got him the job. Forget about other qualified candidates. Forget about someone who really wanted to work here. So ladies and gentlemen just be forewarned that taking a test for this position is in FACT a waste of time generally speaking. I do wonder how I was hired sometimes. I am in fact not related to anyone there
Hey Snoop i dont know how you can say that it is a waste of time to take the test.

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Oct 23, 2012
 
Tyranny wrote:
That department, from what I hear, is run like a mob. The men at the top investigate petty matters, intimidate employees with strong arm interview tactics, punish employees harshly for human error, and take work issues personally, etc. I have heard of the sheriff himself making comments such as " you guys take my kindness for a weakness" or "I'll have his/her head on a platter" or "that person f@cked me so I'm going to f@ck them." The man they have in charge of internal investigations plays both sides of the fence, telling the sheriff what he wants to hear while going around spreading rumors and injecting fear into the employee pool to cause "drama." Tyranny at its finest. I putty the men and women who work under these people.
Run like the Mob....are you serious.
alvin

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Oct 24, 2012
 
Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang wala wala bang bang....sham a lama ding dong
Simone

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Oct 24, 2012
 
Chances are that department is watching this at this point, with IP adresses and all. Scary stuff! They know who you are probably.

Since: Oct 12

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#16
Oct 24, 2012
 
Not sure who is who on here but if anyone on here works there my advice to you is dont post anything stupid. Just some friendly advice....
the capodecina don

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Oct 27, 2012
 
Sheriff Dagostino has accomplished everything he has pushed for and wanted to achieve in his campaign . The city and county are both hurting financially and he still has been able to implement effective programs and save the taxpayers money . The sheriff has assembled an administration that is proactive and not reactive and the quality of the job of being an officer at the jail has greatly improved ! People can talk but the facts are there and the smallest group will try to make the biggest noise .
Jaws

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Apr 12, 2013
 
Yeah I agree that place blows

Since: Oct 12

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Apr 12, 2013
 
Jaws wrote:
Yeah I agree that place blows
Waaaa ! Not happy ?
regular

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Apr 24, 2013
 
the capodecina don wrote:
Sheriff Dagostino has accomplished everything he has pushed for and wanted to achieve in his campaign . The city and county are both hurting financially and he still has been able to implement effective programs and save the taxpayers money . The sheriff has assembled an administration that is proactive and not reactive and the quality of the job of being an officer at the jail has greatly improved ! People can talk but the facts are there and the smallest group will try to make the biggest noise .
Hands down the above is the best reply of the standard set by The Sheriff. There are no favorites, no coercion, no racism, no mob. For all intend and purpose, this department is run on a shoe string budget, Sheriff Dagostino selects the best staff he has and can find from many different walks of life. The only thing he commands is loyalty and respect for who and what he is to this county and his division. I live here and have lived in Schenectady most of my life. I have heard enough bashing. Those of you whiners need to grow up and look at yourself a little more closely. Maybe you just didn't cut it for personality, and professionalism. And from your comments, it would appear the Sheriff was right in not selecting you. Scoring high on an exam in no way means your the best prospect for employment. I would rather have a low scoring employee who knows the loyalty and respect due than an impudent imp with no social skills. Stay in Boston, there's no room for your attitude here.
Dman

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#21
Jun 6, 2013
 
Haaaaa. Professionalism? At scsd what a joke
Ya no room for him there y cuz he's not related to someone at scsd. The most unprofessional people in schdy work there for this exact reason

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