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> The Administrative Manual: The Policies and Procedures of Tompkins County Government

The Administrative Manual:
The Policies and Procedures of Tompkins County Government

The Tompkins County Administrative Manual contains the policies and procedures that guide the operation of county government, in compliance with federal, state, and local law and consistent with legislative policy.

The manual serves as a comprehensive reference guide to the rules by which county government operates. It is a resource for staff, our citizens, and those who work with county government.


The policies in this manual apply to all departments and administrative units of Tompkins County, excluding the Tompkins County Public Library and Tompkins-Cortland Community College, except where otherwise noted.

These policies apply to all employees of Tompkins County, including management and confidential, except as noted.

No policy is binding upon any member of the Legislature unless specifically noted.


To initiate a new policy or an update to an existing policy, the Legislature or County staff must complete the following forms.

Send the suggested modification(s) to the Department of County Administration for determining “responsible department” designation, processing and tracking.

Designated county department/division personnel will conduct an Impact Review and submit recommended changes or comments, via the Administrative Manual Impact Review Form, to the Department of County Administration for tracking and dissemination.

All policies maintained by Tompkins County Administration