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Reviewed Date: June 05, 2017

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Sep 27, 2002

Public works--Administration
Public works--Personnel

Public Works Director

Job description for the position of Public Works Director.

Knowledgebase-Public Works Director


The employee is responsible for streets, sanitation, and garage department operations, performed by planning, organizing and directing the overall activities of the Departments. Duties also include executing a variety of construction and maintenance tasks under the general supervision of the City Administrator and Street Committee.
Independent judgement is used according to the situation and different courses of action must be taken to complete the department tasks.


The employee will operate light duty vehicle, mobile radios, walkies, camcorders, VCR'S, computers, surveying instruments and other modern office equipment.
Employee supervises public works operations throughout the City and at the Landfill.
The work must be performed in all kinds of weather conditions.
The employee is exposed to tobacco smoke.


Oversees budgetary operations and prepares budget as required.
Promulgates regulations to ensure proper organization and use of personnel.
Supervises contract construction.
Plans and directs activities of the Departments.
Performs administrative activities of the Departments.
Coordinates formal and on the job training programs for recruits and personal development.
Keeps records and prepares reports including personnel reports.
Must react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and determine proper course of action.
Must deal effectively with citizen complaints regarding department procedures.
Ability to explain and interpret regulations and ordinances to the public and employees.
Must be able to maintain an effective working relationship with employees of the Departments.
Cooperates with other Departments of the City to unite the City as one.

(Any one position may not include all of the listed duties or duties which may be performed.)

Inspects equipment.
Coordinates equipment.
Operates equipment of the Departments when necessary.


Knowledge of personnel policies and procedures.
Knowledge of construction and maintenance principles.
Knowledge of the materials and equipment used in general maintenance and construction work.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
Knowledge of the principles and methods of supervision.
Knowledge of the City's provision of emergency procedures.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates.
Ability to use necessary tools and equipment in performance of required skills.
Ability to evaluate situations and make decisions.
Ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly.
Ability to keep records and make reports.


Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
Must complete a basic supervisory course, if offered by City.
Must pass drug screen by licensed physician.
Must have supervisory experience.
Must have considerable experience in construction, maintenance, equipment operation, or related fields.
Must comply with City's "Weight Control Policy.”

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