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Reviewed Date: May 26, 2021

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Sep 27, 2002

Public works--Personnel

Public Works Supervisor

Job description for the position of Public Works Supervisor.


The employee is responsible for supervising street and sanitation operations, performed by directing activities of personnel. Duties also include executing a variety of construction and maintenance tasks under the general supervision of the Public Works Director.
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, construction equipment, including loader, grader, backhoe, chain saws, rakes and shovels.
Work is generally performed outdoors, and tasks are performed regardless of weather conditions.
The employee is exposed to loud noise, dust, dirt, and tobacco smoke.


Directs personnel on assigned tasks.
Assumes the duties of Public Works Director during his absence.
Operates other vehicles and equipment, such as loaders, graders, backhoe.
Sees to the proper loading of trucks.
Watches for the safety of personnel.
Removes debris from streets to relieve safety hazards.
Inspects equipment for mechanical problems and sees that these problems are corrected.
Must react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and determine proper course of action.
Ability to explain and interpret regulations and policies to the public and employees.
Must be able to maintain an effective working relationship with employees of the Departments.
Must deal effectively with citizen complaints regarding Department procedures.
Performs additional duties or emergency duties after normal work hours when requested by Supervisor or designee.

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

Helps load and unload truck when necessary.
Works as a Sanitation crew member when necessary.
Operates other vehicles and equipment when necessary.
Cleans equipment and tools.


Knowledge of the principles of supervision.
Knowledge of practices used in the operation of assigned equipment.
Knowledge of State and City traffic regulations.
Knowledge of safety precautions.
Knowledge of the routine care and use of motor vehicles.
Knowledge of the materials and equipment used in general maintenance and construction work.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
Ability to operate assigned equipment.
Ability to direct the work of subordinates.


Must be a high school graduate or equivalent, or 8 years experience in road construction and maintenance.
Experience in road construction and maintenance.
Must pass drug screen by licensed physician.
Must have valid Tennessee Driver's License.
Must comply with City's "Weight Control Policy."

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