Public Works Director

January 12, 2022
Sonoma, CA
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The Public Works Director reports directly to the City Manager and is responsible for operating, maintaining, and upgrading the City's water and transportation systems, parks, facilities, and cemeteries. This position is responsible for overseeing an operational budget of approximately $8.7 million and a Capital Improvement Program budget of approximately $3.8 million. The Public Works Director will represent the City with outside agencies by functioning as an intergovernmental coordinator for water supplies, traffic issues, Caltrans, and other regional governance boards. This individual will serve as a representative for the Department, and they will attend City Council meetings regularly. The successful candidate will direct the development and administration of the departmental budget; review budget proposals of each division; prepare the five-year capital improvement program; direct the preparation of reports on the budgetary and staffing requirements of proposed policies and projects; assign projects and coordinate work of staff; and have general accountability for the effectiveness of all operations.


The ideal candidate will have knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the construction and management of streets, parks, water utilities, stormwater, and cemetery services. The successful candidate will use their technical expertise and interpersonal skills to meet the goals and objectives of the Department and City. They will also build relationships with supervisors, staff, key stakeholders, City leadership, the community at large, and engineering consulting firms, making interpersonal and communication skills important to have. Ideally, the candidate will have a robust background in water utility management and will be customer-service minded, an excellent project manager, and a mentor to the future leaders of the City.

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