Director Public Works
DeKalb County, GA - Decatur, GA

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Plans, organizes, and administers the County’s Public Works programs which include the operations and activities of the major divisions: Fleet Maintenance, Roads and Drainage, Sanitation, and Transportation.


Oversees the County’s Public Works function to include the design, administration, and implementation of Public Works policies, procedures, and programs; participates in executive-level decision making and advises the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Commissioners, and the Chief Operating Officer on matters pertaining to Public Works.

Manages, directs, and evaluates staff; reviews and evaluates employee concerns and problems; provides assigned staff with ongoing guidance, direction, and feedback to ensure a productive, professional, and motivated workgroup; and ensures continual development of staff and adherence to the County’s performance management plan.

Formulates, implements, and directs short- and long-range plans and department policies and procedures for operations pertaining to motor fleet procurement and maintenance, street and drainage design and maintenance, transportation, and solid waste collection and disposal.

Implements initiatives to improve operational efficiency and quality of service to the public.

Manages and coordinates efforts to obtain federal and state financial assistance through the identification of new grants and other funding opportunities and to ensure compliance with programs, and manages significant intergovernmental activities with the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Atlanta Regional Commission and other state or federal agencies. *

Manages the development and preparation of the department’s annual budget; provides forecast data, information, major project estimates, long-range proposed budget, and cost plans, etc. to develop the County’s annual budget.

Manages approved budget to minimize expenditures and optimally utilize resources.

Coordinates with EPD and ensures County work adherence and compliance with appropriate specifications, and County, State, and Federal laws, regulations, ordinances, and other guidelines.

Represents Public Works at all Board of Commissioners' meetings and acts as liaison with various pubic and private sector agencies and community groups.

Resolves citizen complaints and addresses inquiries and concerns as directed by the CEO.

Directs the preparation of Request For Proposal (RFP) for design and engineering services and serves on contractor selection committees.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in civil, industrial or a related engineering field, or in Business/Public Administration (Master's degree preferred); 15 years progressively responsible experience in a large scale Public Works Department or as the City Engineer for a major metropolis, including five years of managerial experience. A Professional Engineers (PE) license is a plus.

Supplemental Information:

Please attach a resume with application.

DeKalb County Public Works Director Brochure:

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