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Manager - Public Utilties

Flowery Branch

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Manager – Public Utilities (Grade 20, $65,839 - $91,546)                WWW/1.5

Water & Wastewater




This position is responsible for managing the water and wastewater treatment plant and performing laboratory analysis.




  • Creates work schedules and supervises the work of the department.
  • Schedules chemical deliveries and sludge handling.
  • Coordinates plant operations with contractors.
  • Assists the Director of Public Works and Utilities in hiring new department employees; evaluates work; recommends disciplinary and termination actions; assigns work orders and duties; approves annual leave requests.
  • Assists in developing the department’s budget based on an analysis of projected needs and resources; prepares purchase orders and requisitions for equipment, supplies, and materials.
  • Implements policies and procedures as directed by the Director of Public Works and Utilities.
  • Ensures department personnel and operations meet safety and city policy requirements.
  • Checks for proper functioning of all pumps, motors, valves, and meters.
  • Collects composite samples; performs pH, dissolved oxygen, trace elements, and other tests.
  • Checks for proper sludge blanket depth, color, and odor.
  • Adjusts chemical feeds as needed; changes chemical feed containers; removes solids.
  • Changes filters, cleans basins, and troubleshoots problems.
  • Records all data in lab books; transfers all pertinent information to spreadsheet reports; generates consumer confidence reports.
  • Maintains all lab equipment; maintains inventory of lab supplies; sterilizes equipment.
  • Totals timecards; maintains records of vacation, holiday, and sick leave time for all subordinate employees.
  • Types memos, letters, procedures, and other communications.
  • Collects samples in accordance with laws and regulations for water system and wastewater treatment.
  • Helps employees with training and education for licensing.
  • Trains new employees on standards operating procedures for various equipment and analyses.
  • Communicates with vendors to get competitive prices for equipment, tools, and chemicals.
  • Performs evaluations on subordinates.
  • Handles customer complaints.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.




  • Knowledge of water system operations and wastewater systems.
  • Knowledge of the handling and application of chemicals necessary to maintain a safe water supply and wastewater treatment.
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory principles, techniques, equipment, and materials.
  • Knowledge of water and wastewater treatment plant operations.
  • Knowledge of water and wastewater laboratory procedures.
  • Skill in basic chemistry and biology.
  • Skill in performing standard laboratory-related mathematical calculations.
  • Skill in operating laboratory equipment.
  • Skill in the use of water analysis equipment.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.




The Director of Public Works and Utilities assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.




Guidelines include relevant state and federal laws and regulations, plant operation policies, and standard laboratory practices. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.




  • The work consists of varied water and wastewater analysis and treatment duties. Inclement weather, varying waste streams, and permit requirements contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to ensure that all water entering the distribution systems meets state and federal requirements. Success in this position helps ensure a safe wastewater treatment system and water supply.




  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, contractors, and the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to exchange information, motivate personnel, resolve problems, and provide services.




  • The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending, or crouching. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes a sense of smell.
  • The work is typically performed in an office, library, computer room, a very noisy place, outdoors, and occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee is exposed to dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, and contagious or infectious diseases or irritating chemicals. The work may require the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, and gloves.




This position has direct supervision over Water/Wastewater Inspector (1), Water/Wastewater Operator (2), and Water/Wastewater Maintenance Worker (1).




  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain an appropriate state-certified license for water or wastewater treatment or distribution.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain state certification as a water or wastewater laboratory analyst as appropriate.

This position is responsible for managing the water and wastewater treatment plant and performing laboratory analysis. This position has direct supervision over Water/Wastewater Inspector (1), Water/Wastewater Operator (2), and Water/Wastewater Maintenance Worker (1). 

The City provides medical, dental and life insurance, paid holidays, sick time, vacation time and a defined benefit pension program.

Please complete a City of Flowery Branch job application and forward your application to Bill Whidden at or in person at 5410 W. Pine Street, Flowery Branch, GA. 30542

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