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Public Works Director

City of Griffin

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Director of Public Works  rev. 3.11                                                




Responsible for directing the operations and maintenance of the Public Works Department which includes golf course, cemeteries, parks, streets/transportation, sign shop, building(s) maintenance, and fleet maintenance.




  • Develops, implements and monitors short- and long-range plans, goals, and objectives; manages and directs the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, policies, systems and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards; develops and monitors performance measures against the annual budget.
  • Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the performance of direct reports.
  • Prepares annual budget and monitors performance measures against it.
  • Ensures the city’s compliance with federal, state and local regulations as related to Public Works Departments.
  • Oversees the permitting, construction and design of all projects related to Public Works Departments. 
  • Coordinates transportation related issues, studies, projects, construction and utility relocations.
  • Represents the city in discussions and negotiations with federal, state and local agencies related to transportation.
  • Develops annual and long-range work programs to provide for the repair, maintenance and construction of public facilities including streets, sidewalks, and traffic systems.
  • Develops capital improvement plans for public work facilities.  Inspects, tests and regulates construction and maintenance methods, techniques and materials to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Makes recommendations to the City Commission concerning new or revised ordinances.
  • Prepares comprehensive written reports and statistical support data relating to department activities and projects.
  • Works with the general public and organizations to answer questions and provide technical information.
  • Performs related duties.




  • Knowledge of professional engineering theory, principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the methods and practices involved in the design, operation, construction and maintenance of streets, golf courses, cemeteries, sign shops, buildings and fleet.
  • Knowledge of city and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulatory standards.
  • Knowledge of computers and job related software programs.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the work of personnel.
  • Skill in planning and supervising the activities of several divisions performing diversified functions.
  • Skill in identifying needs and developing long-term public work construction plans.
  • Skill in the preparation of specifications and engineering designs for diversified public works and other construction and maintenance projects.
  • Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions.
  • Skill in the interpretation and analysis of data and in the preparation of related reports.
  • Skill in the supervision of personnel.




This position reports to the City Manager who assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, staff meeting, board of commissioner events, and observation of department activities.




Guidelines include federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations; design specifications; land use plans; the state water plan; permit requirements; and city and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application.




The work consists of varied management and supervisory duties. The variety of tasks to be managed and strict regulations contribute to the complexity of the position.




Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, elected and appointed officials, engineers, architects, industry and business representatives, wholesale customers, attorneys, contractors, vendors, customers, and members of the general public.  Contact is generally to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems; to motivate or influence persons; or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.




The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold, rainy, hot, or inclement weather. The employee will intermittently sit and stand; however, will be mobile most often.  The employee may occasionally lift heavy objects and tools.  The employee may be exposed to machinery, tools, and equipment with moving parts, which requires a high degree of dexterity. 




This position has direct supervision over the following:  golf course superintendent, cemetery superintendent, parks superintendent, streets superintendent, sign shop manager, building(s) maintenance manager, fleet maintenance manager, and two (2) public works administrative assistants.




  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of bachelor's degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.


  • 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

As a minimum of ten (10) years of related management experience.


  • A valid State of Georgia Drivers’ License.


  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).


  • Certificate of Public Works Management.


  • Completion of Plan Development Process (PDP) conducted by the GA Department of Transportation.


  • Completion of Local Administered Project (LAP) conducted by the GA Department of Transportation.


  • State of Georgia Utility Foreman License.


  • Completion of Work Zone Traffic Supervisor Control.


  • Completion of Right of Way Acquisition Trainings conducted by the GA Department of Transportation.


Title VI/ADA Training for the GA Department of Transportation.

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