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County Public Works Director/road Commissioner

Merced County
Full Time Merced County Public Works, 345 W 7th St, Merced, CA 95341, United States


Final Filing Date: October 3, 2023
Preliminary Interview: October 20, 2023

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Minimum Qualifications

Eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in a diversified public works agency at least three (3) years of which have included executive or assistant executive management level management and administrative responsibilities.

State Registration:
Possess and maintain a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

Certified Building Official (administered by the Council of American Building Officials [CABO]) or the International Council (ICC).

Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.

Essential Functions


  •  Effectively perform as executive manager over the Department of Public Works.
  • Serves as Road Commissioner.  May also serve as Building Official, County Surveyor, and/or County Engineer if appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
  • Provide effective oversight of the Flood Plain Management Program.
  • Provide administrative and engineering oversight to construction projects for the County and other government agencies.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations, develop appropriate conclusions, and prepare reports.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions.
  • Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
  • Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting deadlines.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Establish, implement and achieve department goals and objectives.
  • Represent the County with the community and other agencies.
  • Make presentations to the Board of Supervisors and other groups.
  • Train, evaluate and supervise staff.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Frequent operation of a data entry device and repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Frequent use of hand/eye coordination.
  • Sit and walk for long periods of time.
  • Occasionally standing, pushing, pulling, bending and squatting to pick up or move objects.
  • Occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 40 pounds.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.
Knowledge of: 
  • California State Streets and Highways Codes and Vehicle Code.
  • Government Code Sections related to subdivisions and land development.
  • State and Federal regulations pertaining to transportation matters.
  • Organizational structure, methods and procedures.
  • Principles of supervision and personnel management.
  • Budget and fiscal management and Public Contract Code.
Ability to:
  • Effectively plan, develop, implement and maintain integrated, comprehensive programs, policies and procedures to achieve efficiency of operation and meet program goals.
  • Understand, interpret and apply provisions of modern engineering techniques, together with applicable County, State and Federal regulations to public projects.
  • Remain abreast of current legislation affecting local Public Works programs and activities.
  • Function effectively under time and work pressures and meeting assignment deadlines.
  • Prepare annual departmental budgets and effectively administer and control the expenditures of funds allocated to the various programs and activities within the department.
  • Prepare written reports and deliver oral and written presentations to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, etc.
  • Understand and effectively implement the County's personnel practices.