Placer County

Director of Public Works/Road Commissioner (#19928)

$85.49-$106.76 Hourly / $14,818.27-$18,505.07 Monthly / $177,819.20-$222,060.80 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct, and review the activities and operations of the Public Works Department, including automotive fleet and equipment services; transportation systems; capital planning and engineering; operation and maintenance of public infrastructure and equipment; waste management; and administration of associated special districts; to act as Road Commissioner; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the County Executive Officer.


The Director level recognizes classes with full responsibility for the administration of a County department.


Receives policy direction from the County Executive Officer.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned management, professional, supervisory, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop, plan, and implement department goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the County Executive Officer and Board of Supervisors; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the department's work plan; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Public Works budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
  • Represent the department to outside groups, commissions and committees, and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance, as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence, as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Working Conditions:
Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment and controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in public works administration, infrastructure delivery, or maintenance, including four years of administrative and management responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, business or public administration or a related field.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public works administration.
  • Principles and practices of capital improvement programming and capital project financing.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Principles of road commissioner duties found in Sections 2006-2010 of the Streets and Highways Code.

Ability to:

  • Plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the Public Works Department.
  • Develop long-range and short-range plans.
  • Interact successfully with elected officials, citizen groups, and individual citizens; recognize politically sensitive issues and handle appropriately.   
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve department related issues; remember various rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means.
  • Develop and implement department policies and procedures.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Successfully develop, control, and administer departmental budget and expenditures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply County policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including the ability to make concise and persuasive oral presentations. 
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including relating diplomatically and effectively with elected officials.
  • Carry out responsibilities found in section 2006-2010 of the Streets and Highways Code.


Length of Probation:
This classification serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and has no specific term and no right to continuous employment.

Bargaining Unit:
Unclassified Department Head

CLASS: 19928; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 5/20/2021;