Lake County, IL- Director of Public Works

GovHR USA | Lake County, IL

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Posted Date 6/02/2022

LAKE COUNTY, IL (700,000 est.) Lake County is home to more than 700,000 residents and 28,000 businesses ranging from small family-owned businesses to major corporations including Abbott Laboratories, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America and the Vista Health System. The County includes charming rural communities, thriving urban and suburban communities, pastoral unincorporated areas, and exciting entertainment and shopping venues. There is also a wide variety of recreational opportunities found throughout the miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Chain O’Lakes and the highly acclaimed Lake County Forest Preserves system. Lake County is located along the shore of Lake Michigan 30 miles north of Chicago and 40 miles south of Milwaukee.   In addition to Lake Michigan, Lake County is home to 170 other lakes and rivers, 400 miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands and preserved wildlife areas.  

The county seat is in Waukegan and the headquarters of the Public Works Department is in Libertyville. In addition to unincorporated areas, the county has 52 municipalities including Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Fox Lake, Deerfield, Libertyville, and many others. Gurnee is home to Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mills Shopping Mall and the Great Wolf Lodge and Water Resort. Other Lake County attractions include the Ravinia Music Festival, a large outdoor entertainment venue in Highland Park, the North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor, and Waukegan Harbor. Lake County is also home to the Great Lakes Naval Station, the United States Navy’s Headquarters Command for Training and the Navy’s only recruit training center. Lake County’s public school districts are listed among the best in the state, with many of its schools ranking among the best in the nation.

  • The ideal candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field.  A Master’s Degree in a related discipline is preferred, but not required.
  • The ideal candidate must be a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Illinois or able to obtain one within six months of hire.
  • The ideal candidate must have five (5) to ten (10) years of years progressively responsible experience in the management of water and sanitary services or public utility management, including significant experience at the senior leadership level.
  • The ideal candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to connect with and relate to a wide variety of individuals and stakeholders.
  • The ideal candidate must have strong skills in strategic and financial planning & management, with a track record which demonstrates the candidate’s experience in these areas.

The Lake County Public Works Director starting salary is $153,664– $191,786 +/- DOQ with excellent benefits.  Lake County provides an excellent and comprehensive benefits package, including the potential for flexible schedules and some remote work options.  


Interested candidates should apply online by June 30, 2022 at, with resume, cover letter and five professional references to: Riccardo (Rick) Ginex, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 225, Northbrook, Illinois 60062.  Electronic applications are required.  

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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