City of Oregon | Oregon, IL

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Posted Date 4/11/2022

Oregon, Illinois (pop. 3,455). The City of Oregon is seeking a collaborative, dependable, team builder to be its Director of Public Works.  The Director oversees a full-service public works department that includes streets, public facilities and infrastructure, water and wastewater operations and plants.    

Nestled deep in the rocky bluffs of the Rock River Valley, Oregon is the county seat of Ogle County, 25 miles southwest of Rockford, Illinois. The natural beauty of the community, along with the many opportunities for cultural, recreational, and sporting activities, is the pride of its residents.  Oregon sits in the heart of the Rock River Trail at one of the most scenic sections of the river amid over 11,000 acres of public lands, yet only minutes from downtown Oregon and its variety of dining and shopping options.

The City of Oregon is governed by an elected Mayor and four Commissioners who serve four-year terms. The Mayor and Commissioners are responsible for providing policy direction and for overseeing the finances of the City. It is the responsibility of the Commission-appointed City Administrator and the staff to carry out these policies and to manage the day-to-day operations of the City. The 2022 budget for the Water/Wastewater divisions total $1.5 million, with other City operations budgeted at $1.9 million. 

The community is supportive of its City provided services and the organization offers a family-friendly environment for its employees.

About the Position   

The Director of Public Works, a newly created position, reports directly to the City Administrator and is responsible for the oversight of all activities of the Public Works Department.  This includes planning, scheduling, assigning, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the activities, operations, and personnel involved in the repair and maintenance of streets, public facilities and infrastructure.  This position is also responsible for the equipment, operation, and maintenance of water distribution, water and wastewater treatment plants, and distribution collection systems.  The Position will oversee three divisions within the Department: Streets, Water, and Wastewater, which currently is staffed by eight full-time employees in addition to the Director.

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Develops and administers operating budgets and short- and long-range capital expenditure programs.
  • Establishes department goals and objectives; delegates authority and objectives to staff; monitors progress against objectives and provides guidance, direction, and motivation in fulfillment of objectives.
  • Oversees and participates in the hiring of personnel; ensures training, monitors and evaluates performance of department staff; administers and implements disciplinary action as needed.
  • Administers maintenance, repair, alteration, and minor construction programs on City infrastructure, fleet vehicles, and equipment.
  • Confers with other department heads, contractors, engineers, utility companies, federal, state and other local agency officials on current and proposed projects, work problems and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance with quality customer service expectations in relations with the public and internal City departments and employees.
  • Attends City Council and committee meetings to present and explain issues pertaining to the City, public works, and departmental requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensures that snow is promptly and efficiently removed from City properties.
  • May supervise field crews during emergencies, snow removal, and other situations within and beyond normal working hours.
  • Operates heavy equipment on an as needed basis.
  • Serve as City Safety Officer.

Position Requirements

The City of Oregon is seeking a creative, organized and customer service-oriented Director to lead its Public Works team.  The successful candidate will meet the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Public Administration, or a related field preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible public sector public works management, or general public administrative or managerial experience, including several years of supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, ability and skills.
  • Knowledge in the operation of a Public Works Department, applicable rules and regulations as they apply to the City and its infrastructure, and to the functions, operations, personnel and equipment of the Public Works Department.
  • Must possess a valid Illinois Driver’s License without record of suspension or revocation in any state and have or be able to obtain a CDL within six (6) months of first day of employment.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including, but not limited to Word and Excel, and other technology, equipment and software programs commonly used in the industry.

Compensation and Benefits    

The anticipated starting salary range is $75,000 - $85,000 +/- DOQ.  The current range maximum for the position is $104,915.  A comprehensive benefits package includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), health insurance including medical, dental, and vision coverage (also available to dependents), life insurance, and optional 457 deferred compensation plan.  The City also offers paid vacation, holidays, personal days and sick leave, phone allowance, along with professional memberships and development opportunities.

Selection Process   

Apply online at with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references by May 6, 2022.  Questions may be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at 224-282-8306. The City of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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