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Public Services Director

City of Elgin, IL

30 Oct 17
Open until filled
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Job Function
Public Works Director

Full Time

Related Topics

Public Works
Job Location

Elgin, Illinois






150 Dexter Ct
Elgin , IL 60120-5527

Form of Govt

Council-Manager (City)


Chief appointed official position was recognized by ICMA in 1955 as a Council-Manager position.


Population: 112,000


Elgin, Illinois is a historic, culturally diverse, rapidly growing community located 35 miles from Chicago that was established in 1854. Its residents are proud to call Elgin home because of the City's wonderful offerings including a great location, convenient transportation, a broad choice of schools, superior quality of life, excellent recreational amenities, a low crime rate, wide variety of housing, cultural and commercial offerings, and dependable City services. Elgin is a two-time winner of the Governor's Hometown Award (2001 and 2013). Elgin's civic minded and volunteer-rich community continuously demonstrates the care, collaboration and dedication that make it an exceptional community.

Elgin is a home-rule municipality that operates under a council-manager form of government with a mayor and eight City Council members elected at-large for four-year staggered terms. The City Council, appoints a City Manager, who is responsible for the administration of City services. Elgin's commitment to sound financial management and long-term planning is evidenced by its AAA bond rating. The City employs more than 800 FTEs. The City's 2017 General Fund Budget is $118,033,470. The Public Services Department includes two divisions, Public Works and Utilities.

Public Works provides planning, design, construction and maintenance of rights-of-way and maintenance of parks, City properties and parking structures. Public Works has several sections including engineering, street maintenance, land management, forestry, traffic, and development. The work is completed by City staff as well as staff working with consultants, contractors and developers. Public Works has approximately 95 employees and a current budget of $17,762,480.

Utilities consists of the Water and Sewer Divisions. Utilities provides water and waste water services to more than 120,000 customers. The Water Division treats and delivers water from the Fox River to the community. This Division oversees the installation, maintenance and repair of more than 32,000 meters. The Sewer Division operates in both a routine and emergency capacity. Day-to-day operations include cleaning and maintaining the City's wastewater and storm systems to ensure they are functioning properly. Utilities has approximately 70 employees and a current budget of $33,843,930.

The City is seeking exceptional leaders having a strong interest in public works with proven senior level public or private sector management experience. city and county managers, assistants or department heads are encouraged to apply. Private sector directors with operations and logistics leadership experience are similarly encouraged to express their interest.

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration, or related field. An advanced degree is preferred. Oversight level experience that includes public works or a comparable industry is preferred. A general understanding of public works and utility administration and operations is necessary; must be able to administer a complex departmental budget; must have superior communication, interpersonal, and human relations skills; must be able to analyze and recommend solutions to complex problems; must allow latitude to staff to carry out their responsibilities independently while remaining knowledgeable and accountable: must work closely with other Elgin City departments, other governmental agencies and department employees in an effective, harmonious manner; and must be visible, accessible and approachable to his or her employees.

Compensation: The City will provide a competitive starting salary negotiable depending on experience and salary. Benefits are excellent. Elgin offers a defined benefit retirement plan through the fully funded Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). The Public Services Director is required to live within the City. The City will provide relocation assistance.

To apply: The position will be open until filled. The first review of resumes is scheduled for December 8, 2017. Please email your cover letter and resume with current salary without delay to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656; Fax: (770) 416-0848
Web site:


City of Elgin, IL

Elgin is located approximately 38 miles northwest of downtown
Chicago and is home to more than 110,000 people. The “City in the
Suburbs” prides itself as being an art hub with a historic
downtown, beautiful river walk, engaging community events,
and sustainable practices. Elgin is an award-winning
community, named an All-American City twice and a recipient
of the Governor’s Hometown Award. Elgin has ranked highly
among several published lists for its safety, diversity, and as a
top city to raise a family.

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