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2250 Deputy Director of Public Works

Deputy Director of Public Works

Burleson, TX, USA

Burleson, TX, USA

City of Burleson

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


Lead Recruiter


Burleson’s rapid growth and strong investments in its public infrastructure provide an ideal environment for a public works professional to serve as the next Deputy Director of Public Works. This opportunity comes at a time when the Burleson city organization and its Public Works Department are diligently working to improve and enhance the quality of life for all who live in and visit Burleson through important investments in capital projects, operations, and maintenance. The next Deputy Director of Public Works will enjoy a career-enriching chance to join a stellar team of service minded members of the Burleson city organization that will shape the future of this full-service Texas city.


The Public Works Department provides its services through a FY 22/23 budget of $29.5 million and 73 full-time equivalent employees. Reporting to the Director are two Deputy Directors, one overseeing Engineering and the other overseeing Operations. The Deputy Director – Operations is the position being sought in this recruitment. Based in part on the skills and experiences of the candidate selected for this position, the areas of responsibility for the Deputy Director and subordinate managers may be reorganized. The Public Works Department currently has a CIP of $197.1 million over the next 5 years, spanning across the service areas of streets, drainage, water, and wastewater.


Reporting to the Director of Public Works, the Deputy Director - Operations coordinates and oversees the following divisions of the Public Works Department: Fleet Maintenance, Streets, Water Utilities, Facility Maintenance, Traffic Operations, and other areas as assigned. The Deputy Director will be responsible for approximately 54 staff members and will have up to five direct reports. The Deputy Director assists the Director in formulating and implementing departmental policy and serves as the Public Works Director in the Director’s absence.

The next Deputy Director of Public Works will have the opportunity to develop a pavement management program, implement and oversee the installation of an Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) and a Traffic Management Center (TMC), conduct a city-wide facility assessment and an assessment of the Equipment Replacement Fund, and conduct a feasibility study of whether Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) or Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) programs should be pursued or implemented in the City of Burleson.

The ideal candidate will have effective skills to lead and manage staff across a variety of backgrounds and positions, can foster a cohesive team environment, will possess a strong utility/operations background, will have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a focus on solving problems and completing projects, and be oriented to coach, mentor and develop staff members to increase their effectiveness and prepare them for higher levels of responsibility.


The following are required education and experience qualifications:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. An advanced degree is desired.

  • Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible experience in public works operations.

  • Licensure: Registration as a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas is preferred, but not required.


The salary range for the Deputy Director of Public Works is $131,000 to $175,000, with placement in the range dependent upon qualifications and experience. In addition, the city offers an excellent benefit package as outlined in the detailed recruitment brochure which can be reviewed by clicking on the .pdf link above.


Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool has been established.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Bryan Noblett or Greg Nelson at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates may review the detailed recruitment brochure by clicking on the .pdf link above and may apply below.

This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas. In accordance with public disclosure/open record laws, information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties.

The City of Burleson is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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