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2433 Director of Public Works

Director of Public Works

Fairfield, CA, USA

Fairfield, CA, USA

City of Fairfield

Greg Nelson and Bryan Noblett


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Director of Public Works

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The City of Fairfield offers a stellar career opportunity with compelling professional challenges to public works leaders who can harness the collective efforts of a committed team through an engaged and communicative leadership style.


Fairfield, the heart of Solano County, is a diverse and growing community located halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, and close to Napa and Sonoma. With 24 parks, numerous bike trails and two championship golf courses, Fairfield is a great family community with just under 120,000 residents. It is a thriving business hub with notable international companies such as Jelly Belly, Anheuser-Busch, Clorox, Ball Metal, and Meyer Corporation. It is home to a 1.0M sq. ft. regional shopping center, a large auto center, and Travis Air Force Base. Bordered by farms and vineyards, the City’s well-developed infrastructure and business-friendly attitude provide the foundation for strong growth and an enhanced quality of life.


The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide the highest possible quality of life to the citizens of Fairfield through the delivery of prompt, professional, efficient and personal service. Responsibilities of the department include design, construction, operation and maintenance of streets, water, sewer, drainage/flood control, public buildings, parks, landscaping, fleet, and open space. The department also manages transportation activities including local fixed route, paratransit, a reduced taxi program, two park‐and‐rides, and train station maintenance services. The management team comes from diverse academic backgrounds, including public works administration, civil engineering, traffic engineering, water resources, construction management, and transportation planning and operations. The department consists of five functional areas: Engineering, Operations, Utilities, Transportation, and Fleet Management.

The Public Works Department provides its services through 195 FTE positions and assisting the Director are an Assistant Director, an Assistant Director/City Engineer, an Operations Superintendent, a Transportation Manager, and a Fleet Division Manager.


The Director of Public Works is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and reviewing the activities and operations of the Public Works Department, including operations, engineering, building, transportation, operations, fleet, and water. The Director of Public Works also coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. Key responsibilities include developing, planning and implementing department goals and objectives; directing, overseeing and participating in the development of the department’s work plan; supervising and participating in the development and administration of the department budget; providing staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; and building and maintaining positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

The ideal candidate will be an authentic and accessible leader, highly communicative both inside and outside of the organization; have a commitment to professional development and succession planning; should maintain a culture of accountability, successful project delivery, and model a strong work ethic; and have a progressive mindset and an ability to harness the unique contributions of staff from different generations and backgrounds.


The following are the minimum requirements for the position:

  • Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public or business administration, organizational development/management, or civil engineering is required. Possession of a Master’s degree is highly desirable.

  • Experience: Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in design, construction, maintenance, or operation of public works, including four years of administrative and management responsibility is required.

  • Licenses: Registration as a Licensed Civil Engineer with the State of California is desirable, but not required. Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License is required. Possession of a valid equivalent is acceptable during the application process.


The salary range for the Director of Public Works is up to $248,024, with placement salary dependent on qualifications. In addition, an excellent executive benefit package is provided including CalPERS retirement. Classic membership will be enrolled at the 2.5% at 55 benefit formula. New members hired after 1/1/2013 (PEPRA) will be enrolled at the 2% at 62 benefit formula.

Review the detailed recruitment brochure at for additional benefit information and/or view the entire Executive Management Benefits Summary here.


Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and résumé below no later than Monday, July 29, 2024.

This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Greg Nelson | | (916) 550-4100

Bryan Noblett | | (916) 550-4100

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