City of Paris posts opening for Public Works Director

The City of Paris on Wednesday posted the job of Public Works Director, which has gone unfilled for about one year.

The posting is as follows:


Job  DetailsDirects and oversees all aspects of Public Works.  The Director plans, organizes and oversees activities related to Water Distribution, Sewer Collection, Solid Waste Collection, Streets, Parks & Recreation, Traffic & Lighting, and the Garage.  Works under the direction of the City Manager; however, position requires extensive skills in leadership, management, communications, planning and organizing.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Directs the financial management, operations and maintenance of the Water Distribution, Sewer Collection, Solid Waste Collection, Streets, Parks & Recreation, Traffic & Lighting, and the Garage divisions, including 65+ employees.  Advises City Manager and department heads on Public Works issues and solutions to address issues.  Directs ongoing research into new municipal public works technologies and trends and recommends implementation of programs and equipment to help the department achieve its objectives more efficiently.  Develops and maintains an efficient complaint tracking system for Public Works.  Oversees the preparation of cost and quantity estimates for Public Works projects. Supervises and monitors Public Works staff performance, ensuring that they are in compliance with City policies, procedures, ordinances and resolutions.  Develops realistic and fiscally sound budget requests based on program need and manages budget expenditures to ensure they remain within budget allocation.  Develops and implements goals, priorities, policies and procedures relating to Public Works divisions.  Selects, promotes, motivates, trains and disciplines departmental personnel consistent with applicable laws and the City’s personnel policies and procedures.  Analyzes future personnel staffing needs and develops short and long-term plans to meet those needs.  Develops and manages long-term capital equipment plans.  Assists with management of the City’s multi-year CIP.  Coordinates other assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and administrative support to the City Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a four-year college with major course work in Public or Business Administration, Engineering or a related field and at least seven (7) years of municipal public works experience or related engineering operations, including extensive management and administrative experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must have a valid Texas “Class C” drivers license

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION: Applications should be completed and submitted to the City of Paris, Finance Office, 135 1st S.E. Applications are available in the City’s Finance Office and on our website @


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About the Author

Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.