Boone County Fiscal Court Seeks County Engineer/Public Works Director

The Boone County Fiscal Court is seeking a professional person to fill a senior department head level position within the organization. The County Engineer-Road Supervisor/Director of Public Works is a highly visible position leading one of the largest departments in county government consisting of a 14.8 million dollar operating budget and staff of 45 full-time employees, in addition to part-time and seasonal staff. The position is one of five, senior management level positions and reports to the County Administrator. Appointment by Judge Executive with Fiscal Court approval. Responsibilities of the department include a wide array of public services and programs including county road maintenance, snow removal, storm drainage, fleet services, code enforcement, public improvement inspections, solid waste management and capital project management.
The skill set required of this position includes personnel administration, budgeting/procurement, internal and external customer service, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to excel in a fast-paced environment and a team work attitude.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and prior experience in managing a department of similar size and complexity. Experience in a public sector organization is highly valued. Registration as a professional engineer in Kentucky is preferred.
The county offers a professional work environment, competitive salary and excellent fringe benefit program. The starting salary range is $90-100,000 depending on individual qualifications.
If interested in applying please go to by Friday, August 30, 2019.
When applying please submit, cover letter, resume and complete application.

Boone County Fiscal Court Job Description

County Engineer/Public Works Director                                         Public Works

February 2017                                                                                   Pay Grade 6


Job Summary

This is responsible, supervisory, and technical work in the construction and maintenance of streets, roads, bridges, storm water projects, parks and other county facilities. 

An employee in this class is responsible for directing all activities of Public Works employees, which include Office Services, Code Enforcement, Road Inspection, Fleet Maintenance, and Road Maintenance.  Duties are performed under limited supervision.

Major Essential Duties

The County Engineer/Public works Director will:

  • Assists in the preparation, presentation and implementation of the department budget and administers the budget; makes financial reports as needed.
  • Ensure the efficient delivery of public services and programs including but not limited to, comprehensive road maintenance, snow removal, fleet maintenance, public improvement inspections, solid waste management and related services.
  • Supervises and evaluates the work done by Departmental Supervisors.
  • Coordinates work and submits reports to the County Judge/Executive Office.
  • Reviews and develops policies, construction specifications and inspection procedures and maintenance plans for adoption by Fiscal Court.
  • Assists in the purchasing of supplies necessary to perform duties. Provides input regarding material and services specifications.
  • Performs public relations work in handling complaints from the public to include attendance at meetings, public hearing and events.
  • Oversees a systematic work order and scheduling system.
  • Maintains a comprehensive file system for county roads.
  • County liaison on G I S project and storm water plan.
  • As County Engineer, shall perform all duties as outlined in KRS 179.070.  

            Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Kentucky driver’s license
  • Maintain a current Kentucky Professional Engineer and Kentucky Professional Land Surveyor licenses.

Reasoning Skills

  • Solves practical problems while dealing with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Interprets a variety of complex technical and instructional information
  • Makes decisions which serve the county’s best interest and follows the missions and objectives of the Public Works Department

            Other Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of construction and maintenance of county roads, streets, bridges, storm water projects, buildings and related facilities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other supervisory personnel, county officials, and to deal courteously with the public.
  • Good knowledge of the management skills required to plan, organize and coordinate activities of the various safety and regulatory groups and committees.
  • Good working knowledge of County ordinances, and State and Federal laws and regulations relating to safety practices and how they relate to the health, safety and welfare of the general public and County employees.
  • Basic computer skills; ability to access programs on a PC and to perform word processing and spread sheets with proficiency.

Physical Demands

  • While performing job duties, the employee could reasonably be expected to:
    • Regularly (over 2/3 of regular working day)
      • Stand or walk
      • Talk or hear
      • Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
      • Operate a motor vehicle
    • Occasionally (under 1/3 of regular working day)
      • Sit
      • Reach with hands and arms
      • Use hands to type, handle papers, tools etc
    • Vision requirements include close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus

Work Environment

  • The work environments described in the preceding paragraphs represent those encountered while performing the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
  • The noise level is usually moderate to high
  • Temperature level will vary from extreme cold to extreme heat.
  • Moisture level will vary from extreme dry to rain, snow, and icy conditions.


  • Must display the following:
    • Positive communication
    • Objectivity
    • Willingness to solve problems
    • Commitment to Boone County’s best interests
  • Must adhere to the applicable provisions of the Public Works Department Rules and Procedures, the Boone County Personnel Policies and Procedures, the Boone County Administrative Code, the Kentucky Revised Statutes, and any other procedures, rules, regulations, and policies set forth by appropriate authorities
  • Must be neat in appearance
  • Must be 18 years or older and bondable.
  • Must maintain confidentiality when required

Contact Information

Northern Kentucky Area Development District

22 Spiral Drive
Florence, KY 41042
P: 859.283.1885
F: 859.283.8178
TDD: 711
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