City of Placentia

At the City of Placentia, we strive to make a difference by continually developing our progressive and innovative workforce. Our team works together to foster an environment that promotes diversity, creativity, and respect for everyone’s opinions to ensure a better result for the community we serve.

The deputy director of public works/city engineer is responsible for managing the department’s Engineering Services Division which oversees implementation and management of the Capital Improvement Program, pavement management program, private development plan reviews and public right-of-way management and permitting. The Division is also responsible for overseeing the City’s annual NPDES program. The Engineering Services Division consists of the deputy director, senior civil engineer, associate engineer, engineering aide and public works inspector all of whom are supported by the department’s administrative assistant and management assistant. The annual operating budget for the Division amounts to $680,000 and the current Capital Improvement Program Budget consists of over 60 capital projects with a value of over $20 million. Placentia’s Measure U is providing a sustainable annual revenue source that has allowed the City to start addressing its backlog in needed infrastructure repairs and improvements. 

The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for delivering several high profile and important community projects such as completing the Placentia Fiber City broadband deployment project, and continuing the City’s robust annual pavement maintenance program. In addition the candidate will help oversee the final construction of the Placentia Public Safety Center as well as the City’s planned Senior/Community Center and oversee the final design and construction of the Old Town Placentia Streetscape Improvement Project.

The City of Placentia is a dynamic community that provides itself on a solution-based government. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications for this position would be: 

  • Education & Experience: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in civil engineering and five years of progressively responsible civil engineering experience, including supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 
  • Licenses & Certificates: A valid Class C California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City’s Vehicle Insurance Policy. Ability to work extended hours and on standby basis. Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.

The City is seeking a strong, energetic, team-oriented leader, who is hands-on and engaged that will be visible and accessible to their staff. The position requires someone who has broad experience in public works, is politically astute, a creative problem solver and has a comfort with and a strong desire for interacting with employees, department directors, elected officials, residents, and diverse stakeholders. 

The deputy director of public works/city engineer will be collaborative, inclusive, tech savvy, committed to accountability and exceptional customer service, and able to motivate and maximize the skills of staff. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding verbal and written communicator who exhibits a calm, even-keeled demeanor. The proven ability to translate complex technical data and concepts into understandable layperson’s terms is critical. 

With their empathetic yet encouraging approach, the ideal candidate will be a motivating mentor who places a high priority on succession planning and ongoing professional development. They will be a credible communicator with outstanding interpersonal skills and political acumen who is capable of building rapport and trust with stakeholders.

Salary Range: $125,811.53 – $152,924.72 annually, depending on qualifications.

Please follow this link to view the deputy director of public works/city engineer brochure. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to: by Friday, April 21, 2023. Please contact Bob Hall at (714) 309-9104 should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.

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