Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Road Manager Wanted

Dale Westbrook is stepping down as Road Manager for Rankin County.  Job's open if you have an interest.  As posted on the County's website:

COUNTY ROAD MANAGER                                                    Entry Salary: $90K


The Rankin County Road Manager leads and manages the activities, projects and operations of the Road & Bridge Department including construction, maintenance and repair of gravel and paved roads, and of bridges, structures, culverts and other drainage facilities.  The Manager is an at-will, exempt Department Head appointed by the Board of Supervisors and reporting to the Board of Supervisors.

Examples of Duties:

  1. Coordinates all activities of the office, supervises all road personnel and is responsible for:

  • Surface treatment, drainage maintenance, installation and maintenance of traffic signs and markings, the road excavation/encroachment and transportation permitting activities;
  • Establishing work schedules for major projects, setting priorities and ensuring the appropriate assignment of equipment, materials, and personnel;
  • Developing and implementing changes to policies and procedures to improve field operations and conditions, standardize procedures, and ensure compliance with technical standards, specifications and legal requirements;
  • Analyzing existing and proposed state and federal legislation evaluating the impact of legislation, and recommending appropriate offsetting actions;
  • Gathering and analyzing data in order to determine the needs of the division, anticipated revenues, expenditures, and mayor projects for the preparation of a long range financial plan;
  • Keeping abreast of current trends, issues, and practices, such as technological changes in the composition of compounds used in surface treatment

  1. Directs, monitors, and inspects work performed under contracts and/or permits; estimates labor, equipment, and material costs for special projects; supervises and monitors annual road maintenance programs, such as surface preparation and drainage improvement, to ensure timely and proper completion; consults with and coordinates the activities with other county departments, contractors, engineering firms, consultants, city, state and federal agencies involved in road maintenance projects to ensure optimum production and utilization of personnel and equipment; directs field operations during emergencies such as storms, fires and floods.
  2. Plans, coordinates, and supervises, directly or through subordinate staff, the work of supervisory, technical, maintenance, and clerical personnel; selects staff, reviews and evaluates the work of staff; evaluates the need for disciplinary actions and participates in disciplinary procedures; meets with employees and members of employee organizations to discuss and resolve grievances; identifies the need for and provides training for staff in workplace safety and equipment operating procedures.
  3. Directs the preparation and management of the division budget; monitors revenues and expenditures; makes fiscal and staffing recommendations; reviews and approves expenditure requests for services, equipment, and materials; directs reallocation of funds to cover unprojected costs.
  4. Manages the procurement, replacement, and repair of county road maintenance vehicles, and other heavy and specialized equipment; determines equipment needs to meet program requirements; authorizes purchase of and payment for equipment.
  5. Investigates, evaluates, and responds to claims regarding road maintenance activities and hazardous or poor road conditions; meet with and speaks to citizen groups or property owner to settle disputes; explain departmental operations and procedures.


  1. Three years’ experience managing the design, construction, or maintenance of a public road system;
  2. Engineering Degree, preferred with three years’ experience performing duties equivalent to Road Manager;
  1. Equivalent combination of training, education, or experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Possession of a valid Class C Mississippi Driver’s License.

Knowledge of: the practices, methods, techniques, and equipment used in road maintenance; the principles and techniques of selection, supervision, evaluation, and training of staff; the methods of budget preparation and financial management; the methods used to estimate the cost of materials and equipment; public relations; safety practices.

Ability to: learn and interpret federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations relating to road maintenance work; development and implement programs, procedures, and policies; identify and resolve operating problems; analyze, draw conclusions and make evaluations and recommendations; read and interpret maps, plans and specifications; prepare statistical and narrative reports; make decisions and exercise independent judgement; speak before groups; establish and maintain working relationships with staff, public and government officials.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Incumbent will be required to work in the field, be available to respond to emergency situations, and work irregular hours.

 Email resume to: loster@rankincounty.org

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