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Organization:  Village of Pingree Grove
Job Category:  Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Illinois (IL)
City:  Pingree Grove
Post Code:  60140
Salary and Benefits:  $70,000-$85,000 DOQ

The Village of Pingree Grove is a non-home-rule municipality located in Northern Illinois. It has a population of approximately 5,400 and an annual budget contemplating expenditures of approximately $4,998,200. A copy of the Village’s current annual budget is available on the Village website.

The Village is in a dynamic growth mode. Even with a downturn in the region’s economy, the Village continues to see 100 or more building permits per year. The availability of good road access to major metropolitan areas, nearby commuter train service, and the recent opening of a major interchange at I-90/Route 47 has contributed to this steady growth.

The Village formerly employed a Village Manager, and currently utilizes a Police Chief and two Public Works Supervisors at the Department Head level. The Village also employs a number of full-time and part-time employees under their direction. The Village has worked, over the past several years, to develop a balanced budget with expenditures exceeding revenues, allowing for the deposit of moneys into reserve.

In 2004, the Village had a population of approximately 140 people; accordingly, its growth in the past decade has been exponential. To serve that burgeoning population, the Village developed a system of roads, and a public water and sewer system. Those public improvements were constructed starting in 2004 (with expansion ongoing to date). Accordingly, while the Village’s public infrastructure is relatively new, the Village does face the challenge of ensuring that it is reserving adequate funds for the long-term maintenance of its public improvements. Additionally, with continuing growth in its population and the potential for near-term commercial development on the Route 47 corridor, the Village faces the potential need for multi-million dollar expansions of its water and wastewater treatment plants.

The Village currently operates a 1.0MGD Activated Sludge Extended Aeration Treatment Plant and utilizes both a spray irrigation and a direct discharge outfall system. The Village also operates a 1.0MGD potable water system with elevated storage tank. In addition, the Village maintains its public streets and a system of public parks. Currently, the Village provides landscaping/lawnmowing, streetlight repair, snowplowing and similar basic public works services. Other, more-intensive services are contracted out. In the future, the Village may wish to expand the scope of services offered in-house to be more comparable to other municipalities of a similar size. The Village currently employs 2 full time employees in the street/park maintenance division, 2 full time employees in the water/sewer division, and a number of part time employees to supplement those services. The Village currently utilizes one supervisor for water/sewer and one supervisor for streets/parks.

Prospectively, the Village is planning to operate without a Village Manager, and focus its operational authority in department heads that will be empowered to supervise their departments within the policies and budget established by the Village Board. The department heads are anticipated to include a Police Chief, Finance Director and Public Works Director.

The Village is seeking a visionary leader to lead a consolidated public works department. The Public Works Director would be responsible for all operations of the public works department, including water/sewer, street maintenance, park maintenance, building operations and similar activities. The Public Works Director would organize and administer the department and work as a strategic partner with other Village departments. The Public Works Director may be called upon to take a lead role in updating Village procurement policies or engaging in joint procurement efforts with other neighboring communities; experience in streamlining purchasing/procurement is appreciated. The mission of the public works department will be to provide superior public services in the most efficient and economical way possible. Services will include overseeing contractual relationships with outside engineers, street maintenance, forestry and grounds maintenance, building maintenance, electrical, fleet maintenance and operation, water production and treatment, water distribution, and sewer collection, treatment and discharge. Prior experience with spray-irrigation systems is appreciated.

The Director will be called upon to direct feasibility studies, plan Village improvements, and plot the course for the future of the Village’s public works department, using an efficient combination of in-house and outside services. As with all Village positions, this is a ‘working supervisor’ position where the Director will be called upon to directly perform services for the Village, as well. The Director will be called upon to remain abreast of all pertinent statutory revisions, trends and technological advances. The Director will be called upon to identify grant opportunities, prepare grant proposals and make applications for grants, as well as forecast operational needs, anticipate costs, and develop (and adhere to) departmental budgets. The Director will be responsible for all employees and sub-level supervisory employees under his/her direction and control, and will be responsible for efficiently using allotted personnel, and for making recommendations on the efficient staffing of the department. The Director will administer budget and payroll, provide advice to employees and contractors, and perform all other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

The Director would not necessarily be called upon to operate the water/wastewater treatment plant, but would be called upon to either: a) operate the plants (with all required licensures for the same); b) supervise an employee who is licensed and responsible for operating the plants; or, c) supervise a third-party contractor who is licensed and responsible for operating the plants.


• Five years of senior level management experience in a major public works setting or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
• Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in a relevant field, and/or a combination of training, licensure and experience commensurate with the job responsibilities.
• Excellent language and mathematical skills to be able to read, analyze and interpret complex test data, properly operate the Village’s public infrastructure in accordance with all legal requirements, and the ability to prepare complex reports and present them in a clear and understandable fashion.
• While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to stand, talk, and hear to communicate policy and procedure. The employee is frequently required to walk, and to operate vehicles and heavy equipment safely. The employee is required to sit, to use hands to finger, handle or feel, to write and use a keyboard, to reach with hands and arms to utilize tools and equipment, to climb or balance during equipment or building inspections. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and to smell for the presence of chemicals or odorants. The employee must frequently lift tools, equipment and other similar items up to 75 pounds, and must occasionally lift manhole covers or other items of 100 pounds or more. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
• A valid Illinois Driver’s License is required; a CDL or the ability to obtain a CDL within 60 days of hire is also required.
• Possession of all valid licensure required to operate the Village’s water and wastewater systems is desirable, but not required.

All submissions should detail:

• The applicant’s public works experience. Applicants are encouraged to detail any programs that they have implemented to expand public works services, to limit costs, to expand training and capabilities, to increase safety or to modernize equipment and practices. Applicants are also encouraged to provide detail on their public works or other relevant industry experience.
• The applicant’s education, certifications, achievements and accomplishments.
• The applicant’s salary requirements.
• The date on which the employee would be available for hire.
• A description of any other employment that the applicant would wish to continue after hire for this position.
• Additional information that may be of assistance in evaluating the applicant’s response.
• A list of not less than three professional references.
• A detailed curriculum vitae.
• To the extent that applicants have immediate recommendations for updates or restructuring to the Village’s current public works operations, Applicants are encouraged to describe their preliminary recommendations.

The annual salary is $70,000-$85,000. Applicants are encouraged to be fiscally conservative with their salary requirements.

Any questions regarding this application process should be delivered to clussky@pingreepolice.org, with a copy to dean@frieders.com. Any person with interest in this project may submit a preliminary email indicating interest in the project. The Village will maintain a list of all such interested persons, and will distribute regular updates (if any) and questions received along with the Village’s response (if any), over the coming weeks. All submittals are due by January 31, 2014 at 5:00pm. The Village would prefer earlier responses. Responses may be made electronically, submitted to the two email addresses listed above, or may be submitted via mail or in person to the Village Hall, 14N042 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove, Illinois.

The Village reserves the right to select any respondent or to reject all responses and select an alternate method or provider of services. The Village reserves the right to require any respondent to execute a certification of eligibility to provide services addressing any applicable legal requirements. The Village is an equal opportunity / ADA compliant employer.

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