Cassville seeks new public works head

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Forrest no longer with the city; ads for job being placed

The city of Cassville is searching for a new public works director, as Robert Forrest is no longer employed by the city.

Forrest was hired by the city in December 2016. Public Administrator Steve Walensky will handle his duties while the position is vacant.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss personnel issues,” Walensky said. “He is no longer employed with the city, and he did not leave here to take another job. We are sending an ad out for a new public works director.”

Walensky said the position will pay $55,000, and the ad is nearly identical to the one placed when Forrest was hired.

“We are putting ads in the papers and on municipal job websites to stimulate interest,” Walensky said. “We have to get applications, and then we’ll go through the interview process. We hope to hire someone as soon as we can.”

The ad calls for a candidate able to plan, manage and oversee the operations and maintenance activities of city utilities and infrastructure, including airport, public works fleet, streets, parks, public buildings, water, and storm water. The previous ad also included sanitary sewers and the waste water treatment plant.

In addition, the public works director is responsible for administering capital improvement projects with responsibility for project budgets and managing consultant contracts. The public works director will also oversee the preparation of plans and contract specifications, manage the bidding process and supervise and direct the projects as required.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, or related field, with emphasis on coursework concentrated in construction management and public utility infrastructure; five or more years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal public works project management, construction management, public works maintenance or related activity, with at least 3-5 years at a managerial level; knowledge of contemporary management and organization principles and practices, budgetary methods, safety regulations and safe work practices, and computer and software applications; as well as strong written/verbal communication skills.

Registration as a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Missouri is highly desirable. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

To apply, people may send a resume to Jennifer Evans, Cassville city clerk and finance officer, at 300 Main St., Cassville, MO 65625.

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