Director of Public Utilities

City of West Palm Beach, FL

This position plans, manages, and directs the operations and services of the Public Utilities Department. The Director of Public Utilities reports directly to the Assistant City Administrator.
This position is responsible for compliance with the regulatory requirements for water and wastewater permits including the water use permit for the health and safety of the customers, responds to and resolves sensitive and complex community and organization inquiries and complaints; responds to emergencies and natural disasters, manages and coordinates development of the department budget, monitors and approves expenditures, and advises staff on budget matters and adjusts budget as necessary.
The incumbent of this position oversees operation of the department to assure all workflows in the department and is prioritized appropriately; integrates and evaluates the work of the department’s divisions and represents the department and/or city on boards, committees, at commission meetings, with regulatory agencies and/ within the community.
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree with a major in civil engineering, business administration, public administration, environmental science, or related field (education will be verified using the “Education Requirements” listed below) and seven (7) years of progressively and highly responsible Utilities administration experience in a water, wastewater or public works setting with responsibility for a large division within a public utility is required, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Five (5) years of supervisory/management experience is required.

Master’s degree in public administration, business administration, civil engineering, or environmental sciences, highly desirable.

A current and valid Florida driver’s license is required. For application purposes, a valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within thirty (30) days from date of employment.


The salary range for this position is: $121,330 - $181,995.


The City of West Palm Beach’s current benefits package includes:
• Health, Dental and vision Insurance, and an Employee & Family Health Center with no co pays. (visit for more information)
• 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
• Defined Compensation 401(a) Plan with a 6.5% City match.
• $250,000 in Life Insurance
• Twelve Paid Holidays
• Vacation/Annual Leave
• Sick Leave
• Four Days of Management Leave per Year
• Flexible spending accounts
• Relocation expenses

How to Apply

Application Deadline
To apply for this position, visit our website at and apply online. CLOSING DATE: Open until filled. EOE/DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Job Details

Job Function
Other, Department Head/Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of West Palm Beach


401 Clematis St
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-5319
United States

Form of Government