The City of Cañon City (pop 17,363, 12.4 sq mi, elev 5,331 ft) sits on the banks of the Arkansas River in a mountain bowl along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, and 35 miles west of Pueblo on U.S. Highway 50. The unique geography protects the city and makes it “the Climate Capital of Colorado,” where winters are milder and more temperate than those of its neighbors. Celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the city is a river town, an old railroad town, the county seat of Fremont County, and paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
The public works department includes engineering, water/stormwater, facilities, streets, and parks (including cemetery and urban forestry), all managed by experienced, capable directors and superintendents. The FY 2022 departmental budget is $10.4 million, supporting 79 FTE. The 2022 capital budget is $16.4 million, and a 1% sales tax dedicated to street repair and replacement generates about $3.5 million/year. The city administrator is looking for a visionary teambuilder to serve as the next public works director, someone with grit and emotional intelligence to modernize and advance this critical city department.
A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field, plus four to six years of increasingly responsible experience in public works, including supervisory and administrative responsibility in public works, or an acceptable combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrate the knowledge, abilities, and skills needed for this position are required. A professional engineering license is required. Residency in Fremont County is strongly preferred.
The hiring range for this position is $107,000 to $130,000 DOQE. In addition, the following benefits are provided: medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short- and long-term disability insurances; flexible spending accounts (health, dependent care); and various EAP programs. The city pays 85% of medical, dental, and vision premiums, 100% for life, AD&D, short- and long-term disability. Retirement: 401(a) mandatory after six months (4.9% employer match, three-year vesting), 457(b) and Roth, both optional. This position enjoys generous paid time off and paid holidays. Additional benefits include voluntary life and AD&D insurances, tuition reimbursement, Aflac (accident, hospital, cancer), MASA (ground and air ambulance), cell phone discounts, a wellness benefit and an annual pass to the Royal Gorge Bridge. Relocation assistance subject to negotiation.