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City of Aberdeen, Maryland

Director of Public Works

City of Aberdeen, Maryland

The Position

The Director of Public Works oversees a full-service department charged with the responsibility for planning, supervision and management of the water production, water storage, water distribution, sewage collection, and sewage treatment services with a water treatment plant and a wastewater treatment plant for City water customers.  The City also provides street sweeping, street maintenance, snow plowing, and refuse collection.  The department manages and maintains the City’s parks, City right-of-way, City facilities, and oversees and implements capital projects.  The department has a City Engineer as well as an inspector.

In addition, the City provides all water and wastewater services for the Aberdeen Area of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG), a federal military installation, via a long-term contractual agreement.  The City of Aberdeen owns and operates a separate water treatment plant and a separate wastewater treatment plant, which are fully dedicated to APG and staffed by City employees.  The APG contract and operations are overseen by a separate Director of APG Privatization who works closely with the Public Works Director.  The Director of Public Works oversees the plant operations of all four treatment facilities.

The Public Works Director is responsible for developing and monitoring the department’s $2.4 million general fund budget along with $2.8 million for the water fund and $3.6 million for the sewer fund.  The department has 98 employees in the following divisions:  Administration (8 FTEs), Maintenance (44 FTEs), Environmental (7 FTEs) and Plants (39 FTEs).  The Director has five direct reports which are the City Engineer, Maintenance Superintendent, Water and Wastewater Superintendent, Secretary, and Senior Center Custodian.

The City of Aberdeen operates under Council-Manager form of government, with a non-partisan Mayor and four councilmembers elected at-large for four-year terms.  The Director of Public Works reports to the City Manager.  The position serves at the pleasure of the City Manager but the appointment must be confirmed by the City Council.  Residency within the City limits after appointment is strongly preferred.

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field, demonstrated leadership and supervision experience, a minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in a public works related position, and certification (or eligibility for certification) as a Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland.  The hiring range for the Director of Public Works is $100,000 – 110,000 and is supplemented by an outstanding City benefits package.

The Ideal Candidate

Aberdeen is looking for a talented, experienced, licensed professional engineer with demonstrated leadership in public works operations.  The candidate will have a working knowledge of water and wastewater treatment processes, be knowledgeable about environmental regulations and reporting requirements, traffic and safety regulations, as well as the Chesapeake Bay requirements. The next Public Works Director will possess strong communication skills, be visible within the workforce and in the community, foster cooperation within the City staff, and develop strong working relationships with other governmental entities.  The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to customer service, be a partner with other departments to address community needs, and build strong partnerships with other levels of government.  He or she will be a model for reliability and patience, be able to lead and develop staff, and work creatively and effectively to solve problems within a fiscally conservative environment.

The Community

In Aberdeen, you will find beautiful neighborhoods, outstanding natural resources, and outdoor recreation in a relaxed, friendly, family-oriented atmosphere.  At 6.47 square miles with a population of approximately 15,000, Aberdeen is the economic center of the region, with a growing high technology business sector.  Just 30 minutes northeast of Baltimore, it has many cultural, arts, shopping and dining choices within close proximity.  It also is in view of the Chesapeake Bay, near some of the most beautiful agricultural areas of Maryland.  Home to Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen attracts many youth sports leagues and other groups to the area.

Aberdeen, the Home of Opportunity, is located in Harford County, and is adjacent to the Aberdeen Proving Ground.  It is also the home of several successful, thriving businesses, including Frito-Lay, Saks Fifth Avenue, Rite Aid, and Pier 1 Imports. The Aberdeen Proving Ground is the epicenter of approximately 20,000 new jobs coming to the Aberdeen area under the Federal Base Relocation and Closure (BRAC) Act.   Aberdeen has an excellent transportation network, with easy access to the major northeast corridor via Route 40, Interstate-95, Amtrak, and Maryland’s MARC train service.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army’s oldest active proving ground, is one of the world’s foremost research, development, testing, and training facilities for military weapons and equipment. APG is comprised two principal areas: Aberdeen (northern area) and Edgewood (southern area). It occupies more than 72,500 acres in Harford County, Maryland. More than 7,500 civilians work at APG, and more than 3,900 military personnel are assigned there. In addition, there are nearly 3,000 contractor and private business employees working on the Proving Ground. There are 2,700 military family members living on the post. The post is Harford County’s largest employer and one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.


The salary range is $100,000 – $110,000  with an excellent benefits package. Open until filled with first review of applications August 14, 2014.

How to Apply



Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at (240) 832-1778.

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