Public Works Director

City of Cortez

Just to the west of the majestic San Juan Mountains, high on southwest Colorado’s desert plateau sits the City of Cortez. “Platted in 1886, incorporated in 1902, and becoming a city in 1952, the founding date of Cortez is (open) to interpretation,” says the City’s budget. Rich in ancient history and natural beauty, Cortez (pop. 8,800, elev. 6,191, 6.21 sq. mi.) is the largest city in, and county seat of, Montezuma County. Residents enjoy access to the massive San Juan National Forest, every manner of outdoor recreation, and the serenity of the high desert and the American West.  Cortez has a proposed budget of approximately $30 million for FY 2022 (GF $12.2 million) that will support all City services and approximately 135 FTE.

This career opportunity is available with the recent departure of Mr. Phil Johnson, who capably and effectively served Cortez as public works director for nearly eight years.  The public works department includes several divisions: the water system (including a 240-kw hydroelectric plant), engineering (currently contracted), solid waste (refuse and recycling services), GIS (contracted), and streets (53 road miles), to include maintenance, snow and ice removal, street cleaning, and traffic services.

A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field, plus ten years of increasingly responsible experience in public works, including three to five years of supervisory and administrative responsibility in public works, or an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed for this position are required. A professional engineering license is preferred.

The annual salary range for this position is $78,395 to $121,597 DOQE.  Cortez is willing to negotiate a higher salary for a licensed professional engineer. In addition, the following benefits are provided: health (City pays approx. 90%, employee, 10%) and dental (City pays 100%) insurances; life insurance; mandatory 5% supplemental retirement, matched 100% by the city, plus optional voluntary deferred compensation plan; vacation, sick, and discretionary leave, plus 10 paid holidays; and employee assistance program. Relocation assistance subject to negotiation.

Filing Deadline: November 8, 2021

Contact: Andrew (Drew) Gorgey at (970) 987-1238 (direct)

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