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Paducah, KY (26,300) –  The City of Paducah is seeking skilled and experienced applicants, who are good communicators with a servant leadership mentality, for the position of City Engineer.  Paducah is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio rivers, and is known to be beautiful, friendly, and inspiring.  It serves as the regional center for commerce, education, health care, and culture in western Kentucky.   

The previous City Engineer of Paducah recently retired after serving for 27 years in the position. The City is hoping to attract talented and enthusiastic applicants who wish to join Paducah’s high-performing and results-driven leadership team.   
The Community
Paducah is well-known for its rich heritage, its thriving arts and cultural offerings, its abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, and its robust business climate.  You can literally find anything you want in Paducah.  Its small-town friendliness and charm belie its vibrant and growing array of retail, restaurant, and entertainment offerings. 
Paduch’s historic and quaint downtown district symbolizes the community’s success in leverage its rich social and architectural history with an exciting commercial district replete with restaurants, specialty shoppes, and cultural experiences.  Downtown Paducah has been consistently recognized as one of America’s most attractive and enticing downtown districts by the likes of Architectural Digest and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Paducah is home-rule class city and is the county seat of McCracken County in western Kentucky.  The City lies along the banks of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers.  The rivers have had a profound impact on the historical development of Paducah, and they continue today to be a prominent source of commerce, transportation, and recreation for the region.    
Municipal Government in Paducah
Paducah operates under the City Manager Plan form of government. The City is governed by a five (5) member Board of Commissioners consisting of the  Mayor and four (4) Commissioners all of which are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis.  The Mayor is elected to a four-year term while the other Commission Members are elected to two-year terms. 
The Board of Commissioners appoint a professional City Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the municipality.   All Department Directors, including the City Engineer, report directly to the City Manager. 
The City of Paducah has approximately 305 full time employees and an annual operating budget of $46 million.  Paducah is considered a full-service municipality and consists of the following operating departments:  Administration, City Clerk, Customer Experience, Engineering, Finance,  Fire, Human Resources,  Planning, Police, Public Works, and Technology. 
The City Engineer Position
The City Engineer is a department head level position that reports to the City Manager.  The Engineering Department consists of eleven (11) full-time staff and has an annual operating budget of $1.9 million.  The Engineering Department's mission is to provide effective and efficient support services for all citizens of Paducah. The Engineering Department is responsible for a comprehensive array of municipal engineering services along with the management and operation of the city’s floodwall.  
The most common engineering services that are provided by the department include:
  • Design and construction oversight of public infrastructure related capital improvements including roads, bridges, sidewalks, storm water facilities, and various underground utilities.
  • Inspection of all privately installed public infrastructure facilities. 
  • Engineering support for all operating departments of the City.
  • Oversight and management of all municipal rights of way.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations.
  • Commercial site plan review.
  • Grant procurement and administration. 
  • Professional engineering assistance and guidance to members of the public.
  • Floodwall operations.
The City Engineer must be well-versed in all aspects of municipal engineering.  He or she must be able to effectively communicate complex engineering principles and practices to other members of the city staff, to elected officials, and to members of the public.   The City Engineer must also interpret and enforce, in a fair and consistent manner, a variety of engineering rules, regulations, and generally accepted practices. He or she much also be an effective supervisor and leader,  and must have good project management skills as well as the ability to manage the Department’s operating budget. 
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for the City Engineer position should possess the following skills and attributes:
  1. A strong background in most of the common engineering services provided by the Paducah Engineering Department as outlined above.
  2. The ability to communicate effectively with elected officials, developers, contractors, and members of the public. 
  3. The ability to forge productive and harmonious relationships with a variety of stakeholders including customers of the department, other municipal operating departments, private engineering firms and service providers, elected officials, etc. 
  4. Has a servant leader mentality.
  5. Is considered a good team player and is able to work with and support all of the other operating departments of the City. 
  6. Has strong project management skills and has the demonstrated ability to deliver complicated projects on time and within budget. 
  7. Is an inspirational leader for the Engineering team and has excellent supervisory skills. 
  8. Has good budgeting experience and is comfortable creating and managing project budgets as well as the Engineering Department’s annual operating budget.  
Minimum Qualifications
All applicants for the position should be able to meet the following qualifications:
  • Be a registered Professional Engineer with the State of Kentucky; or be able to attain such within the first year of employment. 
  • Hold an undergraduate degree in civil engineering or some other related engineering discipline.  A master’s degree is desirable but not required.  
  • Have a minimum of 10 years of engineering work experience, preferably within  a municipal engineering environment, including budgeting, project management, and supervisory experience. 
The starting salary range for this position is $135,000 to $160,000 DOQ/E. This position also receives a $500/month car allowance. The City provides its non-union employees with both a cost-of -living salary increase as well as a meritorious salary adjustment each year.  In addition to the excellent salary, the City of Paducah will provide the selected candidate with an outstanding package of fringe benefits. 
How to apply
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume’, and five (5) work related references to Mark Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA, no later than February 23, 2024. All application materials must be submitted on-line.  Please contact Mr. Peterson at (309) 825-5091 if you have any questions.   
The City of Paducah is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Application Deadline: February 23, 2024

Posted: 2024-02-12

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