Seeking a Collaborative & Empowering Public Works Director 


The City's Public Works Director of 20 years is retiring, and a newly-appointed City Administrator began on February 1, 2019. These two new key staff members create an exciting climate for change management and implementation of new ideas. The Public Works Director is an executive-level position reporting directly to the City Administrator. With seven direct reports, this person leads five divisions: Administration; Engineering; Streets, Utilities, and Fleet; Wastewater Treatment (Reclamation); and Water Treatment. Working cooperatively with others is an important organizational value, and the successful candidate will effectively coordinate activities with other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies.


Founded in 1888 by Mary Miller, the City of Lafayette has historical roots as a coal-mining and agricultural community. Lafayette has since grown into a unique community with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and unparalleled recreational opportunities. Each year, the City hosts many exciting and diverse events, including Art Night Out, a Fourth of July Celebration, the Lafayette Peach Festival, the Lafayette Brew Fest, and the Lafayette Oatmeal Festival. Lafayette has appeared on numerous national lists of top places to live and raise a family. 

The City is situated along U.S. Highway 287 just over 22 miles north of Denver and 11 miles east of Boulder, Colorado. Lafayette encompasses 9.54 square miles and is home to a population of approximately 29,000. 


Lafayette is a thriving and diverse community at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Our citizens enjoy robust services and amenities, including the Great Outdoors Water Park, an award-winning skate park, the Hale Irwin designed Indian Peaks Golf Course, a senior center, The Collective Community Arts Center, Art on the Street public art program,  Waneka Lake park and boathouse, 20 community parks, 1,465 acres of open space, 20 miles of trails, Lafayette Public Library, NRPA Gold Medal Award-winning Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, multiple community events, and a vibrant downtown. The City has solid financial stability, evident in our  AA+ General Obligation Bond rating and AAA rating for Water Enterprise Fund Bonds. Current City goals relevant to Public Works consist of 100% renewable energy by 2030, minimized impact of commuter traffic, a water reclamation treatment facility expansion, and an expanded pay-as-you-throw residential waste program.  

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Public Works is a full-service department acting as stewards for the City's utilities and infrastructure. Oversight includes design, engineering, operation, and maintenance of roadways, sidewalks, street signals, storm water, and water production and reclamation facilities. The department also provides resources and support to other City departments for community events, art installations, and other collaborative initiatives. Future focus is on updating processes, project management, technology, training and development while continuing excellent service. 

Department at-a-glance:

  • Achieved APWA certification in 2018
  • 44 full-time employees
  • $15.4 million operations and maintenance budget
  • $22.8 million CIP budget
  • 13 MGD water plant capacity
  • 4.4 MGD water reclamation plant capacity
  • 110 lane miles of roadway
  • 177 miles of water lines
  • 115 miles of wastewater pipes
  • 62.9 miles of storm pipes


For more information, Public Works Director Profile or please contact Sarah Hayes, Senior Human Resources Analyst and Risk Manager.    303-661-1251


Closing deadline for applications: FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019.

The City anticipates conducting interviews the week of June 24th.


Please apply online at Applications should be accompanied by a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume.


The Public Works Director position is an integral part of our City’s leadership team, and serves as a strong leader for the entire department. The ideal candidate will set an example by demonstrating the following traits: 

  • communicates effectively and shares information transparently;
  • collaborates and is open-minded;
  • is honorable, kind, fair, considerate,  and understanding;
  • empowers, values, and demonstrates trust in employees;
  • sets expectations, provides feedback, resolves conflict, and celebrates success;
  • shares resources and expertise to develop employees; 
  • builds cohesive inter-departmental teams and bridges well with other departments;
  • translates vision into compelling motivation and purpose for staff;
  • executes a strategic plan to achieve the desired future.

The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of Public Works operations and infrastructure across the department's five divisions, as well as possess knowledge sufficient to advance City goals around transportation, traffic management, and sustainable energy. He or she will be an adept project manager with the ability to successfully juggle competing interests, manage crossover between initiatives, delegate effectively, and deliver projects to completion. The ideal candidate will value teamwork, communication, organizational development, fun, and collaboration in a dynamic environment populated with talented professionals.