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Public Works Director

City of Toppenish, Washington

$87,798 – $114,132 (4% Salary Increase for Registered P.E.)

Incorporated in 1907, the City of Toppenish is located in the agricultural center of the Yakima Valley in central Washington. Home to 9,010 residents, Toppenish is culturally diverse with a Hispanic population of 75%. A premier place to live, work and play, Toppenish offers a temperate climate, a low cost of living, and a strong sense of community. Toppenish has preserved its beginnings as a rugged western town through restoration and beautification efforts that make it a popular tourist attraction today. Sitting amid productive agricultural fields, orchards, vineyards, and hop yards, Toppenish enjoys easy access to the Yakima River where residents and visitors enjoy fishing, boating, rafting, picnicking, and much more. With warm summers, cool winters, and four distinct but mild seasons, Toppenish boasts 300 days of sunshine per year. The Yakima Valley is well known throughout the state as the heart of the Northwest craft beverage scene, and also offers award-winning wines and wine country tours.

The City of Toppenish’s Public Works Department is responsible for the planning, programming, construction, maintenance, and operations of the city’s streets, water, sewer, stormwater, solid waste, parks, and open space, cemetery, fleet, and facilities. Under the administrative direction of the City Manager, the Public Works Director is responsible for determining major department policies, planning long-range programs, resolving difficult administrative problems, and managing the departmental budget. Duties include exercising leadership with the department’s Operations Manager and leads, and advising the City Manager in the determination of program needs, the preparation and presentation of programs for approval by the City Manager and City Council, and coordination of the implementation of approved programs. This position has total budgetary preparation and compliance accountability for an operating budget of approximately $12 million and a capital budget of approximately $15 million in 2022. The Director is accountable for control of capital assets valued at greater than $500,000 and for all long-range operational and strategic planning.

A bachelor’s degree in civil, sanitary, environmental, public works, or mechanical engineering, public administration, and/or a related field, and five (5) years of management experience in a public works department that includes management of day-to-day operations, capital projects, personnel, administration, and budgets is required. A Professional Engineer license is preferred, and candidates who are bilingual (Spanish) is a plus. Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.

For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Toppenish is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: May 29, 2022 (open until filled).

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