Park City-hired recruiter advertises vacant city engineer post
A Park City-hired recruiting firm has advertised the municipal government’s vacant city engineer position with a desire that applications be submitted by Dec. 2, a timeline that leaves open the possibility that someone might not start until the beginning of the year.
The application window is open until the post is filled. City Hall tapped Prothman Company, a consulting firm based in Issaquah, Washington, to assist with the recruitment.
The recruitment follows the late-September departure of Nestor Gallo, who spent approximately five months as the city engineer. He stepped down for personal reasons unrelated to his performance, City Hall said at the time of his departure. The next full time city engineer will likely be the third in less than a year, following Gallo and Matt Cassel, who left the Marsac Building in April to become the city engineer in Salt Lake City.
The municipal government hired Epic Engineering to fill part of the role of a city engineer in the interim. The contract with the Heber City-based Epic Engineering is valued at up to $135,380 and primarily involves work on the Park City Heights, Kings Crown and Alice Claim developments.
The city engineer is a key staffer in development matters and the related subject of road design. The city engineer is heavily involved in private sector projects and those undertaken by the municipal government itself. The Dec. 2 desired date for applications could lead to someone starting shortly afterward but possibly not until the new year. That timeline would put someone in the post as private sector developers and the municipal government finalize plans for projects scheduled to break ground in the spring.
The next city engineer will be an instrumental figure in municipal road and infrastructure projects. One of the notable ones is expected to coincide with the detailed design of an arts and culture district off Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive, two heavily traveled streets. The impact of an arts and culture district on those roads will be scrutinized during the design phase.
The city engineer position has a salary range of between $100,000 and $121,652 annually. City Hall also offers a well-regarded benefit package. The posting indicates the person hired could potentially be offered transitional housing for one year.
The four-person engineering division in the 2019 fiscal year has a budget of $533,100, according to the recruiting package. The post reports to Community Development Director Anne Laurent. The engineering division works closely with planning and building staffers as well.
The consultant’s advertisement indicates candidates are required to have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering or a field that is related, five years of experience in the field and between three and five years of managing personnel. City Hall, meanwhile, asks the candidates answer two questions geared toward working in Park City. One inquires about why someone sees it as a “good time in your career to come to Park City.” The other requests information about a candidate’s knowledge and skills in designing road networks.
The posting is available on the Prothman Company website at prothman-jobboard.com.
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