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Public Works Director

The Mercer Group, Inc.
Norcross, Georgia
115,000 - 135,000
Closing date
Mar 30, 2024

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The City of Norcross, Georgia is seeking a Public Works Director. The City of Norcross, located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, is a picturesque community that blends authentic historic charm with a trendy lifestyle. As the second oldest city in Gwinnett County, heritage is a huge source of local pride and its influence on the local “way of life” can be seen in the slower pace of people passing by as well as in the vibrant energy of its historic downtown. It’s a city where everyone still knows everyone and where civic engagement is abundant. But don’t let the small-town charm lead you into underestimating this city–Norcross is an economic powerhouse with a strong and diverse business environment heavily engaged in the growing technology, business services, creative industries and other wide-ranging business sectors. The 6.5 square-mile community has also received recognition in the areas of sustainability, affordable housing, healthy living and more. If you are looking for a forward-thinking and proactive city committed to creating a “live-work-play” environment while maintaining its unique historic character, Norcross is your answer. The City of Norcross is governed by a council-manager form of government. The City Council determines the city policies, and the City Manager is responsible for the city operations and execution of the set policies. The Finance Director reports to the City Manager.




Find details about the position expectations by reviewing the recruitment brochure at

The City of Norcross seeks a professional Public Works Director who is a dedicated team player and can quickly gain the confidence of the community.  The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate strong department leadership and have a passionate commitment to serving the diverse Norcross citizens and staff.  The Candidate must demonstrate the ability to work in the  area of long-range transportation plans, fleet management, oversight of capital improvement projects, electric utility, contracted solid waste and recycling and storm water management.  Additionally, the candidate should have experience in managing the work of outside contractors and working with an engaged citizenry to resolve concerns.  The ideal candidate must be a strategic thinker and embrace a leadership style characterized by clear and respectful communication with existing staff, valuing their skill sets, ensuring accountability for job performance, and fostering a cohesive team.  The Public Works Director will have effective communication skills for conveying information accurately and succinctly to elected officials, citizen groups, and customers and should adequately communicate with staff at all levels, demonstrated with strong oral and written skills. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to collaborate with individuals across various levels of government, showcasing a track record of achievement in public works operations, projects and management.

Minimum qualifications include:


  • Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, engineering, or related field is required. Five (5) years of experience in public works of a similar size & complexity to Norcross or any equivalent combination of education, training, & experience providing requisite knowledge, skill, & ability to perform the essential functions of the job. Must have at least three years of supervisory experience leading a team. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicles or equipment operated.

Compensation & Benefits:  The expected starting salary range for this position is $115,000 - $135,000 (depending on qualifications of the selected candidate), with a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, life insurance and retirement benefits.   Relocation expenses negotiable.  

How to Apply:  Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references (with email and phone numbers), as well as salary history no later than close of business on March 28, 2024; to  Please direct any questions to Lisa Ward, Senior Associate, Mercer Group Associates, at or 706-983-9326 or Alan Reddish, Senior Associate, Mercer Group Associates, Cell: 706-614-4961.





The Mercer Group, Inc. is recognized as one of the finest management consulting firms in the United States in our market niches. Our team of consultants has a combined experience of more than 200 years in these areas. We provide the highest quality management consulting services to federal, state and local governments and to health care providers, transit authorities, utilities, and private-sector clients.

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