As the Town of Round Hill’s service area continues to grow, more staff members are needed to keep up with increasing resident demands and needs.
The Town Council on Thursday night voted unanimously to authorize Town Administrator Buster Nicholson to move forward with advertising a recruitment package for its first ever public works director. The selected candidate will be paid up to $95,000 to supervise the town’s utility and maintenance programs, which include water and sewer operations, facility maintenance and roadwork coordination.
Nicholson said the position is needed now because to better serve the nearly 3,500 residents who live outside of town limits but within the Joint Land Management Area and who use town water.
“That’s what generates the work,” he said. “Most of our questions are from [residents outside the town limits].”
Nicholson said that hiring a public works director would be a huge help to the town and to him directly, since he said he is currently working multiple jobs across different departments—unofficially as the town CEO, clerk, purchasing agent, project manager and director of public works, information technology and human resources. “I think the public works director will help me greatly,” he said.
According to the job description, the public works director will prepare and monitor the public works and utilities budgets; supervise utility operations and the maintenance of town facilities, sidewalks and streetlights; coordinate street maintenance with VDOT; handle public complaints; oversee vendor contracts for trash collection and mowing; work with contracted engineers to design and implement projects; assist Nicholson in preparing capital improvements programs; and generally manage the public works staff.
Candidates are expected to have knowledge of utility systems, design and construction practices, the town’s inspection standards and construction cost estimates. They should also be able to read and interpret plans, specifications and blueprints.
As for education and experience, the town is looking for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in facilities management or business administration, a minimum of five years’ experience operating public utility systems and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in managing facilities.
Nicholson said the job advertisement would be posted to municipal government organizations and other sites job search sites begining today, with an application deadline set for Friday, July 20.
Round Hill isn’t the only town in western Loudoun searching for a public works director. Purcellville has also been looking for someone to fill that role since May. Dawn Ashbacher, the former Sykesville, MD, town manager, has served as the town’s interim public works director since February.
As Round Hill looks to fill the position, Nicholson will also promote Assistant Utilities Supervisor Marty Feltner to utilities supervisor. Nicholson said the promotion makes sense because Feltner has been “doing that job for a long, long time.”
The town is also looking to fill the town treasurer position, following Angela Fletcher’s departure earlier this month.With an application deadline set for Monday, July 9, Nicholson said the town has received two applications so far.
Additionally, the town in November hired Purcellville’s former town manager Rob Lohr as a part-time project specialist to help Nicholson mainly with the $2.5 million Main Street enhancement projects, which will eventually give pedestrians a safe route to and from Franklin Park and install new sidewalks and stormwater control on East Loudoun Street.