City Engineer


Under the direction of the Utilities Director, the City Engineer is responsible for providing highly skilled engineering services to the City on a wide variety of projects.  This is a professional position requiring an individual who is capable of exercising independent judgment and who possesses the educational and relevant experience as relates to Civil Engineering principles.  This position provides engineering services for all city departments primarily the Utilities and Public Works Departments; provides as-needed technical assistance to Planning/Codes; and may interface with other City Departments regarding engineering needs. Position will function as the assistant to the Utilities Director, and may be delegated to make decisions for the Department of Utilities in the absence of the Utilities Director.  This ‘exempt’ position is eligible for full benefits and has a salary range of $59,911 - $95,702 DOE.


·         Advises the administration and department heads engaged in traffic, property acquisition, construction inspection, information management, and maintenance scheduling for public streets and drainage facilities.

·         Performs engineering management functions as applicable for all City Utilities (Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Collection, and Gas Distribution) and other Public Works functions (Streets, and Solid Waste); as well as for Storm Water Drainage (Tennessee MS4 Program); TDOT (TN Department of Transportation; TDEC (TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation) and other functions as assigned.

·         Manages or performs the survey, design, drafting, preparation of specifications and bid packages, prepares right-of-way or easement documents, negotiates with property owners and manages construction for funded capital improvement projects to be designed by City employees. 

·         Manages the process and information flow of Title VI information relative to projects for the City and interacts with contractors/subcontractors to ensure proper contractor compliance and documentation.

·         Prepares the scope of work for the engineers involved, reviews and approves preliminary and final design plans and specifications, and manages key construction activities for funded capital improvement projects to be designed by a consultant.

·         Prepares and recommends ordinances and revisions to city code regarding construction standards.

·         Confers with the City Attorney or representative concerning the legality of various matters, contracts and agreements, litigation on contracts, and preparation of proposed legislation.

·         Assists the Public Works Department in preparing capital budget for the construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of street and drainage facilities.

·         Prepares the budget for the Engineering Department

·         Observes delivery of services in the field, inspects infrastructure projects on site, and attends meetings regarding the progress and status of Public Works and Department of Utilities projects.

·         Reviews and approves periodic estimates of expenditures; reviews and approves payment of invoices prepared by contractors.

·         Must attend all Planning Commission meetings and work with Planning Director in making recommendations to the Board.

·         Meets with citizens, citizens’ committees and neighborhood groups concerning services and project implementation; responds to questions, complaints, suggestions and other concerns.

·         Maintains continuous liaison with various state and federal agencies regarding regulations, project approvals, and funding of projects.

·         Supervises the investigation of citizens concerns and complaints; prepares reports of the concern; confers with the Public Works Director and Utilities Director regarding the severity of the concerns; and outlines actions to alleviate the concern.

·         Coordinates with other city departments, city boards, and other local governments concerning the status of projects.

·         Reviews and approves, while coordinating with department heads, engineered plans and specifications for private development submitted for Planning approval.

·         Prepares Requests for Qualifications to engineering consultants, reviews qualifications received, assists in the selection process of professional engineering services, negotiates agreements, recommends, through the Public Works Director and/or Utilities Director, the selected consulting firm to the Council for approval for major project designs and services; reviews and approves work performed.


  • 1+ years of experience in managing and supervising others.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering, particularly as applied to municipal government.
  • Knowledge of municipal design, construction, maintenance methods, materials and equipment.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulatory codes related to the development and construction of public improvement projects;
  • Experience in engineering and project management within the regulations of TDOT (TN Dept. of Transportation) and TDEC (TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation) or comparable entities.
  • Ability to plan, schedule and supervise complex civil engineering programs.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing, to groups and individuals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with subordinates, contractors, engineers, the general public, and elected officials.
  • Be available to work hours as needed or as necessary, including attending meetings scheduled after normal working hours.
  • Ability to supervise, coordinate, delegate and negotiate.
  • Ability to make sound financial and budgetary decisions.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve complex and sensitive problems.
  • Advanced working knowledge of personal computers/software and capable of utilizing engineering computer software programs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or appropriate Engineering field required.
  • 5+ years of verifiable, acceptable experience in civil engineering, preferably in a municipal environment; OR
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee, or possess comparable PE license with ability to obtain State of Tennessee licensing within city-approved time frame.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.


How do I apply?  An application and job description may be obtained from the receptionist at Portland City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, or by clicking this link: City of Portland Application.

Completed applications and resume, if available, must be returned to City Hall Receptionist or faxed to 615-745-5453 until filled.

Portland City Hall

Attn:  Human Resources

100 South Russell Street

Portland, Tennessee 37148

 Pre-employment background screen, post-offer/pre-work drug screen and physical required.

 The City of Portland is an equal opportunity employer.