City Engineer

City of Abilene, TX | Full-time


The Position

The City Engineer oversees the City’s engineering activities, including the design and construction of all streets and drainage facilities, and is responsible for floodplain management. This individual coordinates the review of all planned engineering projects and plans, including schedules, feasibility studies, and cost estimates. The City Engineer reviews subdivision and construction plans in addition to developing engineering plans and project scope requirements. The individual selected must be comfortable in communicating development regulations for specific circumstances, and have the ability to be both firm and flexible. This position is also responsible for coordinating project management of the City’s capital and bond projects and provides oversight of inspections during construction.

The City Engineer supervises and mentors engineering staff, develops and manages a multi-year capital improvement plan and street bond program, coordinates high-profile development projects, and serves as a technical expert for infrastructure projects throughout the City. The City Engineer reports to the Public Works Director.

The Organization

The City of Abilene is a home rule city with a council-manager form of government. The City Council includes a mayor and six council members. The City Manager, City Secretary, City Attorney, Municipal Court Judge, and all Board and Commission members are Mayoral appointments approved by the City Council.

In Fiscal Year 2020, the City has an operating budget (all funds) of $219,148,580, a General Fund budget of $106,523,080, and 1,276 full-time employees. The City is organized into 12 departments: General Government, Human Resources, Finance, Planning and Development Services, Public Works, Information Technology, Police, Fire, Transportation Services, Community Services, Health, and Water.

The City’s mission statement is, “We work together to build and maintain a community of the highest quality for present and future generations,” and the City has the following core values: respect, integrity, service above self, and excellence in all we do. The organization has adopted strategic objectives that align with individual department goals and work plans.

The Public Works Department

The Public Works Department delivers quality services to the City of Abilene. Staff is committed to improving and maintaining the City’s transportation system by enhancing traffic safety and operations through design, construction, and ongoing operations and maintenance. Staff is responsible for floodplain management, infrastructure maintenance, public infrastructure improvements, and oversight of all construction by private entities in the public right-of-way. The Department includes several divisions: Administration, Engineering, Traffic Services, Street Services, Stormwater Services, Solid Waste Services, and Street Lighting. The Department is led by the Public Works Director and Assistant Public Works Director and has 79 employees and an operating budget of $27.4 million in FY2020.

Engineering Division

The Engineering Division strives to create an Abilene community of the highest quality for present and future generations. Staff develop and maintain City design standards and specifications, city maps, and street directories. The Engineering Division issues permits for driveways, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, and reviews and approves all engineering documents submitted by outside parties.

Staff is responsible for reviewing subdivision plats and construction plans, preparing construction plans for City-funded capital projects and bond projects, providing oversight of inspections during construction, and performing functions for floodplain management. The Division is led by the City Engineer who manages a staff of eight including a Professional Engineer (PE), an Engineer in Training (EIT), two engineering technicians, a construction manager, and three construction inspectors.

The Ideal Candidate

The City of Abilene is seeking an experienced licensed Professional Engineer who can effectively communicate to a wide variety of audiences, both verbally and in writing, and who has excellent public relations skills.

The ideal candidate is a problem-solver who is personable, responsive, and innovative. The candidate will be knowledgeable and focused, as well as technically competent. This individual will have strong project and time management skills and a demonstrated aptitude for managing multiple projects and deadlines. The successful candidate will be comfortable operating in both the administrative and technical aspects of the position.

The City Engineer will be an experienced manager who will lead a team of accomplished professionals and will be fully invested in their continued success. This person will encourage creative thinking while providing staff with support, direction, and feedback. The successful candidate will lead by example and instill trust in staff. The ideal candidate will be a team player, collaborative in nature, and able to build strong working relationships.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in budget and financial management and have experience in capital planning and applying for and managing grants. The City Engineer will have experience writing requests for proposals, awarding bids, and managing contracts. This individual will be an effective decision-maker who can provide thoughtful recommendations to staff and elected officials.

Experience and Education

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field with a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible engineering experience and at least three years in a management/supervisory role. A State of Texas registration as a Professional Engineer or the ability to obtain such registration within six months of hire is required.

Preferred qualifications include Certified Flood Manager (CFM) certification; experience working in local, state, or federal government; experience managing a bond program; a background in floodplain management, street maintenance, and stormwater management; and experience with design and asset program management.

The Community

The City of Abilene, Texas, is located approximately 180 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, near the geographic center of the state. Conveniently connected east-west by Interstate Highway 20 and north-south by U.S. highways 83, 84, and 277. Abilene serves as the county seat for Taylor County, one of 254 counties in Texas.

Abilene was established in March 1881, upon the completion of the Texas and Pacific Railroad. Abilene's civic progressiveness and logistic function as a regional center for distribution, commerce, industry, transportation, and education provide an assortment of lodging, dining, cultural, and retail opportunities typically found only in much larger cities.

Today, more than 120,000 friendly people call Abilene home, and the City represents an eclectic mix of Old West heritage, contemporary culture, and traditional values. As a Top Texas Destination, there is something for everyone in Abilene. For instance, visitors can feed the giraffes at the Abilene Zoo or relive rugged western lore through cutting-edge technology at Frontier Texas.

Art enthusiasts can find inspiration at various museums and cultural events held in Downtown Abilene, such as ArtWalk, City Sidewalks, and the annual Children’s Arts and Literacy Festival. Conveniently located at the center of a 22-county area known as the Big Country, Abilene is a centerpiece for employment, retail, and medical services in West Texas. While the City continues to expand, both the manufacturing and wind energy industries have increased to meet growing demand and opportunities. The urbanized areas (population, business, industry, medical and education institutions) are clustered primarily inside the City limits of Abilene. These elements serve not only Abilene’s interests but also those of a large rural community focused on farming, ranching and resource production.

Interstate and state highways, Union Pacific Railroad cargo service, and air travel via Abilene Regional Airport provide citizens and industry easy access to transportation services. For those pursuing higher education, students may choose between three universities, a college, a technical college, a pharmacy school, and schools of nursing.

The City boasts attractive and affordable housing, excellent schools, a revitalized historic downtown, an assortment of tourist attractions, recreational possibilities, top-notch medical facilities, a regional industrial hub, Dyess Air Force Base, and a philanthropic community.

Quick Facts:

  • Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): 172,310
  • MSA Civilian Labor Force (as of August 2019): 76,141
  • Population: 123,403
  • Number of Households: 46,225
  • Average Age: 32.2
  • Average Household Income: $63,224
  • Average Homestead Appraised Value: $133,551


The salary range for this position is $95,008 - $120,959 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled; applications will be reviewed as received. 


Please direct questions to Jenn Reichelt at or 513-801-6326.

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