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Road & Bridge Director

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$37.96 $53.14 $6,579.61 $9,210.76 $78,955.00 $110,537.00


The Larimer County Road & Bridge Director leads and manages the activities, projects and operations of the Road & Bridge Department including the construction, maintenance and repair of native, gravel and paved roads, and of bridges, structures, culverts and other drainage facilities. The Director is an at-will, non-classified Department Head appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and reporting to the Public Works Director.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.   

Representing the R&B Department

  • Serves on the senior management team of the Public Works Division with the Public Works Director and the directors of the Engineering, Natural Resources, Solid Waste, and Fairgrounds & Events Center Departments.
  • Directs the R&B senior management team currently consisting of an Assistant R&B Director, four Group Managers (Paved Roads, Non-Paved Road, Structures, and Equipment & Materials), and Senior Accountant.
  • Represents the R&B Department in presentations, public hearings, formal and informal meetings with the Board of County Commissioners and with organizations, groups of citizens, and individual citizens affected by Department plans or activities.
  • Responsible for investigating and responding to questions, concerns, and complaints from customers, media or other sources related to Department activities.
  • Represents Larimer County in discussion and coordination of shared transportation interests with agencies/organizations such as the Colorado Department of Transportation, US Forest Service, Larimer County towns and cities, and other Colorado counties
  • Participates in various professional groups such as CCI (Colorado Counties, Inc.) and CARSE (Colorado Association of Road Supervisors and Engineers).
  • Represents the Department in the development, practice, and implementation of emergency response plans for disasters such as extreme snowfall events, forest fires, floods, tornados, acts of terrorism, or other events which destroy, damage or disrupt the county's transportation and storm drainage infrastructure.

Planning and budgeting:

  • Responsible for the implementation of the vision, goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the Board of County Commissioners and of the Public Works Division within the R&B Department.
  • Works with R&B Department management team to develop and implement short-range (3 to 5 year) and annual plans for maintenance and repair of the County's road and bridge infrastructure based on evaluations of the condition of the infrastructure and available resources (manpower, equipment, materials, department revenue, etc.).
  • Works with the R&B and Engineering Departments to develop and implement short- and long-range capital improvement programs for the reconstruction, replacement, improvement or new construction of transportation infrastructure including roads, bridges and storm drainage systems.
  • Develops and maintains performance measures to monitor the condition of road & bridge infrastructure, the effectiveness of maintenance techniques and strategies, and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Prepares and manages the annual budget of the R&B Department: forecasting revenues and expenditures for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; and insuring all financial activities comply with applicable county policies and procedures and with best management practices.

Directs and oversees field operations:

  • Establishes appropriate service and staffing levels, monitors and evaluates the efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of service delivery methods and procedures, and allocates resources accordingly for all R&B related functions.
  • Plans, directs and oversees, through subordinate level supervisory and managerial personnel, all R&B maintenance, repair, and construction activities for: native, gravel, and paved surface roads; roadway and roadside drainage structures including wood, metal and concrete bridges and culverts; and traffic control measures including signage, striping, and guardrails.
  • Plans, directs and oversees seasonal maintenance activities such as mowing, tree and brush cutting in summer, and snow plowing, sanding and ice control in winter.
  • Directs and oversees the mining and production of crushed aggregate (gravel) for county road maintenance activities.
  • Directs and oversees the procurement and contracting processes for the acquisition of labor, materials, supplies and services from outside vendors and contractors in compliance with all applicable County policies and procedures.

Managing R&B resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities:

  • Develops and implements the overall staffing plan, and oversees hiring, training, staff development, motivation, evaluation, discipline, termination and other personnel management activities for all permanent and seasonal R&B employees.
  • Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, department policies and procedures, and internal reporting relations; identifies opportunities for improvement; initiates, implements and evaluates changes.
  • Works in concert with the County's Fleet Services Department and Customer Advisory Board on the specification, purchase, lease, maintenance and repair, sale, and replacement of heavy equipment and light duty vehicles utilized by the R&B Department.
  • Manages the facilities of the R&B Department which includes multiple offices/shops/equipment storage sites in various locations throughout the county, and gravel/aggregate mining and processing sites.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Principles and practices of road and bridge asset management.
  • Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive road and bridge maintenance and repair program.
  • Construction methods and materials used in the construction, repair and maintenance of paved and non-paved (native and gravel) roads, bridges and other drainage structures, roadway and roadside drainage systems, and traffic control and road safety systems.
  • Project management, performance measures, and change management processes.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation, cost accounting, and financial management, preferably with experience in local government.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and evaluation of personnel.
  • Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations related to road and bridge activities.
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of mid-level management and line level staff with an emphasis on teamwork.
  • Hire, supervise, develop, coach, encourage, motivate and support employees at all levels of the department with an emphasis on recognizing and building on the strengths of individuals and on the development and maintenance of an effective, satisfying and fulfilling work environment.
  • Lead by example the effective and efficient operations, services, and activities of the R&B Department.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Develop and administer goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and administer budgets at a departmental and project level.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Identify and respond to community issues, concerns and needs.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, predict consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in response to customer feedback or complaints.
  • Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures and techniques to continuously improve service to customers.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


  • Ten years of management experience in public works heavy construction, maintenance, and repair including the construction and maintenance of paved and non-paved roadways, and roadway drainage structures and systems.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • A Bachelors degree in Business, Construction Management or a related field of study from an accredited college or university is desirable, but is not required.

Working Environment/Physical Conditions:

  • Office/field environment; may work in inclement weather conditions and in rough terrain.
  • Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, or walking for prolonged periods of time and operating motorized vehicles.

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