Highway Commissioner

Application Deadline: 2024-04-16
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Summary
Responsible for the development, administration, and direction of a comprehensive range of county-wide services and function in the areas of highway design, construction and maintenance programs; serves as the County Highway Commissioner as set forth in Chapter 83 Wisconsin Statutes; and serves as the County Highway Department Director. This position is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the County Executive, and said appointment is confirmed by the County Board of Supervisors.

Essential Duties
Serves as the department director and directs the department staff.

Advises the County Executive, County Board Chair, County Board, elected and appointed department heads, citizen boards, various committees and commissions on department practices and policy issues.

Serves as the department representative and liaison to state and local government commissions and committees, professional and community groups, elected officials and the general public.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with department staff, representatives of state and local governments, community organizations, and the general public.

Directs the preparation and implementation of the department’s strategic plan including the operational policies, goals, and objectives.

Develops short and long-term work plans, goals and objectives; monitors and reviews implementation of department plans.

Directs the preparation and administration of the department’s operating budget and the authorization and implementation of approved expenditures. Administers cost control measures to ensure efficient operations; eliminates redundant systems; establishes and implements cost measurements to ensure compliance with budget authorizations.

Develops annual work plan, which outlines goals and objectives of the department based on the needs of Brown County; directs and administers the work performed by the department and ensures projects are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Directs the planning and implementing of new highways, bridges, central fleet, and buildings. Evaluates the effectiveness of existing programs and services.

Directs the operational activities for the department. Ensures that comprehensive policies and procedures are developed, implemented and maintained; communicate with department personnel.

Directs the selection, supervision, and evaluation of the department employees and is responsible for the department’s overall direction. Evaluates operational structure, employee development opportunities; administers discipline and grievance procedures, and develops succession plans, working with the Human Resources Department.

Directs the maintenance of statistical, financial, and control records relating to costs, work schedules, supplies, and equipment.

Reviews, investigates, and approves damages and liability claims against the department; testifies as an expert witness in depositions and court proceedings.

Directs the purchasing and monitoring of contracted services and equipment purchases from outside agencies and vendors.

Manages and administers funding including, but not limited to, WisDOT local highway and bridge programs, and other grants.

Manages and administers agreements with and services provided to other departments, municipalities and state agencies.

Manages and administers the engineering and signing division; establishes work schedules and approves highway design and construction plans; reviews and approves all access control, driveway permits, building and sign set-backs, use of highway by utilities, bridge inspections and right-of-way acquisitions.

Manages, administers, and ensures compliance with federal and state regulations and codes; includes environmental standards such as air quality, hazardous material storage and usage, road and facilities construction project impact on wetlands, storm water management, endangered species (plants & animals), historical buildings, archeological, and hazardous materials.

Oversees the real estate site analysis, acquisitions and leases; negotiates and administers leases, contracts and agreements with lessors, lessees and vendors; resolves problems and disputes.


Performs related functions as required.


General office equipment

Computer, software


Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Planning, Architect, Public Administration or related field with seven (7) years of progressively responsible planning, construction, maintenance and repair supervisory experience; or any combination of education and experience that provides the equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.

Registration in the State of Wisconsin as a Professional Engineer or Architect is highly desirable.

Licenses and Certification:

Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of the practices, procedures and tools to effectively manage infrastructure including preventative maintenance, cost-effective replacement and life-cycle costing.

Knowledge of administrative, managerial and supervisory principles and practices including planning, program evaluation, employee supervision and budgeting.

Knowledge in the use of computer software to track, report and analyze infrastructure.

Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of negotiating and conflict resolution.

Knowledge of team building techniques and consensus management.

Ability to analyze among competing needs, make resource allocation judgments and track progress in meeting performance benchmarks.

Ability to develop, implement, direct and evaluate programs covering all areas of the department.

Ability to plan, organize and effectively present ideas, concepts, and recommendations.

Ability to develop, interpret and apply policies and procedures, federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations.

Ability to coordinate, direct, empower, and evaluate staff in widely diverse areas of service.

Ability to persuade establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels within the County, with representatives of governmental agencies, elected officials, and the public.

Ability to work with other governmental jurisdictions, private industry and contractors.

Ability to prepare complex bid specifications, analyze proposals, read blueprints and other drawings, and draft agreements.

Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in critical and/or unexpected situations involving moderate risk to the organization.

Ability to work the required hours of the position.


Lifting 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

Intermittent standing, walking, and sitting; with occasional driving.

Using hand(s)/feet for repetitive single grasping, fine manipulation, pushing and pulling, and operating controls.

Occasional bending, twisting, squatting, climbing, reaching, and grappling.

Communicating orally in a clear manner.

Distinguishing sounds at various frequencies and volumes.

Distinguishing people or objects at varied distances under a variety of light conditions.

Ability to tolerate exposure to adverse environmental conditions, primarily during field inspections, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature, and noise extremes, machinery, and traffic hazards.


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