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Public Utilities Director

Public Utilities Director 

County Manager’s Office 

Nassau County Board of County Commissioners

96135 Nassau Place, Suite 5 

Yulee, FL 32097


Nassau County is 726 square miles of natural beauty located in the northeast corner of Florida along the Atlantic Ocean and Interstate 95. With 13 miles of pristine beaches, hundreds of miles of rivers, historic downtown Fernandina Beach, and an expanding economy. The combination of rich history, rural charm, natural resources, quality-of-life, and proximity to strategic installations provides Nassau County with unparalleled potential. Part of the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, Nassau County has a population of 91,113 and a regional population of 1.6 million, the Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) estimates that Nassau County grew by 4.92% last year ranking as the 4th fastest-growing county, by percent growth, in Florida [2nd among counties with a population of at least 80,000]. BEBR predicts Nassau County will be the sixth fastest-growing county in the State of Florida over the next 10 years with a projected population expansion of 33% resulting in over 121,600 people calling Nassau County home.


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Highly responsible professional and managerial position providing direct support to the County Manager on various utility related programs, services, delivery models, and planning Primarily external facing, to include coordination with County staff, the Board of County Commissioners, citizens, current/potential utility providers, and industry groups related to various public utilities affairs issues and capital planning, construction, financing, and maintenance.    Expected to actively participate, coordinate, lead, and advocate for high quality & sustainable long-range planning of utility infrastructure operations throughout the county that are in the best long-term interest of Nassau County and its residents. Expected to possess an advanced ‘feel for the whole’ and be capable of effectively articulating the impact utility implementation and operation has on economic development, fiscal sustainability, conservation, urban form, local government, and the day-to-day quality of life for both current and future community members. Works directly with County leadership and department staff in the coordination of land-use planning, capital programing, utility planning, contract and agreement execution, and governmental relationships with the utility providers, developers, and other community members. 

Under limited supervision, will be engaged with governmental relations and performs and/or plans, schedules, coordinates, monitors, and reviews the interlocal and franchise agreements, and legislative requirements of the public and private utility providers (including Nassau Amelia Utility, JEA, Okefenokee Rural Electric, Florida Public Utility, Florida Power & Light, etc.) as they may impact Nassau County.  

Under limited supervision provide leadership, management, and supervision of contract utility services throughout the County.

Maintain working knowledge of current regulatory standards and proactively stay abreast of emerging trends and legislation that may impact Nassau county and ratepayers. 

Stay abreast of trends and best practices related to long range utility planning, system and right of way maintenance, utility administration and customer service goals. 

Serves as the utility interface with citizen groups, development community, industry groups, regional and local utility providers, State/Federal Agencies and others.   

Assists in developing, directing, coordinating and advising on utility administration, policy, operations, capital and service delivery activities.

Directs and performs the investigation and resolution of complaints and concerns related to utility operations and activities as assigned and upon request; identifies and initiates solutions to major issues involving policy, service delivery and organizational changes and direction.

Evaluates and analyzes policies and procedures and recommends development of new policies and/or revisions to current policies, ensuring compliance with County, State and Federal policies, guidelines, rules, regulations and laws.

Identifies, researches, and develops courses of action and coordinates wide-range work programs and activities with County departments, outside agencies and organizations.

Performs a variety of highly analytic and strategic organizational reviews to support decision making by the County Manager and elected officials.

Works with supervisor, other County employees, subordinates, and members of the public to resolve County issues with tact, customer service and in compliance with County goals and objectives.

Interacts and effectively communicates with various groups and individuals such as County Manager, Board of County Commissioners, Constitutional Officers, other County employees, various other Local, State and Federal agencies, personnel in other jurisdictions, vendors, consultants, contractors, business/property owners, citizens, and other utility providers.

  • Ensures effective construction, maintenance, repair and operation of the County’s water distribution and wastewater collection systems and facilities, including mains, service lines, fire hydrants, valves, pump stations, sewage lift stations, and related facilities.
  • Provides long-range utility planning in coordination with the County's planning department and utility providers operating in Nassau County.
  • Manages, monitors and enforces contracts, agreements, and inter-local agreements with government partners.
  • Engages actively in State/Federal rule making that may impact the provision of public utilities in Nassau County.
  • Works with the County lobbyist, State legislatures, and agency heads on behalf of Nassau County
  • Prepare and provide reports to the County Manager and elected officials.
  • Reviews plans on new utilities construction and modifications to existing infrastructure.
  • Prepares recommendations and reports regarding the construction and maintenance of major projects.
  • Develops, implements and monitors short- and long-range objectives and monitors performance.
  • Reviews and evaluates products, methods and procedures.
  • Inspects and evaluates work being performed by staff, contractors, and other utility agencies; identifies problem areas and proposes corrective action.
  • Responds to inquiries and complaints from the public and other departments; attends meetings with other departments, County staff, public groups, and other utility providers.
  • Assists with the preparation of the annual budget and Capital Improvement Program for NAU.
  • Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, co-workers, County personnel, contractors, developers, consultants, industry/business representatives, property owners, various other Governmental agencies, vendors and the general public.
  • Operates a vehicle and a variety of equipment which may include a computer, fax machine, copier, calculator, telephone, two-way radio, camera, etc;
  • Attends required meetings, conferences, training courses and seminars to maintain knowledge of industry trends and technology.
  • Performs a variety of routine office duties as required, which may include but are not limited to answering the telephone, preparing reports and correspondence, entering computer data, copying and filing documents, etc.
  • Performs related duties as required.


(These essential functions are not a complete statement of all duties required of the job. Employees will be required to perform such other related job duties as may be assigned or required.)

Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public or Business Administration, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a related field and ten (10) years of related experience or a Master’s Degree with eight (8) years of related experience. Requires a minimum of six years of supervisory/management experience. Candidates possessing an equivalent combination of education and training may also be considered.  Advanced professional certification is highly desirable. Advanced professional certification and previous work as a high-level manager is preferred.  Preference will be given to candidates with local government experience in the State of Florida.  May require a valid State Driver’s License. 

The range for this position is $110,806.49 - $168,604.43. The County provides a comprehensive benefits program and participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) and has a 3% employee contribution requirement. Voluntary supplemental 457 deferred compensation retirement is also available. For additional benefit information, visit:

Nassau County is a Drug Free Workplace & Equal Opportunity Employer; Nassau County values the service veterans and their family members have given to our country and that the County supports the hiring of returning service members, military spouses, and their family members as such this position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference in accordance with applicable laws.

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Job Type : Full-Time

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