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Recruitment #17-MV5-01


The County of Santa Cruz is recruiting for an Assistant Public Works Superintendent for the Fleet Services Division. Positions in this class manage one of the four divisions in the Department of Public Works which are: Road and Drainage Operations, Sanitation, Fleet Services, and Solid Waste. The current vacancy is in the Fleet Services Division.  

THE JOB: Under direction of the Director of Administrative Services of Public Works, the Fleet Services Manager plans, administers and supervises the Department of Public Works Fleet Services Division activities and software programs. This includes determining work priorities, staff assignments and evaluations, developing contract specifications for equipment and services, preparing cost estimates of labor and equipment, assisting in the preparation and administration of the operating budget, working with State, Federal and local agencies, monitoring and updating preventative maintenance programs and respective software programs associated with fleet equipment, and directing the repair and maintenance of road construction, sanitation, and landfill heavy and light equipment. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current and future vacancies in this subject area during the life of the eligible list.  

Additional tasks performed by Fleet Services assignment: Assist the Director of Administrative Services of Public Works in the direct operation of fleet personnel or repairs to equipment; handle emergency road calls and other problems which may result due to equipment failures; monitor and update preventive maintenance program on fleet equipment to be current with rules and regulations set by Federal, State, and County laws; evaluate repair and service work orders by personnel and verify work completed on time and efficiently.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these would be:  

  • Four years of experience in one or more of the following: road repair, road construction, operation and maintenance of water and sewage treatment plants, maintenance of transmission facilities, collection system maintenance, operation and maintenance of refuse transfer stations or refuse landfill facilities or fleet services operations.
  • At least two years of the qualifying experience must have included supervisory responsibilities.

Special Requirements, Conditions:  

Driver License Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License, and for Fleet Assignment within six months, possession of a valid Class A Driver License.  

Availability to work irregular hours, including responding to twenty-four hour emergency call.  

Alcohol and drug tests: Alcohol and drug tests will be administered to all candidates prior to final selection for positions requiring Class A or B driver licenses upon entry and to employees in positions requiring these licenses, as mandate by Department of Transportation federal regulations. In addition, all candidates must provide specific employment history for up to the past ten years for all jobs they have held which required operation of a commercial motor vehicle.  

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; heights; high levels of noise; strong, unpleasant odors; infections which might cause chronic disease or death; and the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury, exposure to non-ionizing radiation, and contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants.



Medical, Dental, and Vision
Medical coverage is available through CALPERS with the County paying a majority portion of the cost for the employee and dependents. The cost of the dental plan is entirely County-paid for employees and dependents. The County pays for the cost of an employee vision plan and the employee may purchase dependent coverage.        

Retirement and Social Security
Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.        

Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Plan
County paid $50,000 term life insurance policy. Employees may purchase additional life insurance. The County pays for a long term disability plan that pays 66 ⅔% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum benefits.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) In the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) Submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. For application materials, contact County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works Personnel Division, (831) 454-2607. Following a review for minimum qualifications, applicants who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified that they must submit a completed conviction history questionnaire in order to continue to the examination phase of the process.


Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.  

Note: Provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  

The County of Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce.