The City of Hood River is financially sound; meets today’s needs while planning for a sustainable tomorrow with diverse economic, cultural and recreational opportunities; is engaging and responsive, connecting people to people and to our natural beauty; collaborates to preserve the city’s distinctive identity and independence.

Hood River is and will continue to be a regional focus for the advancement and enjoyment of the arts, culture, leisure and recreational activities.

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The City of Hood River operates as a council-manager form of government. Council members are elected at large in an alternating biennial cycle for four-year terms. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. In addition to the City Manager, a City Attorney and Municipal Court Judge are appointed as officers of the city by the City Council.

Hood River administers a $42.2 million all funds budget and has 69.4 full-time equivalent employees. City departments include: Police, Fire, Public Works (includes roads, parks, water, wastewater, and stormwater systems), Planning and Administration, which includes Finance and Municipal Court.

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Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for the Public Works Director position is $93,326 - $114,779 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Hood River offers a competitive benefit package including Medical, Dental and Vision with the City covering 90% of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents. The City grants 11 holidays and one floating holiday along with Vacation, Sick and Administrative Leave. Life and AD&D policies are provided at no cost to the employee and the retirement plan is through PERS. Employees are also eligible to participate in the City’s VEBA Program and establish a Deferrred Compensation Account.


Five (5) or more years of supervisory experience in public works, civil engineering or public administration. A thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works administration along with considerable knowledge of materials, methods and techniques used in construction, maintenance and operations of streets, sewers, storm, water, facilities, fleet and parks are essential.

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Environmental Science or other related field is required. A registered Professional Engineer is highly desired.