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Going from Private to Public

Going from Private to Public

Going from Private to Public

I am thinking about making the switch to the public sector.  The town I live in will have some turnover in employess due to retirement.  Is it ok for me to go talk to the city about future employment?  They do not have any engineers on staff but I see them needing one when their current Director retires.  The City probably isn't thinking about hiring an engineer for the Director position but with all the new regulations and the city's population increasing I think they will need one.  Thanks for any advice.

RE: Going from Private to Public

What advice are you looking for.  None of us are on the city council and we don't even know where you're at.  The city may or may not see the need for an engineer on staff, and they may or may not think you are qualified--none of that requires random input.  If a director retires or quits, in my town they have a detailed and lengthy process for finding a replacement.  I expect the same is true in most medium sized small towns and larger municipalities.  You might want to familiarize yourself with that process.


RE: Going from Private to Public

The advice I am looking for is it ok for me to talk to city council members and the mayor to get them thinking of hiring an engineer for their next Public Works Director.  I am familar with the hiring process and I know that it will be political.  I am trying to make myself a canidate before the position becomes available.  This town has less than 20,000 people, if that makes any difference.     

RE: Going from Private to Public

maybe you can tell us why you think it would not be ok?

RE: Going from Private to Public

Yes is my answer.  Imagine what happened when the private sector finds out a new Engineer is on board.

B+W Engineering and Design
Los Angeles Civil and Structural Engineering

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