City of Ripon is currently accepting applications for the position of Utility Manager. The Utility Manager is responsible for the operation of the water and sewer departments, including oversight of eight (8) full-time staff members, that services the city of approximately 7,833 residents. The city is seeking an energetic leader with excellent communication skills, project implementation experience and a passion for public service.

Starting Salary Range: $75,000 – $85,000; Depends on Qualifications.

Benefits: Wisconsin Retirement System; Health Insurance; Dental Insurance; Vision Insurance; Life Insurance; Vacation/Sick/Personal/Holiday Paid Time Off; Flexible Spending for Health and Dependent Care; Deferred Compensation Retirement 457 Plan

Full Position Description

Position Summary:

This is a highly responsible administrative position that performs supervisory and administrative work in directing and coordinating the activities and operations of the City of Ripon water and sewer utility. This position requires the ability to prioritize, plan, direct and supervise the operation of the City’s utilities in accordance with requirements and standards established by regulatory agencies to ensure the well-being and protection of city residents. The Utility Manager reports to the City Administrator and works collaboratively with other city department heads on special projects and other city initiatives.

Examples of Work:

  • Coordinates, oversees, and participates in the efficient operation of the water and sewer/wastewater systems.
  • Prepares and administers annual operating budget in coordination with the City Administrator.
  • Assists the City Administrator with the with long-range capital improvement planning.
  • Directs and supervises utility employees, including participating in the recruitment and selection of employees.
  • Monitors the daily condition and performance of the utility.
  • Coordinates all departmental purchases and supplies as needed.
  • Maintains accurate inventory and control of supplies owned and used by the utility.
  • Is responsible for the required programs to comply with the required standards from the DNR and PSC.
  • Works directly with the DNR, PSC, and other state agencies on matters of utility oversight.
  • Implements and monitors plans to protect the city water and sewer facilities from the intrusion of environmentally damaging influences.
  • Institutes new practices and comprehensive policies and procedures for the utility.
  • Prepares and implements a preventive maintenance program and directs the maintenance of the collection system, distribution system, and utility facilities.
  • Assists industries and other users in dealing with special water and sewer needs or problems.
  • Provides first response to water and sewer customers questions and complaints except for billing issues.
  • Coordinates meter readings and billing.
  • Schedules and participates in the inspection and maintenance of all mains, hydrants, valves, manholes, lift stations, service laterals, etc. in the system.
  • Is “On Call” for and deals with emergency situations within the system.
  • Works with hired engineers and consultants to address complex utility projects and issues.
  • Keeps the Fire Chief fully advised on the condition and operation of all hydrants and serviced related to fire protection.
  • Keeps the City Administrator advised on the condition and operation of the utility system.
  • Perform related duties as assigned by the City Administrator.

Required Knowledge, Skill, and Ability:

  • Possess extensive knowledge of water system operation, distribution, water treatment processes and equipment.
  • Possess comprehensive knowledge of modern wastewater treatment practices.
  • Possess ability to operate a complex wastewater treatment facility within established limits.
  • Possess ability to manage large-scale capital plans and projects.
  • Possess ability to fine-tune and troubleshoot processes and equipment.
  • Possess strong administrative and management abilities.
  • Possess ability to carry out policies as directed.
  • Possess aptitude and desire for continued education.
  • Possess positive customer service attitude and ability.
  • Possess ability to cooperate, communicate, and work well with fellow employees.

Experience and Training:

  • Five (5) years of supervisory experience in the water and wastewater fields.
  • Computer skills including but not limited to SCADA, GIS, and general operations.
  • An Associate Degree in the water and wastewater fields is desirable. Other acceptable experience and education include, graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with major course work in natural resources or a closely related field, and/or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skill, and ability.
  • DNR Water and Wastewater Operator Certifications and Licensure preferred.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an

employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, carry, twist, crouch; talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, or smell, and may be required to work in high places. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee must be able to adjust from one schedule to another at short notice and be able to maintain attention to task in overtime situations. Ability to work under adverse weather conditions.

Environmental Adaptability:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions; regularly walks over uneven terrain such as construction sites; near heavy construction equipment and trucks during site inspection work. The noise level in the office work environment is generally low, however, exposure to very loud noises may occur during the inspection of construction sites as well as being exposed to fumes and airborne particles.

To Apply:       Visit for application information and job description.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, Background Authorization Form, and five work related references to Adam Sonntag, City Administrator, at, or mail to/drop off in person at: City of Ripon, Attn: Utility Manager Application, 100 Jackson St., Ripon, WI 54971.

The initial deadline for applications is July 9, 2021. The opportunity will remain open and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The City of Ripon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Questions? Contact Adam Sonntag, City Administrator at (920)748-4914 or