Welcome to NOSDA

The Northern Ohio Service Directors Association’s main goal is to promote cooperation and build productive working relationships between municipalities. We strive to continually enhance member knowledge of Public Works by providing related training and keeping up with new technologies.

Join us to start networking with service directors throughout Northeastern Ohio!


Young Tree Training Workshop Schedule

While this is a free event an RSVP IS REQUIRED!  This allows our hosts to plan for the number of people who will be attending.  You can make your reservation by calling me at 440-591-8914, you can leave a voice mail or you can e-mail me at or reply to this e-mail.

Research shows that properly pruning young shade trees will greatly increase their health, beauty and longevity.  Research also indicates that improper pruning will destroy the young tree and prevent it from ever becoming a mature specimen.

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Leaf Humus

Orange Village has leaf humus available – free upon request.  Click here to place an order on-line at

Job Openings

When your municipality is looking for qualified applicants, NOSDA can help.

We are happy to post your job openings on our website, and include the notice in our monthly newsletters.

Send your information to Bob Girardi, Secretary/Treasurer.  Please notify NOSDA when the position has been filled so we can remove the post.

Cuyahoga County – Department of Public Works – Now Hiring: Chief Deputy Maintenance

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The City of Norton – a chartered city of 12,085 people located in Summit County has an immediate opening and is currently taking applications to fill the Administrative Officer position. This position is appointed by the Mayor and must be confirmed by City Council.  The Administrative Officer functions as the Director for most city operations, such as Safety, Service and Personnel. This position is open until filled. For more information regarding the Administrative Officer position and the City of Norton, please visit:

Click here for: City of Norton Administrative Officer Home Page

Click here for: City of Norton Job Application

Send cover letter, application, resume, and three references to:

Mayor Mike Zita

City of Norton

4060 Columbia Woods Drive

Norton, Ohio, 44203

or email to:

City of Euclid


                                                                    Job Posting


Job Title:           Traffic Signal Technician – Traffic Maintenance (49)

Department:       Public Service (25)

Status:                 A. Classified B. Nonexempt – FLSA


Job Summary:   Responsible for the installation, repair and maintenance of municipal traffic signals and devices.  Works under the immediate direction of the Superintendent.


Job Duties:


     –      Install and maintain traffic signals and controllers.

     –      Cut traffic signal loops; test conflict monitors.

–      Repair damaged signal equipment.

     –      Maintain records of work performed at traffic intersections.

     –      Establish timing for intersections.

     –      Testify in court on matters relating to traffic signals.

     –      Perform other related duties as required.


(The description above represents the most significant duties of this position but does not exclude other occasional work assignments not mentioned, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the factor degrees assigned.)


Work Environment:   Heavy work (exerting up to 100 lbs of force occasionally); indoor/outdoor.  Subject to hazards: moving mechanical parts, electric current, water, chemicals; atmospheric conditions: fumes, odors, dust, gases; occasional exposure to below 32 degree F temperatures, noise and vibration.  Physical activity: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping and feeling.   Repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and fingers.


Requirements:   High school graduate or GED certificate. Valid commercial driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.  Knowledge of pre-time, solid state, micro processing traffic controllers. Ability to express or exchange ideas and instructions accurately and clearly. IMSA Work Zone Safety, Traffic Signal Level I and II Certifications.

The City of Euclid does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.


Applications can be obtained from the Receptionist or online; resume and cover letter can be submitted online to Current employees please use an Internal Application. 


Contact:  Dan Knecht                                                                           Full time/ M-F

               (216)289-8345                                                                       Pay Rate $26.68           


The City of Garfield is accepting applications.   Click for Details

The City of Willoughby is seeking a Public Service Director.  This is a full time position that will report directly to the Mayor.  The position will be responsible for managing the service and maintenance functions for the City’s streets, sewers, cemeteries, public buildings, vehicles, traffic control and sanitary sewer facility. The qualified candidate must possess a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, (preferably Civil) or equivalent public service experience.  Strong supervisory experience in service operations and administration with an emphasis on leadership, communications and customer service skills are a must. Interested candidate should send a resume and salary history to Human Resources Department, Willoughby City Hall, 1 Public Square, Willoughby, OH 44094 by November 30, 2017. Refer to  for more details




RESPONSIBILITY:  Under the general administrative direction of the Mayor, serves as the department head for the Public Service Department. The Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction to all divisions of public service including clerical, buildings and grounds, traffic, cemetery, street, sewer, storm water and wastewater treatment within the City by establishing goals and objectives within the policy directives set forth by the Mayor and City Council and in guiding division supervisors in developing and implementing procedures to accomplish departmental goals and objectives.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:  (These are examples only.  Any employee may be required to perform other duties in an emergency, or for short periods of time when substituting for another worker who is on authorized leave without any change in title or rate of pay.)

Establishes goals and objectives for the Department to ensure compliance with City Council policy directives and any applicable local, state or federal laws, rules and regulations. Provides guidance to supervisors in the development and implementation of operating policies and procedures to accomplish departmental goals and objectives and ensure safety of staff and public.

Plans, coordinates and evaluates the activities, programs and services of the Department to ensure their effective and efficient operation and quality service to the community including overseeing and/or developing contracts and funding methods necessary for implement plans.

Supervises the activities of technical staff and subordinate supervisors responsible for a division of the Department.  This includes delegation of authority, assignment and review of work, providing assistance, administering discipline, evaluating performance and making hiring, termination and pay change recommendations.

Develops, recommends and monitors the Department budget including the incorporation of individual division budgets and capital expenditures by reviewing past expenditures, analyzing future needs and making determinations regarding the necessary resources to accomplish departmental goals and meet community needs.  Approves expenditures to ensure compliance with budgetary guidelines.

Prepares a variety of reports and correspondence and reviews documents prepared by staff relating to departmental activities, direction, accomplishments, and compliance with federal, state and local rules and regulations.

Represents the Department at City Council and other meetings and to present the Department’s plans and accomplishments and to provide technical assistance and recommendations regarding the development and implementation of programs, projects, policies, etc.

Responds to residents, businesses and contractors requests, concerns and issues and determines appropriate resolutions to maintain positive community relations for the Department and the City.


Oversees Public Service Department Safety Program including participating in all safety committee meetings, working with members of the safety committee to develop, implement and periodically review safety procedures for updates to ensure daily  the safe operation of equipment and the safety of all employees and private citizens.

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


  • Knowledge governmental administrative procedures and practices such as budgeting, purchasing and policy formulation.
  • Comprehension of the functions and operations of a large municipal public service department.
  • Familiarity of all local, state and federal rules, regulations and codes relating to public works, construction and maintenance projects and operation of facilities (i.e. wastewater treatment).
  • Solid understanding of human resource practices such as training, delegation, discipline, etc.
  • Strong leadership and management skills to coordinate the diverse activities of separate operating units towards the achievement of common goals.
  • Possess public relations skills and is capable of putting those techniques and tools into action as needed.
  • Skill in information analysis and problem solving to assess large amounts of information and formulate decisions.
  • Adept at communication including persuasive communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with City Council, other municipal officials, coworkers, staff, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.


Bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field and five or more years of progressively responsible experience in administering public works projects, three or more years of which was in a supervisory capacity or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


We need your input. 

When accidents occur, how do you determine when to perform drug tests?

Is the dollar amount of damage to property or equipment a deciding factor?  Do you automatically test whenever an accident occurs?

Please send  your feedback to Bob Girardi.

Membership in NOSDA is open to:

  • The chief service representative of each city and village in the Northern part of Ohio, and surrounding territory.
  • Associate Members (Non-Municipal)
  • Retirees

Members must renew their membership and pay dues each year on January 1st. For your convenience, we provide a printable forms for:

* Please click here to read the By-Laws  for complete information on membership eligibility and dues.

Municipal Membership
Retiree Membership
Associate Membership

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November 2017

November 2017 Newsletter   Christmas Party     Last Month’s Meeting The November meeting was an evening social sponsored by NOSDA.  We would like to thank Diane Bickett for organizing this event.  It was very [...]

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October 2017

October 2017 Newsletter October Meeting The October meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at 11:30 at Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. (off Rockside Road), Independence. The meeting will be sponsored by [...]

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August 2017

August 2017 Newsletter   August Meeting   The August meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 9th at 11:30 at Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. (off Rockside Road), Independence.  The meeting will [...]

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June 2017

Equipment Show Show Date:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Location:  LaVera Party Center, 32200 Chardon Rd. Willoughby Hills, OH  44094   Show Time:  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch Served:  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. [...]

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May 2017

Save the Date May Meeting The May meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10th at 11:30 am at Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. (off Rockside Road), Independence. The meeting [...]

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April 2017

April Meeting The April meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 12th at 11:30 am at Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. (off Rockside Road), Independence. The meeting is sponsored by The Garland Company. [...]

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N.O.S.D.A. is building its own library of educational videos about Public Works. The following instructional videos and books are now available to members. Please contact Bob Girardi, City of Pepper, at (216) 896-6149, or  to request materials.

Small Fleet
Management in Public Works – VideoMotivating
Public Works Employees – VideoPrivatizing
Public Works Services – Video

Everything You Need to Know to Be a Public Works Director – Guidebook

Demonstrating the Value of Your Fleet Management Program Guidebook, CD-ROM included

Countering Disaster “Before It Strikes” – CD-ROM

Knowing Your Costs: Maintaining a Competitive Edge in Fleet Management – Video / CD-ROM

Top Ten Performance Measures for Fleet Managers – Guidebook

Managing Public Equipment – Manual

Vehicle Replacement Guide – Guidebook

One Hundred Years of Public Works Equipment: An Illustrated History – Booklet w/ Video

Public Works Management Practices – Manual

SUPERVISION: Conflict Solving for the New Supervisor – CD-ROM

Leadership in the New Age of Public Works with John Luthy – CD-ROM

Snow Removal Techniques: Plowing Tips from the Pros – Video

Snow Removal In Safety – Video

Salt Management Guide – CD-ROM

The Basics of Snow and Ice Control – Manual

Developing and Effective Snow and Ice Program – CD-ROM

Salt Brine: Breaking Snow and Ice Bonds on Your Pavement – CD-ROM