Zach Wilkinson

A search is underway to find a new public works director for Gallatin.

Members of the Gallatin City Council were informed last month that current Public Works Director Zach Wilkinson had submitted his letter of resignation to the city.

“I’ve had some other opportunities come up and… I have made the decision to go a different route than the city,” Wilkinson told city leaders Jan. 12. “I do want to make sure this council knows how much I appreciate the time here and the opportunities the city has given me.

“I can’t say enough about the staff at public works along with all the other city departments and what a true blessing it has been to get to work with all of those men and women, everybody on this council, all of the department heads and everybody.”

Wilkinson has served as the city’s public works director since 2015. Prior to that, he had worked as a project engineer with the city’s engineering department since 2008.

While Wilkinson will be working in the private sector in Gallatin after leaving the city, he told officials last month that he would do “whatever I can to make that transition as seamless as possible.”

The city launched a search for a new public works director on Jan. 13 and will be accepting applications for a minimum of 30 days, according to Connie Flood, human resources director for the city. Applications will then be screened for minimum qualifications before they are sent to an expert panel for consideration.

There is no timeline for when interviews with finalists could take place or when the panel could make a recommendation to the city council regarding who they believe should be hired, Flood added.

Wilkinson’s last day with the city is set for Feb. 17.

“I was not happy that Mr. Wilkinson has decided to leave the city, but I certainly do wish him well and recognize all that he has done,” Mayor Paige Brown said last month. “He has been a great leader and I know you will do very well as you pursue your future endeavors.”