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City of Abilene faces stiff competition for commercial drivers from booming oil field industry

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:14:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 03:46:50 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

The city of Abilene is having a difficult time finding drivers with their Commercial Drivers License.

Megan Santee, Director of Public Works, said the city has a high turnover in its Street and Maintenance Services department.

The city is looking to fill at least 12 spots. In the last six to nine months, the city says finding drivers with their CDL has been a challenge.

The reason? It could be because of the high demand for workers in the oil fields. The recent Cline Shale activity to out west could play a factor.

"We know that we've got increase in competition from the oil field industry right now,” Santee said. “They're certainly hiring more commercial drivers and so that decreases are applicant pool.”

But more pay didn’t stop one city employee from leaving. James Bradshaw has been working in the Street and Maintenance Services Department for nineteen years.

"I like working for the city because it's got great benefits,” Bradshaw said. “It's like a big family."

Bradshaw also said he enjoys the hours and having weekends off.

"We’re compensated well for what we do,” Bradshaw said. “I mean you add our benefits to that you really can't beat it.”

If you are interested in applying for a CDL you can do so by clicking this link: Texas DMV website.