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City Manager leads a committed staff of more than 300 employees. The
City provides municipal services including public safety; community
development & redevelopment; public works; community services,
including parks, recreation, youth, disability and senior services;
human resources; information technology; and a sanitation/solid waste
collection division. The selected
candidate will be an inclusive and communicative
leader with excellent
administration skills, and a collaborative management style.
administers all departments, agencies, and offices of the City to
achieve goals within available resources; appoints, removes and
evaluates management staff directly and other staff indirectly;
reviews operational progress and directs changes as needed.
and procedures for the City in order to implement directives from
the City Council
Directs and evaluates
the long-range operational needs of the City with respect to
equipment, personnel, and services; directs the implementation of
such plans across departments.
formulation and enforcement of all City rules, regulations, and
procedures in accordance with applicable City polices; handles
grievances, maintains discipline and the general conduct of all City
coordinates the preparation and presentation of the annual City
budget; oversees the expenditure of City appropriations; evaluates
the need for and recommends staffing levels and the purchase of new
equipment, supplies, and services.
development and implementation of growth management, land use,
economic development, and other community development programs and
services to meet the City's needs pursuant to adopted plans,
regulations and budgets.
preparation of monthly reports to the City Council regarding the
activities of all departments and supervises a variety of other
reports as appropriate.
and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the profession;
represents the City in a variety of local, county, state and other
Knowledge, Skills &
Thorough knowledge of
the principles and practices of effective supervision and
administration; thorough knowledge of modern policies and practices
of public administration; considerable knowledge of municipal
finance, human resources, community and economic development, public
works, and public safety operations.
Skill in planning,
directing, and administering municipal programs and services; skill
in operating the listed tools and equipment.
Ability to efficiently
and effectively administer a municipal government; ability to
analyze the effectiveness of City operations, to diagnose its
problems, and to correlate its development with changing conditions
within the community; ability to effectively supervise staff;
ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
with employees, City officials, consultants, other governmental
agency representatives and the general public; ability to
communicate effective orally and in writing.
have the management experience and skills for a City Manager. Make
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Tell us about yourself and
what interests you in the City Manager position?
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Tell us about your
What do you see as the role of city government in
keeping the cost of government down while providing essential services
The citizens are diverse and are very involved in this
community with many different perspectives. Have you ever been in a
position where two people wanted you to take opposite positions on the
Please tell me about one mistake you made in a previous
job and how you handled it.
What do you think you bring to this job that others
Do you consider your management style to be most like a
commander or a coach?
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In this job every day is different, and even though you
have a to-do list for the day, a telephone call or e-mail can change
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Thank you for your time today. Before we conclude, do
you have any additional information regarding your qualifications for
Do you have questions you would like to ask the council
members present today?
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