City Manager Job Description

This is a high level administrative and professional position. The City Manager is responsible for managing all functions of the city and responsible for the implementation of policy as adopted by the City Commission. The person in this position serves at the pleasure of the City Commission and is responsible for directing and supervising the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the city, except the City Clerk, the Chief of Police, and otherwise provided by the City Charter, State or Federal Law.


  1. Manages and supervises all departments, agencies and offices of the city to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workload and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned
  2. Provides leadership and direction in the development of short term and long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as
  3. Provides professional advice to the City Commission and department heads; makes presentations to committees, boards, commissions, civic groups, and to the general public.
  4. Communicates official plans, policies, and procedures of the City Commission to staff and the general
  5. Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities, monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned areas to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, material, facilities, and
  6. Maintains community respect through good public relations; meets with residents and citizens groups to discuss problems and complaints concerning city operations and refers matters to appropriate employees for
  7. Directs media relations’
  8. Recommends selection; promotion, discharge, and other appropriate personnel
  9. Supervises and directs the operations of the city’s electrical, natural gas, water, and wastewater utilities and other public

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


  1. Graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree or major in public administration, business administration or closely related
  2. A minimum of five (5) years-experience as a top level municipal or public sector administrator.


  1. A master’s degree in public administration or certification as a public manager
  2. Electrical utility administration and other public utilities experience


  1. Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, including municipal finance and budgeting, accounting, purchasing, risk management, community development block grant, human resources, public works, and public
  2. Thorough knowledge of the operation of municipal utilities and public
  3. Ability to work effectively with elected officials, department heads and representatives of other agencies, other city employees, the news media, and the general
  4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in
  5. Thorough knowledge of municipal organization and department functions, staffing, and operating
  6. Thorough knowledge of charter provisions, ordinances, and state laws governing the administration of city
  7. Thorough knowledge of government budget and finance procedures and assisting City Clerk with municipal

This will involve a formal application, rating of education and experience, and an oral interview. A thorough background investigation will be conducted by the City Commission, including former employment, references, credit check, criminal background check, and drug screen prior to offer of employment.