City Manager Search

Job Description

The City of Starke is in the northeast region of Florida and is known for its beautiful freshwater lakes and strawberries. It is 25 miles north of the City of Gainesville, (home to the university of Florida) and is an area that overflows with hospitality, historical landmarks, and managed wildlife areas. With a population of 5,411 and covering 7.21 square miles, it has a small-town residential atmosphere and a central business district with many unique shops.

The Commission is made up of a Mayor, elected annually from the City Commission and 4 commission members with 4-year terms. They are seeking an individual that has the ability to work in a unique City that includes 72 full time employees along with an elected Police Chief and elected City Clerk. The City Clerk also serves as the City Treasurer. For this reason, the City Manager must have strong interpersonal skills to cooperate and assist both the Police Chief and City Clerk on financial and personnel matters.

The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the City Commission and is appointed by a majority vote for a term fixed by an employment agreement not to exceed 3 years. The City Manager is required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university with a degree or major course work in public administration, business administration, or a closely related field. He or she must have a minimum of 5 years work experience as a top-level municipal or public sector administrator. Within 12 months of appointment, the City Manager’s residence must be within Bradford County.

The City Manager, with the exception of the Police Department and City Clerk’s office, supervises departments of the city and is responsible to the City Commission for the implementation of the Commission’s policies and procedures. The Manager has oversight of city departments including Public Works, Utilities (including a gas and electric system), Fire, Parks and Recreation, Planning, purchasing, and Human Resources.

The successful candidate must be able to foster effective Commission relations, have strong communications and people skills, treat others with respect, embrace cultural diversity, and have the ability to recruit a professional and responsive staff. The successful candidate also must have strong public utilities, budgeting, computer skills, and keep up with current projects and keep the commission informed.

Major challenges the new City Manager is expected to address include establishing teamwork with elected and appointed staff, replacing aging water and sewer infrastructure, constructing a new waste treatment plant, monitoring two DOT highway projects, establishing an effective code enforcement process, working with the City Attorney on updating city ordinances, and removing dilapidated structures.

The City Commission will provide a competitive salary and benefits. The starting salary will be between $80,000-$100,000, depending on qualifications. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with a salary history and at least 6 work related references to the City Clerk, City of Starke, ATTN: City Manager Candidate, 209 N Thompson Street, Starke, Florida, 32091. Applications are due by June 7, 2021. Applications may be e-mailed to For more information refer to the City Manager Profile on the City Web site at

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