Job Opening – City Manager

Charlotte, MI (pop. 9,088).  The City of Charlotte is the county seat of Eaton County, Michigan.  The city is a traditional downtown community with a dynamic city council ready to work with its next Manager to enhance the quality life of the community.  Charlotte is known for its comfortable blend of small town living with easy access to major highways, the State Capital, and Michigan State University.

Charlotte has operated as a council-manager government since the adoption of the current charter in 1962. The seven-member City Council is made up of a Mayor elected at large for a two-year term and six Council members elected for staggered four-year terms.  Two members of the Council are elected at large; the remaining four members are elected from the City’s two districts.  The next City Manager will have an opportunity to work closely with an innovative City Council, five of the seven who have been elected/appointed since November 2019.

An important responsibility of the City Manager is to prepare and administer the annual budget and manage the finances of the community, including developing recommendations regarding pension funding and capital improvement plans.  Charlotte is a full-service city, departments include police, fire, clerk, economic development, treasury, assessing and public works (streets, parks, water, sanitary sewer and recycling).  The city has approximately 48 full-time and 12 part-time/seasonal employees.  In 2019, the city’s governmental activities expenditures were $7.9 million and its water, sewer and recycling expenditures was $3.6 million, for total expenditures of $11.5 million.

The city is most interested in individuals who have strong leadership, facilitation, prioritization skills and who will embrace a fast-paced work environment.  Ideal candidates will have a proven track record in administration, finance, economic development, code enforcement and community-wide communication.  Recently, the community completed a “Vision 2025” strategic plan focusing on seven elements of healthy communities and is currently working with a consulting firm on an operation and financial analysis.  The next Manager will have an excellent opportunity to guide the implementation of the strategic plan and the recommendations of the operation/finance analysis.  Individuals are encouraged to apply who can think strategically and focus on the city’s long-term goals, while being willing to be innovative to address the current needs of the city.

Candidates are required to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field; Master’s Degree in Public Administration or related discipline is preferred.
  • Five or more years of progressively more responsible municipal management experience, preferably as a City Manager and/or Assistant Manager; or other professional experience comparable to this requirement.

Starting salary is $95,000 – $115,000, dependent on qualification and experience (DOQE).

Apply with resume, cover letter, contact information and five (5) professional references by November 12, 2020.  Any questions or inquiries regarding the position can be made to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062, www.govHRJobs.com, Tel: (o) 847-380-3240.  Charlotte is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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