The County seeks an experienced County Administrator who can provide leadership in finance, economic development, infrastructure, and technology. The County Administrator will need excellent communication and collaboration skills.
Situated in the fertile agricultural lands of Central Kansas, Reno County offers its 62,000 residents the best of both worlds – stunning prairie vistas and a small-town sensibility, alongside a flourishing regional economy, and cultural and entertainment amenities of a 21st century metropolitan area. Reno County is one of the largest counties in Kansas with 31 townships and 15 incorporated cities, including Hutchinson, the largest city and County seat. High-performing schools including a thriving community college and nearby universities, a low cost of living, modest housing costs, an energized civic spirit, and abundant leisure activities combine to make Reno County an enviable community.
Prospective candidates will find more than a decade of stable and progressive leadership has positioned Reno County to contribute to economic growth and quality of life. Prospective candidates will find the County with a strong financial condition and a professional and competent workforce.
Reno County is governed by a three-member Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), with commissioners elected to four-year terms by partisan ballot. The BOCC annually elects a chairman to preside over meetings. Two Commission seats are on the ballot in November of 2020. The current County Administrator has served in the position for eleven years and has announced his retirement, effective December 31.
Reno County provides a full range of services including: law enforcement, community corrections, emergency management, code enforcement, public health, tax administration, property appraisal, recording property transactions, road and bridge, solid waste/recycling, planning and zoning, aging services, juvenile justice, public transportation, and election administration.
General fund expenditures for 2020 are projected at $17,164,636. Expenditures from the Road and Bridge Fund are projected at $6,581,661. Current year outstanding indebtedness is $5,187,225. This year, the County levied 41.686 mills in property taxes and a one cent sales tax that is directed into the general fund. Reno County employs approximately 400 persons full-time. Position has broad responsibilities for budget and finance, purchasing, human resources, department head supervision, and policy research and recommendations. The selected candidate must establish residency within the County.
Successful candidates should organize resume around these qualifications:
Minimum qualifications: 1) three years experience in local government management as a manager/administrator or assistant manager/administrator; 2) a bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field from an accredited university; 3) demonstrable and successful experience in public budgeting and finance; 4) evidence of stable and progressive career advancement; and 5) unblemished record of leading with integrity.
Preferred qualifications: 1) five years experience in county government management as a manager/administrator or assistant manager/administrator; 2) a master’s degree in public administration or related field from an accredited university; 3) direct experience with economic or community development programs; 4) membership in the International City and County Management Association (ICMA); 5) designation as an ICMA Credentialed Manager.