CITY OF WEED, CALIFORNIA
A NEW DAWN IS BREAKING OVER THE CITY OF WEED
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The historic City of Weed (population 3,000) was named after the community’s founder, Abner Weed, a pioneer of its early lumber industry. The City is nestled on the northwest slope of magnificent Mount Shasta, along the Interstate 5 corridor at its strategic junction with Highway 97, within the 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, and nearby the Pacific Crest Trail, all of which make it an attractive location for siting major transportation facilities.
WHY WEED? AND WHY NOW?
Well into its second century as a community, Weed incorporated as a City on January 25, 1961. It has successfully weathered the lumber industry decline in this region, and the 2008 “Great Recession.” Undaunted and resolute, Weed has continued its successful transition from its historic lumber town roots and recent economic challenges. It’s redefining, repositioning, and diversifying itself economically to a vibrant tourism and transportation-based economy. A politically stable community, Weed has only had 2 City Managers over the past 20 years. The City is again seeking new management and leadership to help sustain its pace and trajectory into Weed’s promising future. The City Manager position represents an excellent professional opportunity for the successful candidate to make a significant difference in advancing the City.
Weed continues to offer a unique, distinctive, unparalleled small-town quality of life, enhanced by the active involvement and creativity of its residents. It is also one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse small towns in the nation. When Weed’s sense of community was tested by its destructive Boles Fire in 2014, both the City and community rose to the occasion, during and following its significant recovery efforts, and have since come even closer together, further strengthening community ties in the wake of that shared tragedy.
Highlighted by Mount Shasta’s stunning close proximity, Weed’s location among pristine lakes, rushing rivers and wilderness brings a wide array of the best year-round 4-season outdoor recreational opportunities that Northern California and Southern Oregon can offer. These include downhill, Nordic and backcountry skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, cycling, running, and golf. A Tony Hawke designed skateboard park and other sports venues and family parks are also locally available. Weed is also known for its wildlife and landscape photography, painting, and other artistic expressions, and the spirituality long associated with the region by many residents and visitors from around the world.
With median quality home prices of $175,000, Weed remains affordable and livable. Excellent schools, medical facilities, plus a myriad of exceptional entertainment, cultural events, and family recreational activities are available throughout the year. Weed’s College of the Siskiyous is an expanding resource and presence in the community, with which the City is fostering a growing partnership. The region also offers multiple other quality community resources and programs such as Mercy Medical Center in nearby Mt. Shasta, a new Community Center, Library, and a new Conference Center (currently schedule for construction in 2020/2021). Other highlights include the Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum, its quaint historic downtown, a local micro brewery that capitalizes on the City’s name (e.g., Weed Ale), and a growing cannabis industry.
THE CITY AND THE CHALLENGES
With the exception of the Weed Recreation and Parks District, the City of Weed (population 2,800) is a full-service City, with 30 full time employees and over 9 part time employees and volunteers. As baseline policy and management foundations, the City also has in place fundamental up to date planning frameworks of its 2017 General Plan and 2018 Resiliency Plan. In order to continue on the City’s present track of organizational improvement and community progress, the 5-member Weed City Council is extending an invitation of a long-term mutual commitment with its next City Manager. The new City Manager will also help clarify, prioritize, and ultimately achieve the immediate and long range goals of the City and community The Manager will also be actively engaged in building community unity around the City’s “open for business” Main Street initiative to restore its vibrancy and open the way for greater commerce for locals and tourists. It is also critical that the new Manager focus on coalescing and “orchestrating” the management team into a close-knit, self confident, coherent whole that will ever keeps its eye on the future. The Manager will also effectively participate in such local and regional partnerships as the Siskiyou Economic Development Council and the College of the Siskiyous and represent the City in various intergovernmental relations.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The City is seeking a Manager who is forward thinking, innovative and visionary, and as flexible and adaptable as circumstances and situations may require. A facilitator and leader within both the City organization and the community, able to cultivate and sustain greater cohesion and commitment within both. Skilled in developing, openly sharing and evaluating options, mentoring City Council in making decisions, fostering increased community trust and confidence, and recognizing and creating new opportunity while still respecting, preserving and building on the City’s historic traditions. Demonstrated experience and capability to manage the planning, financing and implementation of major infrastructure construction projects (including water, wastewater, and roads). Ability to effectively seek, write, acquire and manage various utility planning and construction grants a must.
The new Manager will possess strong management capabilities, and other highly desirable strengths such as a collaborative, inclusionary management style, demonstrated team management, organizational and community leadership, facilitative consensus building, and stellar social and public relations. Excellent computer, oral and written communication skills, the ability to feel comfortable and thrive in a hands-on multi-task environment, and a high level of ethical integrity and trustworthiness are essential. As are a clear understanding of municipal finance and budgeting, planning, municipal infrastructure and Public Works, an outcome driven management approach and proven track record delivering results, and the ability to strike a balance between the practical and the creative. A flexible can-do attitude, accountability at all levels, the ability to “connect the dots” and maintain a long term “big picture” perspective that recognizes that the whole is indeed greater than its parts, and a good sense of humor, will also go a long way in assuring the new Manager’s success in the community.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration or a related field (MPA desirable), and at least 5 years of successful, progressively responsible management experience in municipal government or other local government agencies., including budget and finance, human resources, planning, public works, grantsmanship, employee negotiations, and economic development. Equivalent combinations of education and applicable professional work experience will be considered that will have imparted to the candidate such capabilities, skills and attributes identified above.
Competitive annual salary of $120,132-$144,144 DOQ, PERS Retirement 2% @ 60 for Classic Members, Family Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage, Vacation Leave of 10 days per year starting plus 72 hours of Administrative Leave annually, 12 days annual sick leave, City-paid ICMA Membership, Relocation Assistance (Moving Allowance) – Negotiable, such other provisions as may be negotiated in Employment Agreement.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
On or before 5:00 P.M. Friday, November 29, 2019, submit cover letter, professional and at least 5 professional references to City of Weed, Attention: Jeff Butzlaff, City Manager Executive Recruiter, P.O. Box 470, Weed, CA 96094, or E-mail to Mr. Butzlaff at CityofWeedCA@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct any inquiries or questions to Mr. Butzlaff at either of the above e-mail addresses, or by phone to (530) 859-1783. For more information about the City and community of Weed, you may visit our website at www.ci.weed.ca.us..
Your resume should clearly reflect the specific nature, size and scope of your responsibilities (community population, number of staff, complexity of organization, budget, etc.), key challenges and accomplishments, and the specific years and months of beginning/ending date for each position held, including any breaks in service. Following the November 29, 2019 application deadline, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate further in the selection process, including (depending on the number of candidates involved) a possible supplemental questionnaire phase, and engagement in an interactive community process prior to the final interview with City Council and ultimate appointment