With the retirement of the current City Manager after 27 years of dedicated service, Bakersfield is searching for a City Manager who will be an agent of positive change and lead them into “The Sound of Something Better.” Beginning with its sheer size, the Bakersfield of today is different from the Bakersfield of the past. It is now an emerging urban center encompassing 150 square miles. In addition to agricultural production and oil and natural gas generation, it is now known for wind and solar renewable energies and is a growing distribution and transportation hub. Bakersfield is less than two hours away from Los Angeles and the coast, and about four hours from San Francisco.
Of great importance is the recently passed one cent sales tax increase known as Measure N, which is estimated to generate $57 million annually. These funds may be used to improve public safety services, reduce homelessness, reinvigorate economic development, bolster the fiscal wellbeing of the City, and address quality of life issues to enrich the vitality of the City’s neighborhoods. Hallmarks of the community continue to be a high quality of life, strong family orientation, a pro-business attitude, affordability, and the fact that people care.
Bakersfield, the seat of Kern County and the Southern Gateway to the Central Valley, is the ninth largest city in California, the 53rd largest city by population in the U.S., and one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Steeped in music history, Bakersfield is universally recognized as the “Country Music Capital of the West” and “Nashville West.” The City is ranked first in the nation for affordable housing in a metro area, and third in the nation where millennials are buying homes, while also being a popular place for retirees. The median price of a house in Bakersfield is $247,000, or 45% less than the median price of a comparable house in California.
Bakersfield is a Charter city operating under a Council-Manager form of government. The seven-member City Council is elected by ward, and serve four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor is elected at-large to a four-year term. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. The FY2019-20 budget is $620 million, the CIP is $100 million, and there are about 1,700 employees.
The ideal candidate will have a relevant bachelor’s degree; an MPA, MBA, or certification as an ICMA Credentialed Manager would be a plus. Should also have substantial generalist experience as a City/County Manager or Assistant City/County Manager working for an organization of significant size and comparable complexity. Having worked for the equivalent of a full-service City and having dealt with significant growth would be preferred. It is also important to have had direct experience working with an elected policy board, such as a City Council.
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