Job Details

City Manager
City of Cape Girardeau, MO
Job Description

Cape Girardeau, MO (pop. 40,600) - Cape Girardeau is located along the banks of the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri about 100 miles south of St. Louis. Having been incorporated in 1808, it is today a wonderfully historic, diverse, and vibrant community which serves as a regional center for culture, commerce, healthcare, and education to a multi-county region in both Missouri and Illinois. Cape Girardeau is also the proud home of the Southeast Missouri State University and its 10,700 students and 550 faculty & staff.

The City of Cape Girardeau is seeking candidates to replace its current City Manager who will soon retire after serving for 12 years in the position. The City Council hopes to find a replacement that will continue the outstanding record of progress achieved under the outgoing manager’s tenure.

The City of Cape Girardeau operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The municipality has 498 FTE employees and an annual operating budget of $59 million. The City provides a full complement of municipal services to its residents including a regional airport with commercial air service provided by United Air Lines. The City Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City with full oversight authority over all operating departments. The City Manager reports to a seven (7) member City Council including the Mayor, elected at-large, and six (6) Council Members, each elected by wards.

The City Council is hoping to attract candidates to the position with at least seven (7) years of increasingly responsible managerial experience in local government. A post-graduate degree in public administration or some other related field of study is preferred but not required. The ideal candidate will have experience as a City Manager or City Administrator.

In the new City Manager, the City Council is looking for the following:
• A collaborative, analytical, creative, and experienced professional with outstanding communication skills.
• A proven leader with the ability and desire to build positive working relationships with a diverse array of community stakeholders.
• A professional who can quickly gain an understanding and appreciation for the culture, values, and diversity of the community.
• A manager/administrator possessing a thorough working knowledge of all aspects of municipal government operations with a special emphasis on financial management & budgeting, economic development, human resource management, and strategic planning.

The starting annual salary range for the position is $155,000 to $165,000 DOQ/E. The City also offers a wide array of outstanding fringe benefits. Residency is required within six (6) months of the start date.

Interested candidates should apply online by February 28, 2021 with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) work related references to to the attention of Mark R. Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Late applications could still be considered. Please direct all questions about the position, the community, and/or the selection process to Mark Peterson at (309) 825-5091. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information on the position, the municipal organization, and the community, please go to to access an informational brochure.

Job Details
$155,000 - $165,000, DOQ/E
Job Function:
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type:
Full Time
No preference
City of Cape Girardeau
PO Box 617
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702-0617
United States
Population: 40,600
Form of Government: Council-Manager

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