This is a professional administrative position responsible to the City Commission for the proper administration of all City affairs in accordance with the policies determined by the City Commission, City Charter, and applicable laws and ordinances.
1. Exercises hiring, control, and direct supervisory authority over all departments and divisions of the municipal government, both existing and those which may be created by the City Commission, including public utilities owned by the City.
2. Administers through subordinate department heads such functions as public safety, maintenance of public streets and property, sanitation, utilities operations, and related functions, electrical distribution, inspection services, and financial operations and budgets.
3. Attends all meetings of the City Commission and participates in discussions/deliberations.
4. Makes recommendations to the City Commission such measures as deemed necessary or expedient to the interests and operations of the City.
5. Ensures that all laws, provisions of the Amended Charter, and acts of the City Commission, subject to enforcement by the City Manager, are faithfully executed.
6. Keeps the City Commission fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the City and submits for the Commission’s consideration an annual budget and capital improvement budget, and a projected capital improvement program for a minimum five (5) year period and be responsible for the administration upon adoption.
7. Executes contracts on behalf of the City, pursuant to the provisions of appropriations ordinances.
8. Acts as the final purchasing authority for the City and ensures compliance with the City’s rules for purchasing and disposing of City equipment and material.
9. Makes such reports as the City Commission may require concerning the operation of City departments, offices, and agencies subject to his discretion and supervision.
10. Prepares and submits to the City Commission as of the end of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City for the preceding year.
11. Maintains community respect through good public relations and by keeping residents informed of City progress and policies. Discusses problems and complaints concerning City operation with citizens or refers to the appropriate official for action.
12. Directs the media relations activities for the City.
13. Represents or designates a representative for the City at conferences and meetings.
14. Understanding of Federal and State regulations and statutes pertinent to City government
(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties. Employees will be required to perform other job-related duties, as required.)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge and basic principles and practices of accounting, engineering, risk management and human resource and modern management
• Knowledge of operation and regulations of water/wastewater system and electric distribution
• Knowledge of common business and accounting software
• Knowledge of grants application processes and requirement
• Skill in dealing with members of the public, and clearly understanding the concerns of the citizens of the City.
• Skill in working with other government agencies.
• Skill in developing written documents, including ordinances, contracts, and policies.
• Ability to direct and carry out complex oral and written instruction.
• Ability to set a vision for the future.
• Ability to build a strong leadership team that is capable of implementing the vision and goals of the City.
• Skilled in identifying improvement opportunities for the City operations and in facilitating their introduction, execution, and integration into the overall operational capability of the City.
• Ability to communicate effectively using speaking, hearing, writing, and vision skills.
• Ability to deliver presentations and speeches.
• Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and meet deadlines.
Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Engineering or a related field supplemented by course work in management. Master Degree preferred.
Must have at least three (3) years of demonstrated management experience as a city or county government chief executive officer, an assistant city manager or deputy city manager or in a senior management position with like size organization and significant work in the public sector. A Master’s Degree may be substituted for one (1) year of required experience.
Licenses, Certificates, Special Requirements:
Possess a valid Florida driver’s license.
Must be a resident of the City of Fort Meade within three (3) months after being appointed by the City Commission.
Physical and Mental Demands:
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; stand; talk and hear; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and lift or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information, and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or new skills; work under deadlines with constant interruptions; interact with City staff and other organizations; and frequently deal with dissatisfied or quarrelsome individuals.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee regularly works in an office environment. Travel on occasion for meetings and conferences when necessary.