Job Details

City Manager
City of Suffolk, VA
Job Description

The City of Suffolk, VA, is seeking a leader with impeccable integrity, outstanding leadership skills, and a track record of being entrepreneurial, and business-savvy to be their next City Manager. With the ability to inspire and support a team culture and to enhance employee retention, the successful candidate will have extensive experience in creating a high performing organization through partnering and collaborating with staff, community, regional partners, and the Council. The City Manager, who reports to the Mayor and an eight-person City Council, leads a full-service City with approximately 1500 employees who provide a full range of services to its citizens through a Deputy City Manager, Chief of Staff and directors of 24 departments. The FY 20-21 general fund budget of $651M is supported by a tax rate of 1.11 per $100 of assessed tax value. The City of Suffolk achieved the highly acclaimed and much-lauded AAA rating following upgrades by all three rating agencies on the City's outstanding general obligation (GO) bonds and long-term rating. A track record of innovation in delivering on strategic initiatives as well as increasing collaborations, effective governance, and service delivery is essential. The 2035 Comprehensive plan is the current guide to many priorities of the community. Must have a bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience in a senior executive position in municipal government management in a comparable sized municipal government organization. Preferred qualifications: a familiarity with VA municipal management a master’s degree and ICMA credentialing. The hiring range is $190,000-$225,000. Base salary is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. The City offers a full range of benefits. Suffolk residency is required within 12 months of appointment. To apply, go to and click on the City Manager – Suffolk, VA link. To learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser: All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application. Application review begins March 11, 2021. Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on April 29-30, 2021 which involves 3-4 hours over the two-day period, not including preparation. Interviews with the Mayor and City Council will follow at a subsequent time. Inquiries about your application should be emailed to The City of Suffolk is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.

Job Details
$190,000 - $225,000, DOE
Job Function:
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type:
Full Time
City of Suffolk
442 W. Washington St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States
Population: 84,930
Form of Government: Council-Manager

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