Social Circle is a picturesque City located about 50 miles east of Atlanta along Interstate 20 in Walton and Newton Counties. The City is about 11 square miles in size and currently about 4,500 in population. The median income is $50,000 and the median age is 37. Above the gnat line and below the snow line, the community is blessed with a comfortable climate and beautiful landscaping with colorful blooms throughout the year. Regularly rated as one of the safest communities in Georgia, the City maintains a professional, well trained, and community connected Police Department and Fire Department. The Social Circle City Schools, an independent School District, provides primary, elementary, middle and high school campuses which are within walking distance of most neighborhoods. This highly rated School District also provides technical training in Nursing and Trades, a Jr ROTC program, and state of the art athletic facilities at the high school campus. The City employees 60 full-time employees, as well as some part-time employees and volunteers. City departments include: Police, Fire, Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Water & Sewer, Natural Gas, Streets, Cemetery, Main Street and General Government. Risk Management and Human Resources are part of the City Manager’s responsibilities. The City’s budget for FY20-21 is $15,193,708 with a general fund budget of almost $6.0 million dollars.
The City Manager will be an experienced, ethical and dedicated leader who can quickly gain the confidence of the community. The city manager must possess the ability to build community trust through the development of partnerships with various stakeholders and other government entities. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to embrace change and focus on continuous improvement. He/she will be expected to articulate a vision of excellence, establish credibility and consistency in delivery of services, as well as be a creative problem solver and excellent communicator in response to unique opportunities in Social Circle.
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• Bachelor’s degree required in public administration, public finance, business administration or related degree from an accredited university. A master’s degree is highly preferred.
• A minimum of five years of executive level management experience in local governments of similar size and complexity to Social Circle is expected. Previous experience as a City/County Manager/Administrator or an Assistant is desirable.
• Evidence of continued professional development such as ICMA Credentialed Manager designation, is a positive indicator of dedication to the profession and will be noted during the candidate vetting process.
The expected starting salary range for this position is between $110,000 - $127,000 (depending on qualifications of the selected candidate), with a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance paid by the City. City participates in the Georgia Municipal Employee Retirement Defined Benefit Program and has a 457 plan, as well as a City vehicle for the City Manager and generous leave benefits.
Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references and salary history no later than April 23, 2021 to: Lisa Ward, Senior Vice President, The Mercer Group, Inc., at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions please call 706-983-9326. Interviews are expected to be conducted the end of May 2021.
W. Alan Reddish, Senior Vice President
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