The Central Kansas community of Lindsborg has a cultural, social, and economic vitality unmatched by few other rural communities in the U.S.
Candidates will discover this exceptional town of nearly 3,800 people has reversed the prevailing trend of rural decline. Lindsborg’s population grew by more than nine percent over the last decade according to the 2020 census.
A lower-cost, family-affirming quality of life, high-performing schools, abundant visual and cultural arts, numerous outdoor pursuits, and civic optimism make Lindsborg an enviable place to live and work. The community is expected sustain its momentum with more than 2,000 high-paying jobs forecast for the region over the next few years and a new subdivision of modestly priced homes under construction. Lindsborg is notable for its tourism. The City’s Swedish Svensk Hyllningsfest next month alone will bring 15,000 visitors to the community.
Lindsborg is governed by a directly elected Mayor and an eight-member City Council elected by wards on a non-partisan ballot to staggered, four-year terms. Lindsborg established the City Administrator position by ordinance in 1981, and since then five people have held the position. The current Administrator is retiring after 24 years in the position.
The City’s 2021 general fund budget is $3.2 million. Combined utility revenues are $5 million. Robust tourism generates sales taxes that comprise 28 percent of the annual budget. Lindsborg is a full-service municipal government, and services include emergency medical services, electric distribution, convention and tourism, and solid waste recycling. The City’s workforce is 34 full-time and 13 part-time employees.
Successful candidates should organize resume around minimum and preferred qualifications:
Minimum qualifications: 1) three years of experience in public or private administration that includes supervisory responsibility; 2) bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, or related field from an accredited university; 3) evidence of a stable, progressive employment history; and 4) an unblemished work record of performing with integrity.
Preferred qualifications: 1) three years of experience in local government as manager or administrator, or assistant manager or administrator; 2) master’s degree in public administration or related field from an accredited university; 3) previous community or economic development experience; 4) professional experience in a smaller, growing community; and 5) ICMA (International City and County Management Association) membership.
Low end of salary range is $115,000 plus executive benefits
See full City Administrator Recruitment Profile brochure at https://www.lindsborgcity.org/city-administrator-responsibilities