City Manager

City of the Dalles, OR

Salary: Approximately $145,000 DOQ

The City of The Dalles, Oregon, is located along the north-central edge of the vast Columbia River dividing Washington State from Oregon. It is the largest community in Wasco County and functions as the county seat. With an estimated population of 16,000 residents, it is a growing regional commercial center and marketplace, featuring a quaint downtown area. The Dalles is one of Oregon’s most historical cities and has a reputation of being a town at the end of the overland route of the Oregon Trail. The city serves as a trading area for about 70,000 persons in Washington and Oregon. The Dalles is a strategic home base for year-round recreation where residents enjoy over 300 days of sunshine per year. Its location along a vast bend of the Columbia River provides ample opportunities for recreation, including one of the finest windsurfing areas in the US.

The City of The Dalles operates under a Council-Manager form of government with 98.73 FTEs working in the following departments: City Clerk/IT, City Manager/General Services, Community Development (including Urban Renewal), Finance (including Water Sewer Billing/Court), Human Resources, Library, Municipal Court Judge, Police, and Public Works. The City’s Legal Counsel is under contract with the City. The City operates on a 2021-22 budget of $73,649,614, including a General Fund of $14,431,615.

Under the direction of the City Council, the City Manager is the administrative head of the City. This position administers the daily operation of all City departments, communicates regularly with City Council, provides information necessary for sound policy and decision making and evaluates personnel programs, services and projects regularly. Other responsibilities include preparing an annual budget.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in management, finance, economics or a related field, evidence of continued professional development, and 5 years of management experience in a municipality or equivalent organization is required. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in public administration and credentials which demonstrate skills necessary to lead a progressive city, such as the ICMA Credentialed Manager designation.

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of The Dalles is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: February 13, 2022 (open until filled).

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Job Details

Job Function
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type
Full Time

City of the Dalles


313 Court St
The Dalles, OR 97058-2111
United States

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