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Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, the City Manager is responsible and held accountable for the City of Cottonwood’s daily operations and is considered the City’s chief administrative officer. The City Manager is responsible for providing organizational leadership and implementing polices set by City Council.
City operations include the following departments: Administration, Airport, Community Development, Cottonwood Area Transit, Tourism & Economic Development, Finance, Fire, Housing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police, Public Works, and Utilities. Currently, the City Manager oversees twelve direct reports including the Deputy City Manager, the Executive Assistant to the City Manager, the City Clerk, the Police and Fire Chiefs, and the Directors of Community Development, Airport, Human Resources, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Tourism and Economic Development, and Utilities.
Experience and Education:
Requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in public administration, human resources, business management, finance or a closely related field and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in a local government or an equivalent position in an organization of comparable complexity.
Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration or related field, ICMA-Credentialed Manager designation, strong financial management and budgeting skills, and a track record of success in economic development, business and civic engagement, organizational leadership, and intergovernmental relations.
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary range for the City Manager is $136,745 - $205,118. Salary for the chosen candidate will depend on experience and education.
This position is exempt, benefit eligible, and serves at the will of the City Council under contract.
This position is eligible for a phone allowance of $960 and a vehicle allowance of $5,400 annually, paid bi-weekly. Any other proposed or desired benefits by the successful candidate can be negotiated directly.
The City of Cottonwood offers an extensive benefit package that includes:
-Enrollment in the Arizona State Retirement System with City match. Current rate is 12.17%.
-Medical and Dental coverage paid at 100% for the employee and a partial percentage for dependent coverage
-Vision coverage (optional at your expense)
-Optional Health Savings Account (HSA) with employer contributions
-Group term life insurance amounting to the annual salary up to $150,000 plus $50,000
-Generous vacation and sick accrual rates
-Twelve paid holidays
-Optional deferred compensation plans (457b)
-Employer-paid Cottonwood Recreation Center membership for employee and discounted memberships for household members
-Qualifying employees who choose to purchase a home in the Verde Valley are eligible for down-payment loans up to $15,000 after one year of employment .
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will fully embrace the City’s mission of Inspiring a Vibrant Community and believes in the notion of being accountable in their service to others while executing the duties of a City Manager. The City’s next City Manager will be an experienced and knowledgeable professional with significant experience in a municipal or local government. The candidate will possess strong communication skills, is collaborative, and has demonstrated success in maintaining positive interpersonal relationships both internally and with intergovernmental partners and other stakeholders.
The successful candidate will also further the current environment of trust and reliability, effectively engage in processes that enhance the productivity of the organization, and creatively solve problems while aligning decisions to the City’s core values and mission. The candidate will develop strong relationships with his or her peers throughout the Verde Valley and will build relationships to obtain proper assistance for specialized matters as necessary. The candidate will support and advise Council on issues of importance and assist Council in its efforts to balance the City’s small-town identity with its desire for sustainable growth. The candidate will be ready to actively participate in and give direction on upcoming large projects, such as the build-out of a new City Hall facility, and various other capital improvement projects. The candidate will be highly motivated and invested in the success of both the organization and the community as a whole.
The ideal candidate will call Cottonwood home, yet enjoy the opportunity for limited telework when necessary. The City Manager will be a contributing member to the community and will appreciate the City’s history while helping the organization move forward with its structured future growth.
The City of Cottonwood was incorporated in 1960 and operates under the council-manager form of government. The Council is a seven-member body consisting of a Mayor, Vice Mayor, and five council members elected to serve staggered four-year terms. The Mayor is directly elected while the Vice Mayor is appointed by the City Council.
The City provides a variety of services for the community including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services; road maintenance; parks and trails; a recreation center; a regional public transportation system; enforcement of building and zoning codes; animal control; a public library; a public water system that serves a customer base twice as large as the City’s population; a sanitary sewer system; a public cemetery, and a general aviation airport.
The City employs approximately 230 full-time employees and the City’s average annual expenditures run between $70-$80 million per fiscal year.
Written Response Prompt:
Please submit your written response to this prompt with your application submission.
In no more than two pages, use your experience to demonstrate how you have helped your community effectively manage its growth while maintaining the balance between the community's need to expand and its desire to maintain its small town feel.