The City of Gunnison, is a peaceful, cherished Colorado municipality located in the beautiful, high-altitude Gunnison River Valley, surrounded by national forest and mountains on nearly all sides. Gunnison (pop. 6,653, area 4.85 sq mi, elev. 7,703 ft) is due south of the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, and the Crested Butte Mountain Resort and northeast of the incomparably beautiful San Juan Mountains. Monarch Mountain (more skiing) is 45 minutes to the east. Add the Gunnison River, Curecanti National Recreation Area, and Blue Mesa Reservoir, and Gunnison becomes very hard to top in terms of outdoor lifestyle. This geography also makes it one of the coldest locations in the country every winter.
The county seat and most populous city of Gunnison County, Gunnison is also home to Western Colorado University, an essential stakeholder. The FY 2023 Budget (proposed) is $38.6 million (GF $10.6M), supporting 107.33 employees.
Gunnison’s most recent city manager served the city successfully for over six years and left in late-October to serve as the new town manager of Vail, Colorado. The city council is seeking an experienced local government professional to continue the advancement of multiple projects.
A four-year degree in a relevant field of study (public or business administration, or related); at least five to ten years of progressively responsible experience in local government, including at least five as a municipal manager, deputy, assistant, or major department head; or any equivalent combination of education and experience are all required. Graduate study (public administration or related), experience serving communities with universities or colleges, and experience serving mountain or resort communities, especially those with extreme winter conditions, are all preferred.
The hiring range for this position is $170,000 to $210,000 DOQE. In addition, Gunnison provides the following benefits: medical, dental, vision, and life ($100,000) insurances, paid 75% for the employee and dependents, with three PPO choices and other optional benefits. Employee assistance program, related services (counseling, financial, legal), and wellness program, including free membership to the Gunnison Community Center (recreation). Gunnison matches a total of 10% toward two retirement plans, 5% each in the 401(a) and 457(b) defined contribution plans, both through the Colorado Retirement Association. This position enjoys paid vacation (three weeks per year), 12 sick days, and 12 paid holidays. Relocation assistance and reasonable options related to housing are subject to negotiation.