City Manager

City of Chehalis, WA

Located along Western Washington’s I-5 corridor, midway between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, Chehalis is a close-knit community where historic charm, character, and a rich heritage are preserved and cherished. The area offers interesting and unique businesses and attractions and boasts three districts on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents have quick and easy access to many cultural activities, fairs, concerts, and a wide assortment of annual events. Unparalleled scenic locations and outdoor opportunities in the region include nearby Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Just a short drive away, residents and visitors can ski and snowmobile at White Pass, water ski on Riffe Lake, fish for salmon and steelhead on the Cowlitz River or play a round of golf on one of several area courses.

The City of Chehalis operates under a Council-Manager form of government with seven councilors. Chehalis is a full-service city with 11 departments, including Airport, Building & Planning, City Clerk, City Manager, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Municipal Court, Parks & Recreation, Police, and Public Works, along with a contracted City Attorney. There are four bargaining groups, including the Chehalis Police Officer's Guild, IAFF 2510 for Firefighters, and two Teamsters 252 Unions for non-uniformed and non-commissioned staff. The city had a 2023 budget of $36,255,773, with 111 FTEs. During the summer months, around 30 part-time seasonal workers support Public Works, Parks & Recreation, and the aquatics center.

Working under the policy guidance and direction of the City Council, the City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer for the city, providing executive leadership and representation on all matters concerning city government. This position is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and reviewing all activities and operations of the city. This includes coordinating programs, services, and activities among city departments and outside agencies, ensuring the financial integrity of the organization, representing the city’s interests, and providing highly responsible and complex policy advice and administrative support to the Mayor and City Council.

A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, political science, or a related field, and eight (8) years of experience in municipal management, including at least four (4) years as an assistant city manager, department head, or equivalent with supervisory responsibilities, and evidence of ongoing professional training and contacts, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A master’s degree in a related field is desired. Candidates must have no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history, be bondable, and have possession of a valid Washington State driver's license, or ability to obtain one by start of employment and with no record of suspension or revocation in any state.

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Chehalis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: February 25, 2024 (open until filled).

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Job Details

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

City of Chehalis


350 N Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA 98532-2620
United States

Form of Government


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