City Manager

City of Centralia, WA

Located along the I-5 corridor between Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, the City of Centralia, Washington, is home to over 18,400 residents and offers a unique blend of historic charm and vibrant small city life. Easy access via major highways and its proximity to both the mountains and the coast make Centralia an ideal location for those who enjoy a blend of urban and natural environments. Centralia’s historic downtown district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the heartbeat of the community. The area is filled with ambience of old-fashioned light poles, brick buildings, tree-lined streets and inviting benches that exude an old-world charm. The city is a place where residents and visitors alike can enjoy a bustling array of antique shops, trendy boutiques, and diverse dining options.

The City of Centralia operates under a Council-Manager form of government with a seven-member council. The city has approximately 160 FTEs and 30 seasonal employees, and operates with a 2023 - 2024 biennial budget of $154,802,974. Departments include Municipal Court, City Manager’s Office, City Clerk’s Office, Finance, Legal Services, Human Resources, Police, Community Development/Building, Parks, Street, Stormwater, Equipment Repair & Replacement, City Light, Water, Wastewater, Information Technology, and Engineering.

Working under the direction of the City Council, the City Manager performs high level administrative, technical and professional work in directing and supervising the administration of the city. The City Manager is responsible for budget preparation and administration, identifying current or future needs for city facilities and services, developing and improving sources of revenue, pursuing external funding and ensuring compliance with federal, state and city laws, rules, regulations and policies. The City Manager provides strategic guidance and policy recommendations to the Council, shares relevant supporting information and research, and supports the strategic priorities and adopted goals of the Council. To help achieve these goals, the City Manager oversees a legislative relations program to coordinate with local legislators and ensure city staff and residents are involved in legislative affairs. The City Manager is expected to establish and maintain positive community relations by actively engaging with media, participating in community activities, and ensuring ongoing communication with other governmental bodies.

Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in public administration, political science, business management or a closely related field from an accredited four-year college or university, and 7-10 years of experience as a municipal administrator or in a key leadership role. Or, any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job will be considered. The chosen candidate shall reside within Lewis County and the Centralia School District boundaries within a reasonable amount of time after appointment.

Benefits include, but are not limited to, vacation and sick leave; paid holidays; executive leave; medical, dental, vision and life insurance; long-term disability; retirement plan; and employee assistance program.

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 Centralia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: May 26, 2024 (open until filled).

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Job Details

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

City of Centralia


PO BOX 609
Centralia, WA 98531-0609
United States

Form of Government


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