Town Manager

Town of Smyrna, TN

The Town of Smyrna, Tennessee is accepting applications for their next Town Manager. Smyrna is situated 23 miles Southeast of Nashville and is currently the 13th largest city in Tennessee with more than 53,000 residents and double-digit growth. Smyrna offers a growing secondary education sector with Motlow Colleges’ largest off-site campus and TCAT Smyrna Campus /Nissan Training Facility. In recent years, the Town of Smyrna has initiated and implemented a broad range of unique, creative, sustainable, impactful and engaging projects to improve delivery of municipal services, enhance the quality of life for residents, and to continue to leverage and grow a diverse economic base. Smyrna is the second-largest city in Rutherford County. It was established in the early 1800s and was named after the Smyrna Presbyterian Church. The Town of Smyrna operates under a Private Act Council-Manager form of government. This type of local government combines leadership of elected officials as members of the governing body, the Town Council, with the managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. In Smyrna’s government, Council Members are the policy makers elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to the needs of its citizens. The Town Manager is appointed by the Town Council to carry out policy, to lead the staff of Directors and Managers of all Town departments, and to ensure that the entire community is being served. The Town Manager serves as the chief administrative officer; provides sound strategic leadership of the Town’s operations, offers progressive and innovative ideas to meet the changing needs of the community, and advances the vision of the Town Council. The Town Manager is responsible for the administration of all Town affairs as set forth in the Town’s Charter. Duties and responsibilities include providing direction and supervision for department directors, coordinating and presenting the Town’s annual operating budget, attending all Council meetings and providing guidance as needed, ensuring laws and provisions of the charter are enforced, supervising the control and collection of taxes, and providing short-term and long-term strategic direction for the Town. This position is appointed by and reports to the Town Council.

Find details about the position expectations by reviewing the recruitment brochure at

The ideal candidate for the Town Manager position will demonstrate strong leadership, problem-solving skills, experience in economic and community development, and motivate employees to deliver quality customer service. The successful candidate should demonstrate moral and ethical character and have the ability to build consensus by developing partnerships with community stakeholders and other government entities. He/she will be an excellent communicator who values transparency of government operations, provides ongoing information to all citizens concerning delivery of services, is willing to make bold recommendations to the Mayor and Council and serves as a consensus builder to further the Council’s vision.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree from a four–year college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration, Planning, Economic Development or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
• Seven (7) years of progressively responsible management experience is required; experience directing a large department, overseeing multiple departments, or managing large and complex projects is highly desired; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
• Local government management experience as a seasoned city/county manager or assistant in a similar-sized community and complexity as Smyrna will be a significant advantage for a candidate seeking this position.
• Evidence of continued professional development such as ICMA Credentialed Manager designation is a positive indicator of dedication to the profession and will be noted during the vetting process.
Compensation & Benefits:
The Town of Smyrna is offering a competitive starting salary of $185,000-$220,000 based on the qualifications of the candidate. In addition to a competitive salary, they offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision insurance, life insurance, retirement plan and paid time off. Relocation expenses are negotiable.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, a list of at least five job related references (with email addresses and phone numbers), as well as salary history no later than close of business on June 21, 2024, to Lisa Ward, Senior Associate Contact Lisa Ward at 706-983-9326 or Alan Reddish, Senior Associate at 706-614-4961.

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

Town of Smyrna


315 S Lowry St
Smyrna, TN 37167-3416
United States

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