City Administrator

City of Gardner, KS

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: No preference
  • Salary: Competitive benefits and salary DOQ
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 21,583
  • Where: 120 E Main Street, Gardner KS 66030
  • Form of Government: Mayor-Council

Post Date: Jan 4 2019

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three work-related references to or LEAPS-Gardner, 300 SW 8th, Topeka, KS, 66603. If confidentiality is requested, please note in application materials. Position will remain open until filled. Application review will begin February 1, 2019. EOE


Gardner, Kansas, (pop. 21,583; $62.5 million budget; 150 FTEs) is located in southwest Johnson County and recognized as one of the most rapidly growing communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The City of Gardner is seeking an innovative, engaged, collaborative individual with visionary ideas for the position of City Administrator. Gardner ranks as one of the safest cities in Kansas and offers affordable housing, award-winning public schools, and an extensive parks system. This vibrant city has a robust business climate and is a premier site for continued economic growth. Gardner owns and manages its electric, water and sewer utilities. Its location also lends to easy access to road, rail and air transportation systems. For more information about Gardner, see the Community Profile.

The City Administrator oversees all city departments and reports to a visionary mayor and five-member council. The ideal applicant holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration or a related field, master’s degree preferred, and a minimum of five years of municipal management experience or a combination of education and experience that provides the necessary skills and abilities to effectively perform the required duties. The background of a successful candidate should demonstrate strong leadership skills, municipal finance experience, municipal utilities, and outstanding public relations skills. This community-focused leader will promote economic development initiatives, transparency in government and positive intergovernmental relations.

Additionally, the person selected must live within Gardner city limits at the time of the effective date of his or her appointment or within six months thereafter.

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