City Administrator

City of South St. Paul, MN

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: Required
  • Salary: $123,000 - $155,000. DOQ
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 20,441
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  • Where: 125 3rd Ave. North, South St. Paul, MN 55075
  • Form of Government: Mayor-Council

Post Date: Jan 18 2018

For additional information on this outstanding opportunity or to apply, please contact: Jim Miller, Senior Vice President The Mercer Group, Inc. 2119 Lake Augusta Drive Mendota Heights, MN 55120 612-581-9972


This is an exceptional opportunity to provide leadership and management in a historic, vibrant, community of 20,000 residents with high quality city services, professional staff and stable governance. The current City Administrator is retiring after 15 years of highly valued service as the City’s chief appointed officer. The City Council is seeking a progressive, innovative and seasoned professional who values effective partnership with elected officials and who can help lead the City organization into the future. As such, the next City Administrator will be instrumental in assisting the City continue to evolve as an anticipatory and professional organization.

Given its convenient access to Interstate 494 and Highway 52, proximity to downtown St. Paul, and location 15 minutes from the Mall of America, numerous industries and businesses have found the community to be a prime location. In addition to being the corporate headquarters for several companies, South St. Paul is continuing to experience strong commercial and industrial growth. Almost $30 million of new development occurred in 2017, mostly in the form of redevelopment. With roughly 450 acres designated for redevelopment, new investment will likely continue in 2018 and for years to come.
The City and its highly-regarded School District have coterminous boundaries which has reinforced community identity and spurred numerous collaborations through the years. The School District was the first in Minnesota to be designated as a K-12 International Baccalaureate World School District. In addition to being a valuable community asset, the program also draws students from other communities creating an enriching learning environment.
South St. Paul is a full-service local government with its own water utility, airport, library and major arena. Fire service is provided by the South Metro Fire Department, a joint powers entity created with the City of West St. Paul. The City also provides services to two public housing high rises. The City currently has 107 full- and part-time and 120 seasonal employees. Five unions represent all employees except for the City Administrator, Assistant City Administrator/Human Relations Director, Executive Assistant and IT Administrator.

The 2018 general fund budget is $15.2 million and the 2018 budget for all funds, including debt service, is $33.1 million. The City maintains an excellent financial position, and has an adopted policy to maintain a benchmark range of 35%-50% of the subsequent year’s budgeted expenditures as an unassigned fund balance in the general fund. In 2016, the unassigned fund balance was 42% of the subsequent year expenditures. The City maintains a Moody’s rating of Aa2.

The next City Administrator will possess a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in public or business administration or a closely related field. A Master’s degree is preferred. He or she will also have at least five years of municipal management experience as a city manager or administrator or as an assistant city manager or administrator (or equivalent executive position) in a city of similar size.

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