City Manager

City of Watertown, NY

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: No preference
  • Salary: Current Salary, $125,000.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 25,900
  • Website:
  • Where: 13601
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Mar 22 2018

Deadline: May 11 2018


City of Watertown
City Manager
Watertown (population 25,900) is the county seat of Jefferson County (population 114,000) and it serves as the prime commercial and service center for much of northern New York State. Jefferson County is home to the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, whose presence has impacted the Watertown community in terms of commercial and employment growth, demand for services, and housing supply and demand. Fort Drum is the largest single-site employer in New York State. Watertown is a community that is seeking to accommodate its recent growth and demand for services, while retaining its traditional small city character.
The City of Watertown is in a very sound financial condition. The City’s bond rating has remained unchanged since June 2011 when Moody’s Investor Services upgraded the City’s rating to Aa3 from an A1 rating. According to Moody’s, the upgrade was reflective of the City’s sound financial position characterized by healthy reserves, a medium-sized tax base, and a manageable debt burden. Other factors contributing to the rating upgrade were demonstrated strong fiscal management and financial planning as well as the City’s increased role as a regional economic center.
Watertown is among the oldest ICMA-recognized plans in New York State, and has had only two City Managers in the past fifteen years. The ideal candidate should have a minimum of five years, and preferably ten years, of management experience, including supervisory and budgetary responsibilities. Knowledge/experience is required in areas of municipal management, including: finance, budgeting, capital and operational planning, expenditure management, labor relations, public facilities operation, staff development, policy and project management.
Successful candidates must demonstrate a high level of energy, competency, and possess exemplary management and analytical skills. The candidate should have a service-oriented personality, which shows flexibility, responsiveness to the directives of the Mayor and Council, and the needs of the Watertown community. Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Law, Public Policy, or a related field, is preferred.
The City Council anticipates negotiating a contract with a competitive compensation package, depending on the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and salary history. The City Charter provides for 2-year employment contracts with the City Manager. The current annual salary for the position is $125,000. A detailed Position Profile may be viewed at the Job Opportunities menu tab of the City’s website,

Applicants may email a resume, together with a cover letter addressing the job requirements, and salary history to: Insert Watertown City Manager in the subject line. Alternatively, the same documents may be mailed to: Watertown City Manager Search, Attention: John C. Krol, PO Box 536, Waddington, NY 13694.
The deadline for applications is May 11. 2018.

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