County Administrator

County of Pinellas, FL

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: No preference
  • Salary: $212,000 - $275,000.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 916,542
  • Where: 315 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756
  • Form of Government: County council-administrator/mgr

Post Date: Apr 27 2018

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at This position is open until filled; First review deadline is Friday, June 15, 2018. For more information, please contact Art Davis at, or by calling 816-868-7042.


(Starting salary range will be $212,000 to $275,000 DOQ/E with Outstanding Benefits)

Pinellas County, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, is a peninsula at the midpoint of the west coast of Florida, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the west and by Tampa Bay on the east. While it is the second smallest county in land area, it is the most densely populated county in the state with a permanent population of over 970,637. More than 287,000 residents currently live in unincorporated areas that exceed more than one-third of Pinellas’ total land mass. Pinellas is well connected with regional access provided via Interstate 275, two international airports, and the largest port in Florida. There are 24 incorporated municipalities, including St. Petersburg, with a population of 249,000+, followed by the county seat, Clearwater with nearly 110,000 residents. Although the area is a world class tourist destination, Pinellas has the second largest base of manufacturing employment in Florida and a diverse business climate with significant existing and targeted industry clusters in aviation/aerospace; defense/national security; medical technologies; financial services; and information technology. There are numerous professional sports and cultural venues to attract residents and visitors to world class athletic events, museums, symphony performances, Broadway shows, rock concerts, and ballet and art festivals. Each year over 5 million overnight visitors come to enjoy the County's 35 miles of pristine, powdery white beaches with an average of 244 sunny days annually. The County's Parks and Conservation Resources Department maintains over 24 parks consisting of 4,000 acres of beaches, lakes, and native habitat with playgrounds, learning centers for residents and visitors alike. Pinellas County is rich in cultural diversity and takes great pride in the many celebrations and events that occur throughout the year.

Pinellas County is a Charter County of the State of Florida providing a full range of government services. A variety of traditional municipal-type services are provided to the unincorporated areas of the County within the Municipal Services Taxing District. The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative body for Pinellas County. Three Commissioners are elected at large but live in specific districts; four commissioners are elected from single-member districts. The Constitutional Officers of the County are the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector. Pinellas County’s Unified Personnel System (UPS) was established in 1975 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. The UPS is composed of 11 different members or “Appointing Authorities” and has over 3000 employees with more than 600 job classifications. The UPS is operated by a Personnel Board consisting of seven members, each serving a two-year term. The Director of Human Resources is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the UPS Board.

In FY2018, Pinellas County’s operations are supported by a combined funds budget of $2.2 billion, providing a full range of traditional county and municipal-type services. Each Appointing Authority oversees the management and supervision of functions under their areas of responsibility. The Board of County Commissioners appoints a County Administrator who is responsible for management and supervision of all functions and personnel under the Board of County Commissioners. The County Administrator is responsible for managing the administration and operation of all functional areas and administrative divisions under the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and is directly responsible for over 2000 County employees. The County Administrator is also responsible for preparation of the County’s overall budget, as well as for monitoring and tracking expenditures throughout the fiscal year. The County Administrator is appointed by a majority vote of the Board of County Commissioners. The functional areas and services that fall under the responsibility of the County Administrator include a variety of internal services such as Purchasing, Office of Technology and Innovation, Budget, Fleet and Risk Management. Other County Departments include Emergency Management, Real Estate, Marketing and Communications, Human Services, Animal Services, Emergency Medical Services, Regional 9-1-1, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Airport, Building Services, Code Enforcement, Planning, Economic Development, Development Review Services, Parks & Conservation Resources, Public Works, Solid Waste, and Utilities.

The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor's degree in public or business administration, management, government, or a related field, and 7 years of progressively responsible experience in local government, or an equivalent combination. A masters’ degree is desired. Working for a similar sized municipal or county organization, or an organization of similar complexity, in an executive and management capacity is important and will be an advantage. A strong background in municipal budgeting, finance, and strategic planning is important. The starting salary will range from $212,000 to $275,000 + outstanding benefits, including participation in the Florida Retirement System. Florida does not have a state income tax. Visit for Pinellas County’s comprehensive array of employee benefits.

The County Administrator will be expected to address several issues within the first twelve to eighteen months on the job. Examples include balancing the budget while maintaining the highest quality services; implementing the $1.1 billion voter approved infrastructure improvements called Penny for Pinellas; and, facilitating the implementation of affordable housing options, to name a few. The Board of County Commissioners seek candidates with unquestioned personal character and professional ethics, exceptional leadership skills and the ability to effectively communicate with the BOCC, Constitutional Officers, employees and all community stakeholders.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at This position is open until filled; First review deadline is Friday, June 15, 2018. For more information, please contact Art Davis at, or by calling 816-868-7042.

Confidentiality: under Florida’s Public Records Act, information from your application is subject to public disclosure at any point in the recruitment process. For more information about Pinellas County, visit the website at

Pinellas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!