County Manager

County of Lewis, WA

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: No preference
  • Salary: $105,000 - $140,000.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 76,000
  • Website:
  • Where: 351 NW. North St, Chehalis, WA 98532
  • Form of Government: County commission


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Located in southwest Washington, halfway between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, along Interstate 5, Lewis County is 2,408 square miles in size and has an estimated population of 76,000. The county is made up of two larger “twin” cities, Centralia and Chehalis, and several smaller cities and towns. The county seat is located in historic Chehalis. Lewis County is approximately one-third national forest and includes portions of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Gifford Pinchot national forests, and the Mt. Rainier National Park. Adventure seekers will find world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, cycling, canoeing, whitewater rafting, hang gliding, fishing, rock climbing and skiing.

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is Lewis County's legislative authority, and currently the commissioners serve as the chief administrators for county operations. The effort to create a County Manager position has been prompted by the BOCC’s desire to create better process and operational efficiency at the management team and board levels. The county’s General Fund budget for 2018 is $36,303,753, with an overall budget of $107,839,425. There are approximately 548 FTEs for all county departments and offices.

Working under the general direction of the BOCC, the county's first County Manager will be responsible for staffing, organizing and planning, supervising assigned personnel, and directing and supporting the directors and managers of the functional areas assigned. The County Manager serves as adviser and support for the commissioners by keeping them informed on key matters, facilitating discussion on critical issues and supporting their deliberations with information on future trends and appropriate alternatives.

A bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or a closely related field is required, along with 7 years of experience overseeing assigned county operations. An MPA or MBA is preferred. Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience in other levels of government and the private sector are also encouraged to apply. Experience with organizational change efforts, lean management skills, public engagement, policy guidance and strategic planning is essential to be successful in this position.

Lewis County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review: April 15, 2018 (open until filled). To apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Submit Your Application" and follow the directions provided. Application materials will only be accepted electronically via the website. For questions, please call 206-368-0050.