Town Manager

Town of La Plata, MD

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: Preferred
  • Salary: $103,000 - $165,000. DOQ
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 8,753
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  • Where: 305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, MD 20646
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Feb 15 2018


La Plata’s next Town Manager will have the opportunity to join a hard-working and committed team of employees who deliver high quality services, work with an energetic and engaged Mayor and Council, and help the Council guide the Town into its vision for the future.

The Town Manager is the executive officer and head of the administrative branch of the Town. The Manager is responsible to the Mayor and the Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the Town. Under provisions of the Town Charter and Code, the Town Manager prepares a budget for the Mayor’s and Council’s consideration; recruits, hires, and supervises staff; serves as the Mayor and Council’s chief administrative officer; and implements their policies.

The Town Manager has six direct reports: Town Treasurer, Assistant Town Manager, Director of Planning, Director of Operations, Police Chief, and Town Clerk. The Town has had two Town Managers in the last 30 years.

The Town of La Plata was incorporated on April 4, 1888 and operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The governing body consists of an independently elected Mayor and four Councilmembers, all of whom are elected by ward every four years.

The Town has four departments – Planning, Finance, Public Works, and Police. The General Fund Budget for FY2018 is $7.78 million and the Town has 63 full and part-time employees. The Town operates several Enterprise Funds which support sanitation, water, sewer, and stormwater management programs.

Requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in a local government, including three years’ supervision and/or executive level management (manager, assistant, or department director/assistant director).

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration or a closely related field and strong human resources/employee relations, fiscal management, economic development, and regional and intergovernmental expertise. ICMA-CM and work in a full-service council-manager government are preferred but not required.

Per Town Charter, residency within the Town is required for the Town Manager after appointment.

The salary range for the Town Manager is $103,000 - $165,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package that includes the Maryland state retirement and pension system and 100% Town-paid health insurance for employees and dependents.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with first review of applications April 2, 2018.

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