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Normal, IL - City Manager

Normal, IL (54,264) Normal is a vibrant, progressive city prominently located in Central Illinois. Home to Illinois State University (21,000 students), Normal provides the educational, recreational and cultural amenities typically found in larger metropolitan areas. The Normal Mayor and Town Council are seeking candidates for its City Manager position who have a passion for local government service, an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to lead a high performing organization. Normal has had two City Managers in the last 50 years with the current City Manager retiring after 30 years of service to the City, 20 as City Manager. Please consider the following with respect to this exciting opportunity:

  • Normal is located 125 miles southwest of Chicago and 155 miles northeast of St. Louis and is a featured stop on the Chicago to St. Louis high speed passenger rail corridor. This enviable location provides Normal with unique economic development opportunities. Neighboring Bloomington is the international headquarters for State Farm Insurance, one of the economic engines for the region.
  • The Town of Normal is a full-service, home-rule municipality with a AAA bond rating. The Town has 380 full-time employees and a total annual budget of $110 million. The City Manager appoints the department heads including the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Finance Director, Parks and Recreation Director, Information Technology Director, Library Director, Economic Development Director, City Engineer, Inspections Director, Water Director, Facilities and Energy, Public Works Director and Corporation Counsel.
  • Normal has undertaken a nationally-recognized economic development renaissance in its downtown over the last several years. The Town has emphasized public-private partnerships, resulting in a vibrant community center featuring world-class entertainment venues, an eclectic mix of dining and retail establishments, and premier lodging and housing options that are all centrally located in an attractive and inviting environment. Highlighted by a new City Hall/Multimodal Transportation Center, the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, the Historic Normal Theater art-deco movie house, and a uniquely designed Traffic Circle feature that serves as a public gathering space to anchor concerts and festivals, Uptown Normal is a hub of activity located adjacent to the ISU campus.

City Manager candidates will have demonstrated leadership in the successful administration of municipal operations with a strong emphasis on customer service, teamwork and cooperation. Candidates must possess well developed budget and financial management skills and experience with complex economic development and redevelopment. The successful candidate will have vision, resilience and will exhibit a collaborative, welcoming approach with elected officials, residents, the business community, and employees.  The position requires seven to ten years of increasingly responsible senior management experience at least some of which is in the municipal sector and a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, finance or related field. An MPA or MBA is highly desirable. Experience in a college/university community is valued. Residency is required within a reasonable time frame. Starting salary range: $185,000 +/- DOQ with excellent benefits. Apply online with resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references by November 10, 2017 to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3243.


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