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Bridgeport, WV - City Manager

BRIDGEPORT, WEST VIRGINIA (population: 8,582) is located in Harrison County in the North Central area of West Virginia.  Nestled at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Interstate 79, Bridgeport is at the southern end of what has been termed the “High-Tech Corridor”.  Bridgeport has been a conservative driven community placing value on keeping the financial stability of the community at the forefront of their capital planning and growth.  They are a  value-driven organization dedicated to responsive, respectful and courteous customer service.  The total budget for 2018-2019 including all funds is about $38 million with a general fund  budget of around $15.6 million.

Bridgeport was first settled between 1771 and 1774.  In the early 1800’s, a wooden covered bridge was constructed across the creek.  Legend has it that resident Joseph Johnson (later governor of Virginia) saw the bridge as a port.  When Johnson sought a charter for a new town to be built on 15 acres of land, he called the town “Bridgeport.”  The town was chartered in 1816 and incorporated in 1887.  The Northwestern Virginia Turnpike was the first road to lead directly from Bridgeport to Clarksburg.  The turnpike later became part of U.S. 50.  Now, Bridgeport and the entire region have benefited greatly from its prime location at the intersection of Interstate 79 and U.S. Route 50. 

Bridgeport is a vibrant and growing community and has been a hotspot for growth in the state.  The city has continued to experience development pressures due to the community’s ideal regional location with excellent interstate highway access location and a regional airport that continues to increase connectivity for the city via air travel.  The city is a model of how to use planning for the betterment of the entire community by investing in infrastructure well in advance of development, gathering community input and support for major improvements such as the new $41M dollar Bridgeport Recreation Complex.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experiences:

  • A strong commitment to creative problem-solving through teamwork and professionalism, outstanding supervisory and administrative skills, highly developed interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and ability to develop policies and procedures that evolve with the organization.
  • A demonstrated record of leadership with a comprehensive knowledge of city/county management, economic development, human resources, governmental finances and budgeting, planning and growth and consensus building.
  • A bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business or related field and a Master’s in Public/Business Administration from an accredited college or university is preferred along with extensive progressively responsible experience (5 to 7 years) in local government management, including significant experience at a senior level interacting with elected officials and other stakeholder groups. Experienced assistant and/or deputy managers/administrators are also encouraged to apply.

The starting salary range for the position is $110,000 - $130,000 DOQ. The City will also offer an outstanding fringe benefit package.  Residency within the City is required.  Interested candidates should apply online by April 5, 2019 with a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least five (5) professional references to www.GovHRjobs.com and to the attention of Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL  60062. Tel: (224) 282-8310.

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Posted:Mar 12, 2019

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