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Decatur, GA - City Manager

Decatur, GA (pop. 24,000).  Welcoming, historic city with beautiful neighborhoods and an exciting downtown seeks highly progressive, visionary candidates to apply to serve as the next City Manager.  A 2018 All-America City, Decatur is dedicated to engaging its citizenry in strategic and comprehensive planning to ensure smart growth and responsiveness to community issues.  Located adjacent to Atlanta, Decatur is the county seat for DeKalb County and is known for its excellent school system, political and administrative stability, collaboration with community partners and numerous festivals that are an important part of the fabric of this diverse community. 

  • The City Manager is appointed by the five elected City Commission members.  The current City Manager is retiring after serving in that capacity for 25 years. Decatur has had only two City Managers in the last 45 years. The City Commission is the legislative and policymaking body for the City of Decatur. Operating under the council-manager form of government, five City Commissioners are elected in nonpartisan elections for overlapping four-year terms: two from District 1, two from District 2, and one At-Large. Each January, Commissioners elect two of their fellow members to serve as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.
  • The City has a $58 million total budget, which includes a $26 million general fund budget.  Decatur is a full service city including police, fire, public works, community and economic development, planning and zoning, finance, human resources, active living, children and youth services, civic engagement, communications and marketing, and special events.  The City has 204 full-time employees, and 150 part-time seasonal employees.  The City’s operations are organized under three Assistant City Managers: the ACM for Administrative Services, the ACM for Community and Economic Development Services and the ACM for Public Works.   The City Manager’s office also includes a Deputy City Manager for Capital Construction.
  • The City works closely with community and institutional partners including the City Schools of Decatur (CSD), Decatur Arts Alliance, the DeKalb History Center, the Decatur Business Association, the Wylde Center, Welcoming America, Leadership DeKalb, Decatur Makers, the Decatur Housing Authority and many, many others, all dedicated to community building and working together to share facilities when possible and to advance the strategic goals of the City.  The City is home to Agnes Scott College, a highly regarded private liberal arts college for women with 1100 students and Columbia Seminary, which offers a graduate theology program.  Emory University and Georgia State University are nearby.  Decatur’s downtown district is home to a MARTA station which connects its residents easily to the City of Atlanta and the greater metropolitan area, including Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Candidates for the Decatur City Manager position must be experienced local government leaders with a commitment to strategic planning, excellence in customer service, financial stability and a desire for ongoing innovation in local government policymaking.  In addition, candidates must have a management and leadership style that reflects collaboration, team building and a calm, professional demeanor. Continuing the City’s focus on professional development for employees throughout the organization is essential.  Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration or related field.  A master’s degree in public administration, business administration or other field is highly valued.  ICMA Credentialed Manager designation is also desirable. Residency in the City of Decatur is strongly preferred.  Starting salary range is $170,000 - $180,000+/- DOQ.  Interested candidates should apply by October 8, 2018, with a resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references to Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHRUSA.  Electronic submissions required at 

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Posted:September 4, 2018

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