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Decatur, IL - City Manager

Decatur, IL (73,814) - The City of Decatur, IL is seeking an experienced, innovative and personable City Manager to help the Mayor & Council lead this dynamic and vibrant community.  The Council is looking for a proven leader to take the reins of the municipal organization with 438 employees and an annual budget of $175 million.  They are seeking candidates with strong experience in municipal finance and budgeting, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, intergovernmental collaboration and municipal services. 

Although the City of Decatur faces many of the same economic challenges as do many municipalities across the country these days, its strong local economy is underpinned by the presence of two Fortune 50 companies, ADM and Caterpillar, who together employ over 7000 people locally. In addition, the community has a large and growing health care industry with over 4,500 employees. As Decatur is located in the heart of the most productive farm land in the world, the agriculture sector has been a huge part of Decatur’s local economy since its inception. Decatur was recently ranked the number 1 community in the nation for Agriculture Bioscience Employment. Decatur is also home to Millikin University, ranked 9th best Midwest University by U.S. News and World Report.

The residents of Decatur enjoy a rich quality of life that is reflected in its beautiful parks, wonderful recreational opportunities such as Lake Decatur, plentiful entertainment venues, and some of the best dining options that one could expect to find outside of a major metropolitan area.  If one does want to enjoy the amenities commonly provided in large metropolitan areas, the world class cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are all within a three-hour drive of Decatur.  With its small-town friendliness and midwestern values, Decatur is poised to grow. It was recently ranked in the top 25 American Cities for Global Trade by Global Trade Magazine.

The City Manager of Decatur is appointed by the Mayor and six Council Members, all elected at-large on a non-partisan basis, and is responsible for the administration of the City’s goals, policies and programs as well as the management of all municipal services. In addition to the desired traits and experience levels mentioned above, the Council hopes to find a City Manager with a demonstrated track record of success. Candidates should possess a thorough working knowledge of all facets of municipal operations.  The Mayor & Council will place a premium on candidates with a demonstrated background in developing innovative and creative approaches to the operation of local government and to problem-solving particularly in the areas of neighborhood revitalization and economic growth.

  • They are seeking candidates who are excellent negotiators but who are also approachable and have a reputation for establishing strong relationships among all key stakeholder groups in a socio-economically and racially diverse community.
  • He or she also needs to demonstrate that they are an excellent communicator with the Council, staff and the community. 
  • A bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, public policy or a related field is required
  • A minimum of five (5) years of highly responsible managerial work experience, such as a City Manager or a senior level administrator in a city, county, state or federal agency.  
  • A master's degree (MPA or MBA) or other advanced degree, is strongly desired.
  • Residency within the corporate limits of the City of Decatur is required within one year of appointment. 

Starting salary range is $175,000-$190,000 DOQ/E with excellent benefits. Submit résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by October 19, 2018 to to the attention of Mark R. Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL  60062 Tel: 847-380-3240

Posted:Sep 19,2018

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