The City of Cartersville, located 40 miles north of downtown Atlanta, is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of City Manager. Cartersville is a picturesque city of approximately 20,000 citizens located in Bartow County (pop. 102,000). Ideally located with easy access to Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains, Cartersville offers a community with a small-town feel while providing exceptional retail, restaurants and cultural opportunities including two Smithsonian affiliated museums. Along with the many leisure activities, including close proximately to Lake Altoona, comes a culture and lifestyle that is rooted in the charm of southern living.
Cartersville was the first city in the state to adopt the Council/Manager form of government in 1917 and has a history of being a stable progressive government. The current City Manager is retiring after 22 years of service having served with only three different Mayors during his tenure. He has built a professional staff that is highly experienced and long-tenured.
The City Manager serves at the pleasure of Mayor and Council and is responsible for implementing policy directives and managing the day-to-day operations of the City. Much of the City’s operations follow a private business model in supplying utility services to residents and businesses in the community. The City owns and operates six utilities. Those include electric, water/sewer, natural gas, solid waste, telecom/fiber and storm water. The City has been in the utility business for over 100 years. Cartersville has approximately 360 full-time employees.
Minimum qualifications of the new City Manager include a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in public administration, business administration, public finance, or related degree; seven years of executive level management experience in local governments of similar size and complexity to Cartersville is expected; previous experience as a City/County Manager/Administrator or an Assistant in a local government with multiple utility services is desirable.
The starting salary for the new City Manager will be based upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate; starting salary is expected to be in the range of $145,000-$160,000. An auto allowance or vehicle will be provided along with reasonable relocation expenses. The City also offers excellent retirement benefits to the Manager including a contribution of 15% of salary to a deferred compensation plan and participation in the City’s defined benefit plan. Additional benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long-term disability insurance; generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid sick leave.
Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, five job related references, and salary history by email NLT 5:00 p.m. (ET), March 16, 2018
Alan Reddish, Senior Vice President
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