City managers are top administrators who navigate the middle ground between elected officials, city councils, and constituents to administer a city’s local government. They are hired employees who answer directly to the city council.
What do City Manager’s do?
City managers are usually the chief executive in a city. They are responsible for carrying out the local policy set forth by the city council. They are in charge of a city’s staff and work closely with the mayor and other department heads to ensure all parts of the city government are working efficiently.
Official hours are usually Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00 pm. Duties of a city manager will, however, require many after hour meetings and weekend events.
City Manager Salary:
The average salary for a city manager is $85,303.
While there is not a specific level of education required, the Masters of Public Administration is the preferred degree. For extremely competitive city managers jobs, a Master’s in Public Administration may be required.
How to become a City Manager:
The role of city manager is one that will require the right career progression. A candidate on the path to becoming a city manager would most likely be on the head of a department of a city & have worked as an assistant city manager for several years.
A city manager of a small city is charged with overseeing and attracting new development. One new development is not progressing as quickly as the city council would like, therefore leading the council to pass new ordinances requiring developers to complete certain parts of their projects within a six month period.
The city manager would:
1. Visit with developers to talk about a smooth transition to the new ordinances.
2. Speak with prospective developers who are considering coming to the area to explain what the changes will mean for them if they choose to bring their business to the city.
3. Use social media as a form of communication to inform the community about the new project.