Lamar is home to approximately 4,500 citizens. The City is a Fourth-Class City and also the County Seat of Barton County. The City Administrator shall be the chief administrative assistant to the Mayor and shall lead the day to day general superintending control of the administration and management of the government business, officers and employees of the city, subject to the direction and supervision of the City Council and Mayor.
The City Administrator will find Lamar a friendly community with the usual challenges and opportunities that are characteristic to our size. The ideal candidate will be a creative, progressive, and visionary municipal professional with a positive approach to leadership. The City Administrator will oversee the implementation of policies/ordinances established by the City Council. The primary goal will be to guide Lamar on the path of continuous, sustainable growth, maintaining a safe and high quality of life for its citizens while honoring its heritage, history, and small-town culture. Previous budget and accounting experience will be required to skillfully guide the City in developing budgets, identifying new sources of revenue, implementing cost saving programs, and meeting current and future fiduciary responsibilities. An Economic Development philosophy and municipal finance skills are a plus to ensure opportunities are sought and implemented using fiscally responsible processes and procedures. Evaluation of existing procedures, programs and departments will be needed to make the best use of the City’s resources. Experience with municipal utilities services, and long term strategic planning is strongly desired. Positive leadership of our employees and strong communication skills with our citizens, organizations, community and council and key to successful city administration.
A Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, or an advanced degree in a related field from an accredited college or university is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with five years of experience as a city administrator/manager or as an assistant city administrator/manager. A combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills will be considered. ICMA credentialing a plus. Residency is required. The starting salary range for this position is $70,000 to $90,000 depending on qualifications and experience. A full benefit package is also included in this position.
First review March 16, 2018. Position will remain open until filled.
Qualified applicants should submit applications to Bev Baker, City Clerk, or may also request further information at City Hall, 1104 Broadway, Lamar, MO 64759. Phone number is 417.682.5554, Ext 5.
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