Now Recruiting – City Manager

Annual salary: $124,573.80
The city provides an excellent benefits package.
Application deadline: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Incorporated in 1969, the City of Waterford (pop. 8,500) is a small dynamic community located in the eastern portion of Stanislaus County and adjacent to the Tuolumne River. This agricultural community boasts a friendly suburban vibe that reflects pride in its small-town atmosphere. The community has top ranked schools, a small but growing business community, and is known as the “Gateway to Recreation” with award-winning river trails, area lakes and reservoirs nearby. The City limits cover 2.4 square miles.

The City of Waterford is a general law city that is governed by a five (5) member City Council. City Council Members are elected at large to 4-year terms, and the Mayor is elected at-large to a 2-year term. The City employs 15 full-time employees and 7 part-time employees. The City contracts out for police services, building, planning, engineering, and legal services adding another 20 employees. The City has a General Fund operating budget of approximately $3,000,000 and $10,000,000 overall with 50% General Fund reserves. With its strong agricultural vitality, Waterford seeks to diversify its industrial and retail base through a focus on economic development.

The new City Manager will assist the City Council in addressing issues relating to well managed growth, infrastructure improvements, economic development, budget and financing strategies.

The ideal candidate for this position should be a strategic thinker and an energetic, team-oriented participative manager. The new City Manager will possess the utmost integrity and will quickly earn the respect of the organization. Waterford’s City Manager must be fair; but firm; take a team-oriented approach, inspire accountability as well as transparency; and, be able to make difficult decisions based on thorough research. The City Manager will lead the organization in its commitment of quality service to the community.

The City Manager will have solid negotiation skills and will always be looking out for the best interests of the community. The new City Manager is expected to possess strong interpersonal skills, be loyal to and embrace the small town atmosphere, have economic development experience, and be visible and accessible to residents as well as representatives of the business community. The City Manager will lead the organization in its pursuit of becoming an excellent local government; be politically astute, responsive to Council requests, and keep all members of the City Council equally informed. Achieving this goal requires the City to excel in its policies, processes and projects, and to remain financially balanced, flexible and resilient. Proven, successful local government management and leadership experience are critical.
The City Council will appoint the City Manager. The City Manager will have experience in executive roles in a public agency, such as city manager, assistant city manager, department head or similar position; demonstrated experience in preparing and administering budgets in a public agency setting; and, excellent written communication skills. The successful candidate will have 8 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in municipal government and possess a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, finance, economics or a related field (Master’s degree is preferred).

The annual salary for the City Manager starts at $124,573.80 (Grade 56).

Employee benefit packages include:
• Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) 2.5% @ 55 for Classic Members with 8% Employee Contribution. New CalPERS Members 2% @ 62 with 6.25% Employee Contribution.
• Medical, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance with 8% Employee Contribution.
• 11 Paid Holidays, with 1 Floating Holiday.
• Full-time employees accumulate 80 hours of vacation per year increasing to a maximum of 160 hours based on years of service.
• Annual Administrative Leave of 40 hours.
• Employees work a 9/80 Work Schedule, City Manager schedule negotiable.
• Deferred Compensation Plan – Employee Funded.
• Employee Assistance Program.

Interested candidates should apply immediately by submitting a cover letter and detailed resume to

Final selection of candidates will be based on the combination of education and experience that best fits the City of Waterford. Confidential inquiries about the position may be directed to Corbett Browning, City Attorney at (209) 383-9334 or via email at

City Manager Brochure

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