County Administrator

Organization: Unified Government Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kansas
Salary: DOQ
Close Date: January 15, 2014 @ 5pm CST

Job Description:

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas was created on October 1, 1997 by a citizen vote for consolidation. Wyandotte County is the smallest geographic county in Kansas at 156 square miles and the fourth most populous at 159,000; located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. The Unified Government represents about 5.5% of the population of the State of Kansas (2.9 million), and 8% of the Kansas City Metropolitan area (2.0 million). Kansas City is the third largest city in both the State of Kansas and the KC Metro area.

Wyandotte County, though unified, contains three distinct cities. Kansas City represents more than 90% of both the land mass and population with 147,000 people. In the southwest corner are Edwardsville (4,400) and Bonner Springs (7,400). Both Edwardsville and Bonner Springs have their own Mayor, City Council, Police and Fire Departments, and a Unified School District. Both cities also participate in the Unified Government voting on a District Commissioner, both At-Large Commissioners, and the Mayor. The three cities have a strong cooperative relationship, especially in the area of economic development.

The Unified Government Board of Commissioners is an eleven (11) member governing body. The Commission is comprised of a Mayor/CEO who is nominated and elected at-large; and also serves as the Chief Elective Officer of the Unified Government. There are ten (10) Commission members. Eight (8) of the Commission members are nominated and elected from districts. Two (2) at-large Commission members are nominated from districts and elected at-large. The Mayor/CEO has veto power and presides over the Board of Commissioners, casting a vote only in the case of a tie or as otherwise required. According to the Charter of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, the Mayor has the authority to “recruit, screen, and evaluate appropriate candidates for County Administrator and conduct interviews with said candidates.” Further, “the Mayor shall appoint…, with the consent of the Commission, the County Administrator.” The Unified Government provides both traditional municipal and county services. The total approved FY2014 Unified Government budget is $269,817,809; of which $136.9 M constitutes the general fund. There are approximately 2,200 employees.

The County Administrator is the highest level management position in the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. The County Administrator directs and supervises the day to day operations of city/county departments including the Kansas City, Kansas Police and Fire Departments. The County Administrator has oversight of personnel matters including the appointment of senior level management staff.

By Charter, the County Administrator must be “appointed on the basis of executive, managerial and administrative qualifications as demonstrated by a verified record of training and experience.” Ideal candidates will possess a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and ten (10) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a public agency; demonstrating a record of measurable management and community accomplishments. Exhibit experience with neighborhood revitalization, fiscal management, application of innovative solutions to urban challenges and the ability to partner with public and private organizations. Possess strong leadership skills, proven strength in land use planning, redevelopment, community/economic development, commission/administrator relations, budgeting/finance, infrastructure maintenance/expansion, organizational development and community relations. Chief Executive (City/County) experience from a community of comparable size and complexity is preferred.

The Unified Government offers a comprehensive salary and benefit package. Approximate starting salary: DOQ

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Submit resume and cover letter with current salary no later than 5:00 p.m. CST, January 15, 2014 to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656 / Email: / Website:

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