City Manager

Organization: City of Shelton, Washington
Salary: The compensation for the City Manager will be highly competitive and will include a generous fringe benefit package. The City will pay reasonable and customary moving expenses.
Close Date: The position will remain open until filled.

Job Description:

Located just 25 minutes northwest of Olympia on the shores of Oakland Bay at the southernmost tip of Puget Sound, Shelton covers 6.11 square miles and has approximately 10,700 residents. Shelton is the only city in Mason County which is one of the fastest growing counties in Washington. The City is rich in history, culture and natural beauty. As you approach Shelton you see quiet harbors and homes along the pristine shoreline and the densely forested hills. While the City has increased in population of late, it has managed to preserve its friendly aura and natural environment.

The City was incorporated in 1890 as a general purpose municipal government. It operates under the laws of the State of Washington applicable to a non-charter code city under the Council-Manager form of government. Until this year, Shelton was the last city in Washington with a three-member commission form of government. Shelton voters just approved a change to a council/manager government which took effect on May 15, 2018. So, this is really Shelton’s first City Manager position. Previous City Commissions were well served by former City Administrators and the new City Council is dedicated to ensuring that the City Manager and the Council work successfully together as a team. The new City Council consists of the three continuing commissioners and four newly elected members. All are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis to four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor is selected from the membership.

The new City Manager will be appointed by majority vote of the 7-member new City Council and will be responsible for overall management of City business and the oversight and supervision of all City departments. The City Manager will ensure that the City Council goals, policies and directives are carried out by the appropriate City departments and will also be responsible for preparation of the annual budget, controlling expenditures, human resource management, intergovernmental relations, legislative activities, and a variety of other duties related to management of the City. The City Manager will also assist the City Council by providing regular written communication, completing research and information gathering, and by acting as an advisor to the Council concerning policies and City ordinances. Additionally, the successful candidate will represent the City’s interest to various county, state and federal agencies.

The City of Shelton has 95 employees and nearly a $49 million all funds budget. The City’s management team consists of the department heads who enjoy collegial and cooperative working relationships. The City provides a wide range of municipal services including: City Management, Municipal Court, City Clerk, Legal, Human Resources, Information Technology, Community Development, Parks and Recreation, Police Department, Roads & Streets and Sewer & Water. Visit Shelton on the web at: .

Requirements include a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in public administration, business management, or closely related field and ten years of related experience, with a minimum of five years of experience as a city manager, assistant city manager, or exempt level department head, or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above duties. A master's degree in a related field and ICMA/CM is preferred.

The compensation for the City Manager will be highly competitive and will include a generous fringe benefit package. The City will pay reasonable and customary moving expenses.

To Apply: The position will remain open until filled and will move forward immediately upon receipt of a sufficient pool of well-qualified applicants. If interested, please email your resume and cover letter with current salary immediately to:

For additional information about this position, contact Robert E. Slavin, President, Slavin Management Consultants by phone at (770) 449-4656 or by email at


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