City Manager

Organization: City of Cooper City, FL
Salary: The position offers a competitive salary and benefits
Close Date: May 3, 2019

Job Description:

Cooper City, Florida, incorporated in 1959, is located in Broward County near Fort Lauderdale, the County seat. The City covers 8.34 square miles and has a current population of approximately 34,000. Cooper City is a high quality-of-life residential community widely known for its exceptional schools, low crime, proud and active citizens, political and administrative stability and for its outstanding local parks and sports facilities. This family-oriented community enjoys a high percentage of owner-occupied homes with young families and many school age children. Homes in Cooper City typically sell within days and at premium prices. The City is empowered to levy a property tax on both real and personal properties located within its boundaries. Although mostly built out and land locked, Cooper City also is empowered by State statute to extend its corporate limits by annexation, which occurs periodically when deemed appropriate by the City Commission.
Cooper City operates under the Mayor/City Commission/City Manager form of government. Policymaking and legislative authority are vested in a City Commission consisting of the Mayor and four other members. The City Commission is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees, and hiring both the City Manager and City Attorney. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the Commission, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government, and for appointing the heads of the various departments. The Commission is elected on a nonpartisan basis. Commission members serve four-year staggered terms, with two Commission members elected every two years. The Mayor is elected to serve a four-year term. The four Commission members are elected at-large to represent a certain district within the City. The Mayor is elected at-large.
The City provides a full range of services including police and fire protection through a contract with the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO); the construction and maintenance of streets and other infrastructure; water and sewer; stormwater; growth management; recreational activities and cultural events. Garbage services are provided through a franchise agreement with a private company. Cooper City employees are all non-union. There are 112 full-time equivalent employees. The City=s FY 2019 all funds budget is $71 million.

The City Manager, under the general direction of the City Commission, performs executive level administrative, technical, and professional work. Position has latitude in interpreting municipal policy and procedure. Responsibilities include exercising supervision over all municipal employees either directly or through subordinate supervisors, providing administrative direction to the City department directors.

Requires a Bachelor's Degree (Master=s Degree preferred) in Public Administration, Business Administration or related fields from an accredited college or university and ten (10) years of experience in local government management with at least three (3) years of experience as a city manager or assistant city manager. Must be self-confident with a strong quality service focus and have proven skills in finance and budget, organizational management, effective staff leadership, Manager/Commission relations, employee relations and have a working familiarity with current pertinent technology, Must possess strong interpersonal skills including written and verbal communications abilities. For additional information about the City of Cooper City, visit

Compensation for the City Manager will be highly competitive and will include an excellent benefit package. The City is prepared to pay reasonable and customary moving expenses. City residency is not required.

Application and Selection Process The position will remain open until filled and will move forward immediately upon receipt of a small pool of well-qualified applicants. For best results, please email your resume and cover letters with current salary by May 3, 2019 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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