City Manager

Organization: City of Laredo, Texas
Close Date: September 2, 2019

Job Description:

The City of Laredo was incorporated in 1775. It is located on the north bank of the historical Rio Grande River at the southern end of I-35 and very close to the manufacturers in northern Mexico. The streets of downtown Laredo provide an absorbing history lesson, with architecture and museums that tell the tales of 261-years-in-the-making, from the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum to the 119-year old Washington's Birthday Celebration and its museum, all found within Laredo's establishing epi-center, the Villa de San Agustin Historic District. More stories are to be discovered in five other significant historic districts throughout an easy distance from Laredo's iconic San Agustin Plaza. In between food, history and hotels, there are many options for activities to take in while in Laredo.

Laredo covers 102.6 square miles and has a growing population of more than 260,000. Laredoís economy is significantly based on international trade with Mexico. The City is home to the largest inland port in the United States. Laredo owns, maintains and operates four international bridges which generate a combined toll revenue in excess of $67 million of which a large portion becomes part the Cityís General Fund.

Laredoís government operates under the council-manager form of government. The policy-making and legislative authority are vested to the City Council consisting of the Mayor and eight Council members. The governing council is responsible, among other things for passing ordinances, adopting budgets, appointing committees, and the hiring of the City Manager. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the City Council, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government, and for appointing the directors of the various departments. The Council is elected on a non-partisan basis. Council members may serve up to two (2) four (4) year terms. The Mayor is elected to serve a four-year term with a limit of two (2) terms. All council members are elected by district. The Mayor is elected at large.

Laredo provides a full range of municipal services including police and fire protection, parks, recreational and cultural activities, libraries, recycling services, public health and social services, municipal housing, animal care facility, public improvements, public bus transportation, water and wastewater services, sanitation services, four international bridges, an international airport, planning and zoning, and general administrative services. The Cityís current operating budget is $695 million (about $200 million General Fund). The City has 29 departments and employs approximately 2,564 employees.

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Minimum Requirements include:
Bachelorís Degree from an accredited College or University with no less than seven (7) years of experience in municipal government, five (5) of which must be supervisory/managerial experience.

Desired Qualifications include:
Masterís degree and at least ten (10) years of experience in municipal government with seven (7) of these having been in the supervisory/management capacity of a City Manager, Assistant City Manager or Department Director; ICMA-CM City Manager Credential; and Economic Development Certification.

Compensation: The beginning salary will be negotiable depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate. Laredo provides a full and excellent benefit package that includes health, dental, life insurance and a pension plan.

To Apply: The position will remain open until filled and the process will move forward upon receipt of an adequate pool of well qualified applicants. If interested, please email your resume and cover letter with your current salary to For best results, please respond by September 2, 2019. For additional information about this opportunity, contact Robert E. Slavin, President at (770) 449-4656 or David Krings, Midwest Regional Director at (513) 200-4222


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