Deputy County Administrator

Organization: Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Salary: A highly competitive beginning salary combined with an exceptional benefit program is provided.
Close Date: May 5, 2008

Job Description:

Kalamazoo County is located in western Michigan, about equidistant between Detroit and Chicago. It covers 576 square miles. The County’s population is approximately 240,000. Kalamazoo County contains four cities, 15 townships and four villages. The City of Kalamazoo is both the County’s largest city and the county seat. This is an ICMA recognized government with 1,000 employees, a $83M budget and triple A bond ratings by Moody's and S&P. Kalamazoo County offers a highly professional and very stable work environment and a strong commitment to professional development.

The County is governed by a 17-member County Board of Commissioners (County Board) responsible for establishing policies, adopting the budget, appointing committee memberships, and hiring the County Administrator/Controller (Administrator). The Administrator is responsible for carrying out the policies set by the County Board and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the County. County Board members are elected on a partisan basis every two years from districts. Five additional elected officers (some department heads) are elected at-large on a partisan basis to four-year terms.

The Deputy County Administrator (DCA) reports to and serves at the pleasure of the County Administrator. The DCA has direct and indirect authority over approximately 330 employees with assignments to the following units: Human Resources, Animal Services & Enforcement, Health and Community Services, Parks and Fairground, Planning & Development, and Administrative Services. The DCA serves as second in command to the County Administrator and is one of four key advisors to the County Administrator. The DCA also provides staff support to standing committees of the County Board and various commissions and committees. For more information, visit the County on the web at

The ideal Deputy County Administrator (DCA) candidate is an experienced local government manager or full assistant with a strong, proven record of accomplishments and a strong professional commitment and will have unquestionable integrity and outstanding interpersonal skills. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field and five years of experience as a local government chief executive or full assistant or a comparable combination of education, training, and experience. Prefer specific interest, skill and knowledge of Human Resources. Also, prefer an MPA. Must be adept at working with a policy-making board and have knowledge of county government administration. Needs ability to analyze and interpret technical information and to demonstrate superior verbal and written communication (including presentation) skills. Must be a problem-solver with a commitment to quality improvement.

A highly competitive beginning salary combined with an exceptional benefit program is provided.

Please send a cover letter, resume and current salary by Monday, May 5, 2008 to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848

Kalamazoo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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