City Manager – City of Polson, MT

This is an outstanding opportunity to become City Manager of a growing and progressive full-service City in northwestern Montana that operates under the Commissioner-Manager form of government. Polson is a resort community located on Flathead Lake, the largest body of fresh water west of the Great Lakes.  The City Commission is seeking an experienced, modern City Manager to replace the existing one who resigned about a year ago. Needed is someone to provide leadership to the City staff, be involved in and communicate effectively with the public and to take the City to the next level of success.

A Bachelor’s degree required from a four-year college/university in the field of Public Administration, Political Science, Business Management or closely related field. A Master’s degree is a plus. In addition, at least 5 years of applicable experience in public sector administration needed. Experience in establishing and administering a resort tax a plus, as well as experience in establishing a successful capital facilities program.

Necessary knowledge, skills and abilities of the successful candidate for City Manager are set out in the Recruitment Brochure at
The City Manager is appointed to a contractual position by the City Commission and serves at its pleasure for an indefinite term. The City Manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City and for working under the broad policy guidance of the City Commission. The City Manager exercises supervision over all municipal employees either directly or through subordinate supervisors. The City Manager directs and coordinates all City services and enforces the City Charter, municipal ordinances and resolutions established by the City Commission.

Specific powers and duties of the City Manager are found in the Recruitment Brochure at Peripheral duties of the City Manager are also shown in the Recruitment Brochure.

The successful candidate for the City Manager position must reside within the limits of the City of Polson within a reasonable time following employment. A person that will commit to a significant tenure in Polson is highly desired.

Polson is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Montana, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana.  The City is a resort community located on the Flathead Indian Reservation (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes). Polson is located approximately 70 miles north of Missoula, 50 miles south of Kalispell, and 70 miles from Glacier National Park. The elevation of Polson is 2927 feet. The 2016 estimated population for Polson was 4,777 and for Lake County was 29,758. The City was named after pioneer rancher David Polson.

Polson was organized in 1910 and is classified as a third class city in the state of Montana.

The City of Polson operates under a self-government Charter. The legislative branch of the City is the City Commission, which is the governing body of the City. The City Commission is composed of six (6) Commissioners, two elected from each of three (3) wards and a Mayor elected at-large.

The City Manager is the chief executive and chief administrative officer of the City. The City Manager is appointed by the City Commission on the basis of merit only and may be removed only by the affirmative action of 4 members of the City Commission.

The City of Polson is a full-service City government. The City has 43 full-time non-unionized employees. The total City budget for FY 2018-2019 is $17,942,822M. There is a 16.67% fund balance reserve in the General Fund.

The starting salary will be market competitive DOQ/E, plus an auto allowance, technology allowance and a competitive benefits package.

For additional information on this outstanding opportunity, please contact James Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc. at 505-660-7725 or via e-mail at   [email protected]

Confidential resumes, cover letters and salary history should be sent by COB February 28, 2020, via e-mail, hard copy or fax, to: James Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc., 1000 Cordova Place, #726, Santa Fe, NM 87505.  Voice: 505-466-9500; Cell: 505-660-7725; Fax: 505-466-1274.  E-Mail: [email protected]; Website: EOE.