City Manager – Newcastle, WA

Located 13 miles southeast of Seattle, the City of Newcastle is seeking an experienced City Manager to lead this peaceful residential community tucked in the hills between the larger cities of Bellevue, Renton, and Issaquah.

Newcastle is known for offering its 13,310 residents the convenience of metropolitan living with the comfort and community of a small town. The city is in close proximity to many corporate headquarters, including Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and Costco. Money Magazine has repeatedly named Newcastle as “100 Best Places to Live” and Safewise named Newcastle as the 10th safest city in Washington in 2022.

Incorporated in 1994, The City of Newcastle strives to be one of the best small towns in the country. City staff are an experienced, progressive group who work to provide a high level of service and foster a sense of community for the broad diversity of people who choose to call Newcastle home.  The departing City Manager has served the City since 2010.

Operating with a 2022 budget of $23,264,250 and a team of 28.6 FTEs, Newcastle’s departments include: City Manager, Community Development, City Clerk, Human Resources, Finance, Fire & EMS, Police, and Public Works. Police, fire, and attorney services are provided by contract.


The City of Newcastle seeks an experienced city management professional to lead this contract city in the best interest of its citizens with high standards of integrity. The ideal candidate will have the insight to appreciate Newcastle’s rich history, quality of life, and role in the region. As a creative problem solver, they will help guide the City as it grows, ensuring that such growth is pragmatic while retaining Newcastle’s sense of community.

The successful candidate will be a positive influence and advocate for the City, building trust by nature.  This person will bring a collaborative management style and have the ability to both attract, coach, and retain high quality staff. They should bring an exceptional understanding of public sector budgeting and finance as well as demonstrated success at obtaining grants and other funding opportunities.

The individual selected will be a strategic, forward thinker with highly-developed communication skills and the ability to navigate effective working relationships both inside and outside the organization.  Patience, honesty, transparency, and diplomacy are key attributes.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Public Administration or a closely related field. An advanced degree in public administration or related field is preferred.

A minimum of seven years professional experience, four of which shall be at the department director, assistant city manager, deputy city manager, or similar level of leadership responsibilities.

All new hires to the City will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date.

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GMP Consultants  is assisting the City of Newcastle with this search. Visit for a complete position profile, job description, and how to apply. The City of Newcastle is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First Review: June 5, 2022.