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DeKalb, IL - City Manager

DeKalb, IL (pop. 43,849) is a historic, rural university community located 65 miles west of Chicago along the booming I-88 corridor in DeKalb County. DeKalb offers larger city entertainment, recreational and employment opportunities while maintaining a small town atmosphere and cost of living.  The City is seeking highly collaborative leaders with an understanding of municipal operations, economic development and community engagement to serve as its next City Manager. The City Manager is appointed by and reports to the Mayor elected at large, and seven (7) Council members elected by wards for four-year overlapping terms.  Please note the following:

  • The City has been undergoing an economic resurgence with redevelopment in the downtown resulting in new restaurants, condominium and apartment buildings and other retail businesses including a grocery store.  The City has also seen the extensive development of Park 88, an Industrial Park with more than 7 million square feet of space spread over 565 acres.  The park is 50% occupied with large distribution centers/light manufacturing that includes Target, 3M, Nestle, Goodyear and Panduit.
  • The City has a $90 million total budget, with 201 full-time and 46 part-time employees serving the community. The City Manager is responsible for the appointment of department heads which include Police, Fire, Public Works, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Community Development.  The City has several bargaining units that represent employees in the collective bargaining process.
  • The City enjoys a collaborative working relationship with Northern Illinois University (home to 17,000 students) initiating the Proudly DeKalb ( community marketing campaign that includes residents, businesses and non profit organizations as well.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree.  A Master’s degree or other advanced degree is highly desired. In addition, candidates should have increasingly responsible executive leadership and management in local government or comparable field.  Non traditional candidates with experience in the private, non profit, military or other governmental sectors are encouraged to apply. A proven record in effective service delivery, financial management and creative problem solving, with an approachable, welcoming style with the community and staff is essential. Starting salary: $150,000+/- DOQ with excellent benefits. Residency is required within 6 months of appointment. Apply electronically to with résumé, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references by October 8, 2018 ATTN:  Heidi Voorhees President, GovHRUSA. 

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Posted:September 4,2018


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