The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves at its pleasure for an indefinite term. The City Manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City. Specific powers and duties of the City Manager are listed in the Recruitment Brochure.
The successful candidate for the City Manager position of the City of Sidney must reside within the limits of the City of Sidney within a reasonable time following his/her employment. A person that will commit to a significant tenure in Sidney is highly desired.
Sidney is a city in and the county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska. The City is nine miles north of the Colorado state line. It has an estimated population of 6,620 (2017). Sidney was founded on April 29, 1867, just 59 days after Nebraska became a state.
Cabela’s where it thrived and contributed greatly to the local economy for decades. After a series of events, Cabela’s was acquired by Bass Pro Shops about two years ago, which then moved numerous high-paying corporate jobs at Cabela’s to Springfield, MO. The City is doing well economically thanks in large part to the current City Manager, Economic Development Director and local entrepreneurs, but the mission is to continue a strong course of aggressive economic development for the future.
Because of its history, there is exceptional utility and infrastructure capacity and numerous high-quality buildings for lease or purchase and a well-trained labor force. The good news is: The current citizens of Sidney live in Sidney because they want to be there! There is also a fairly large influx of citizens from Colorado to Sidney who are in commuting distance to Denver. This is an economic plus! Sidney enjoys a high quality of life, with an excellent school system.
Sidney enjoys unparalleled demographics and logistics. It is served by four major highways and three railroads. The highways are Interstate 80, U. S. 385 running from Mexico to Canada, Lincoln National Highway U. S. 30 and Nebraska 19. The railroads are the Union Pacific (UP), Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Sidney & Lowe. The latter accesses an industrial park that serves as the nation’s third largest rail off-loading site, which is also becoming certified as a Free Trade Zone. Sidney’s proximity to Denver and the Rocky Mountains make it an ideal location for both business and recreation.
Due to the creation and coordination of the National Electrical Grid, the original interconnect between the east and west power grids was constructed just outside Sidney and it still exists today as one of four interconnects in the entire U. S. electrical system.
The City of Sidney operates under the Council-Manager form of government as provided in Nebraska State Statutes 19-68. The City Council has the responsibility for all legislative and policy matters, including enactment of ordinances and resolutions.
In 1950, the citizens of Sidney voted in the Council-Manager form of government and the City has had that form for nearly 70 years. Sidney is considered a first-class city in Nebraska. Of Nebraska’s 531 official cities, Sidney is the 24th largest City in the state. The different classes of cities in Nebraska are metropolitan, primary, first-class, second-class and villages.
The City of Sidney has been named the Community of the Year by the State of Nebraska nine times. The City was named one of the top 100 rural communities (under 50,000 population) in the United States by a national economist.
The starting salary will be in the range of $108,000 to $130,000 DOE/Q of the successful candidate. In addition, an auto and cell phone allowance and a competitive benefits package will be provided to the successful candidate.
For additional information on this outstanding opportunity, please contact James L. Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc. at 505-660-7725 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Confidential resumes, cover letters and salary history should be sent by close of business January 10, 2020, via e-mail or hard copy, to James L. Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc., 1000 Cordova Place 726, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
The successful candidate for City Manager is required to possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Political Science, Public Administration, Business or a closely related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. In addition, the successful candidate should possess at least seven (7) years of executive level management and supervisory experience as City/County Manager, an Assistant/Deputy City/County Manager or equivalent experience. Experience in economic development and redevelopment is highly preferred.
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The Mercer Group, Inc. is a equal opportunity employer