Peoria, IL (population 110,417). GovHR USA is pleased to announce the recruitment of candidates for the Assistant City Manager for the City of Peoria, Illinois. Peoria is located midway between Chicago and St. Louis, in central Illinois on the Illinois River. Greater Peoria strikes the perfect balance between big-city life and small-town atmosphere. The neighborhoods are safe, and ethnically, culturally and racially diverse. The City has a strong base of residential, commercial and educational properties.
A four-time All-America City, Peoria and the surrounding metro area is among the most favorable regions in the country for cost of living, at about 13 percent below the national average. A 2016 national survey ranked the Peoria metropolitan area 26th out of 190 communities surveyed, the highest ranking of any region in Illinois. Outstanding park districts offer unique art activities and recreational options for every member of the family. By cultivating and embracing a culture of well-being, Peoria’s leaders of government, business, education, healthcare, faith, and the arts embrace the philosophy that improving the well-being of its people is a vital aspect of serving the community.
The City of Peoria is a full-service community with 615 FTEs and a total budget of just over $200 million, including a $100 million General Fund. The City is a home rule municipality and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of the Mayor (elected at-large) and ten council members, who are elected for four-year terms. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the chief administrative officer of the City. All department heads, including the Assistant City Manager, are appointed by and directly report to the City Manager.
About the Position
The Assistant City Manager (ACM) serves as a key member of the City’s leadership team with direct responsibility for the management of assigned departments and effective implementation of City-wide strategic initiatives and policies. The position coordinates daily interdepartmental activities and identifies, analyzes and proposes solutions to operational procedures and problems, staff and budgetary issues. The ACM provides highly responsible staff assistance to the City Manager and serves as a resource to other departments. The position acts as City Manager in the City Manager’s absence.
The ACM provides direct supervision to the Chief Information Officer and Emergency Communications Center Manager, providing oversight in those functions. The position also directly supervises the Economic Development staff and serves as the Economic Development Leader for the City, assisting the City Manager with establishing economic development programs and practices that lead to private sector projects that result in capital investment, job creation, creative and niche development, recreation and entertainment venues, and other quality developments.
Opportunities and challenges for the Assistant City Manager include:
· Participating in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs in the wake of recent pandemic induced reductions in staff within the organization.
· Overseeing and participating in the negotiations of comprehensive development agreements between the City and the private sector, evaluating fiscal impacts, communicating decisions, and presenting reports and agreements to the City Manager and City Council.
· Conducting goal setting and long and short-range planning for the administration, organization and operations as the organization recalibrates to face new and existing challenges.
· Recruitment, hiring, and training of additional staff to maintain effective operations within areas of responsibility.