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The City of Blakely, Georgia seeks applicants for the position of City Manager.

Blakely, the peanut capital of the world, is located in west Georgia just 32 miles from Dothan, AL. It is the county seat of Early County with a population in excess of 5,000. Blakely is a diverse city, rich in history and culture with unique downtown shopping, locally owned restaurants and more.

The elected leadership seeks an individual with impeccable integrity and a passion for improving the city organization, innovative leadership and improving the city’s enterprise operations. Blakely offers a full complement of services to its citizens, including all core municipal services plus natural gas and electric utility services.

An elected mayor and four council members govern the city. The City Manager is the chief administrative officer responsible for the city’s daily operation with direct oversight of all departments. The City Manager reports to the Mayor and City Council.

Five years of progressive experience in city management is preferred, with electric/natural gas utility experience as a plus. Applicants should provide evidence of leadership in managing change and crafting community initiatives. In addition, the successful candidate will possess a strong ethical compass, an ability to communicate vision as well as tactical goals and a capacity to traverse a political environment with direct experience in working with elected officials. An ability to collaborate with regional partners is also required, with an emphasis on relationship building and identifying resources. Core skills include financial expertise, including experience with the budgeting process, trend assessment and forecasting; organizational skills with an eye for efficiencies and the role of technology in that process; communication skills (both oral and written); excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for customer service. The successful candidate will possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Exceptional local government experience will be favorably considered. The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $130,000.

Underwood and Company is assisting the city in this search. Applications will be received until filled and screening of candidates will begin immediately. Application materials should include a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements; a resume; candidate’s contact information (phone and email) and the names, titles, addresses, business and home telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. Submission of these materials as PDF attachments is required.

Applications should be submitted to:

Tom Berry

Underwood and Company 229-221-3240

The City of Blakely is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer

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