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City Manager

City of Garden City

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The City of Garden City is currently accepting resumes for a City Manager



Originally chartered in 1939, Garden City is located in the heart of Chatham County, just northwest of Savannah, and stands apart as one of the leading municipalities in coastal Georgia.  With a population of under 9,000 people, Garden City is a progressive blend of industry and small business with friendly neighborhoods, a vibrant economy and quality services for our community and its residents.  Part industrial and part residential, the City is home to much of the heavy industry in the county and is adjacent to the Port of Savannah, the flagship operation of the Georgia Ports Authority.

Garden City is governed by a seven-member City Council comprised of the Mayor and six elected Councilmembers.  Garden City is a full-service municipality which provides everything from police and fire protection to water/sewer service, solid waste collection, street and drainage maintenance, recreational programs and facilities, code enforcement and more.  Garden City has a stable, Council-Manager form of government which encourages open communication between residents and their government.  Our City is known as a great place to live, work and play with approximately 115 employees.

The City’s budget for FY 20-21 is $23.7 million with a general fund budget of approximately $10 million dollars.



The City Manager is tasked with the planning, organizing and directing the overall administrative activities and operations of the City; advising and assisting the Mayor and City Council; representing the City’s interests with other government agencies, business interests and the community at large; and exercising direct supervision and management of the entire city staff through the City’s respective departments.

Responsibilities of the City Manager include:

  • Plans, directs, and defines the organization of City administration to ensure the coordinated and efficient operational function across all departments to meet the goals and objectives established by Mayor and City Council.
  • Recruits, selects, trains, and motivates City employees and department heads; provides or coordinates staff development; works with employees to correct deficiencies; coordinates and implements discipline and termination procedures.
  • Represents the City to outside groups and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees.
  • Provides highly responsible staff support to the City Council; develops agendas for Council; prepares City Manager reports for Council; maintains frequent communications with Council members; attends all City Council meetings.
  • Responds to citizen requests and complaints in conjunction with appropriate City staff; researches situations and prepares responses and action plans for resolution.
  • Acts or appoints a specific employee to serve as department head when vacant positions exist.
  • Researches and prepares technical and administrative reports and studies; prepares written correspondence as necessary.
  • Oversees all contractual agreements and major purchases.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, and associations, City department heads, staff and the public.
  • Reviews and acknowledges all City Department Head policy recommendations and agenda reports to City Council.
  • Ensures that the laws applicable upon the City and the charter, code, ordinances and resolutions of the City are faithfully observed and enforced.
  • Disseminates public information affecting City-wide programs; responds to public inquiries, complaints and concerns in a tactful, timely, and respectful manner.
  • Works with the City Attorney and all other attorneys on any legal issues involving the City.
  • Researches and prepares various projects and reports; presents findings and makes recommendations to the City Council for solving administrative problems and for the development and implementation of new or special administrative programs; assures that programs are implemented and evaluated.
  • Manages, directs, and develops systems for long-range planning and prioritization and completion of projects and programs.  Works closely with departments to ensure that the City’s goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Researches, prepares and documents informational studies or responses to inquiries from a variety of sources; compiles and tabulates data to prepare reports.
  • Monitors pending federal and state legislation affecting municipal governments and secures policy direction from the Mayor and Council and communicates with legislators.
  • Prepares and manages most major city contracts with outside vendors.
  • Assumes responsibility or delegates responsibility to other City staff as it relates to construction projects.
  • Participates in all City Council meetings and workshops.
  • Administers the City’s Human Resources (HR) program and City personnel policies with assistance from the HR Director.
  • Oversees all department head performance evaluations.  Administers disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal as defined by the City’s personnel policies.
  • Oversees all aspects of municipal projects and contracts.
  • Oversees the administration of the annual budget.
  • Devotes full time to the duties of the office and the best interest of the City.



The ideal candidate will have considerable progressively responsible experience in leading others, and must have a proven record as an experienced, ethical leader who can manage projects and address complex issues in an administrative and managerial capacity.  The candidate must also have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with various stakeholders, customers and other government entities while being a creative problem solver.

Desirable education qualifications for the City Manager is a master's degree with a concentration in public administration, public affairs, and/or public policy (or an equivalent combination of executive management and leadership experience) combined with at least two years' experience in an appointed managerial or executive position in local government; he/she should possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field combined with five years of executive management and leadership experience in either the public or private sector.



The expected starting salary for this position is $95,000 to $125,000 depending on the qualifications, the experience and knowledge of the individual selected.  The City offers an attractive benefits package including a retirement plan through the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System (GMEBS) Retirement Fund along with a voluntary deferred 457b plan and a matching contribution through ICMA.



If interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at or send a resume, cover letter, with professional references no later than close of business on September 17 to    Resumes will be screened based on the qualifications and criteria outlined above.  Candidates will only be contacted if selected for an interview.  All applicants will be advised of the status of the recruitment following the final selection of the City Manager.


The City of Garden City is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, taking affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

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