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Assistant City Manager Utility/Operations


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 The City of Albany, Georgia seeks applicants for the position of Assistant City Manager.
Beautifully positioned on the banks of the Flint River and known for its southern hospitality, Albany is the hub of Southwest Georgia for working, shopping, cultural activities, and education. Drawing from its 1853 origins as a trading and shipping city, Albany sits at the center of a storied region closely tied to America's early Native American culture and the antebellum age of the Old South. Outdoor destinations and an accessible downtown area enhance the tourist appeal of the City known as the "Pecan Capital of the World." Albany is called the Good Life City. With gorgeous year-round weather and a low cost of living, it is a great place to raise a family. Albany, with a population of 75,769, is the county seat of Dougherty County. The median resident age is 31.4 years, and the median home value is $97,300. Albany has developed a diversified industrial economy, which includes Proctor & Gamble, MillerCoors, and Mars Chocolate North America. In fact, since 1994, over $800 million has been invested in the community by local industries. Healthcare, education, and the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany are the largest employers. Manufacturing, transportation, tourism, and retail trade are also important foundations of Albany's economy, and the city acts as a center for commerce in southwest Georgia.
Distinguished from the same-named City in New York, Albany, Georgia, is in the heart of South Georgia tourism areas, the southern portion of Georgia's Southern Rivers Region. The City is located on US Highway 82 and covers approximately 57 square miles, flanking both sides of the Flint River. Albany is ideally situated only three hours from the beaches on the east coast and those on the Gulf of Mexico, with Atlanta just 183 miles north and Tallahassee 80 miles south. Lying below the land around Albany is the Floridan Aquifer, an ocean of fresh water that feeds the area's rivers and creeks and fuels its economy.
About the Organization
The City of Albany operates under a Commission/Manager form of government. The Board of City Commissioners is comprised of the Mayor, elected at-large, and six Commissioners representing individual wards, all serving four-year terms with no term limits. The City Commission sets policies, passes ordinances and resolutions, and appoints members to various boards, authorities, and commissions. The Commission appoints a professional City Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Commission also appoints the City Clerk, Assistant City Clerk, City Attorney, Municipal Judge, City Solicitor, and Public Defender. This position reports directly to the City Manager.
The City has approximately 1,031 employees delivering a full range of municipal services, including police, fire, solid waste, public works, transit, community, economic development, planning and development, technology and communications, parks and recreation, finance, human resources, water, and utilities. The annual utility budget for 2022 is $164 million.
The Ideal Candidate
The successful applicant will continue to develop the city’s diverse utility operations, managing eighteen subordinate supervisors with 550 employees. Specific areas of management responsibility include: Electricity; Natural Gas; Water; Stormwater; Sewer; Solid Waste; Street Maintenance; R.O.Ws; Trees; Planning and Engineering Services; Underground Hydraulic Drilling; Code Enforcement and Building Inspection; Civil, Traffic, and Utility Engineering; Land Surveying and GIS Mapping; Residential and Commercial Telecom Construction and Installation.
Minimum Qualifications
Ten years of progressive utility management is preferred, with experience in electricity, natural gas, water, sewer, telecommunications and public works operations. Applicants should provide evidence of leadership in managing change. In addition, the successful candidate will possess a strong ethical compass, an ability to

communicate vision as well as the ability to motivate and develop the employees in utility operations. 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. Marketing and Economic Development experience is a plus. The successful candidate will possess a minimum of a Master’s Degree in a technical discipline or an exceptional combination of education and experience in utility operations. A Professional Engineering certification is preferred.
The City of Albany offers a competitive salary range of $108,199.52 to $185,908.32, depending on education, experience, and training. Additionally, the City offers a retirement plan, including employee contribution and employer matching percentage through the City's Employee Pension Plan, and a voluntary 457 Plan. A full range of leave, insurance benefits and other benefits are provided. A health clinic is available at no charge for medical plan participants.
How to Apply:
A complete job announcement is available on our website at Underwood and Company is assisting the city in this search. Applications will be received until the position is 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.
 The City of Albany is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer
Applications should be submitted to: Tom Berry
Underwood and Company

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