Cleveland, Texas is located in Liberty County, just 45 miles north of Houston on U.S. Highway 59 and was founded in 1836. Centered among mixed pine and hardwood forests and surrounded by the East Fork, and San Jacinto Rivers, the Cleveland area is a beautiful environment where one can find most everything, they need to live a good life. With a thriving economy, great schools, churches, recreation, and friendly people, the City of Cleveland works in partnership with residents, businesses, and community leaders to provide a healthy, welcoming atmosphere where citizens choose to live, raise families, and take pride in their hometown. With an estimated population of 8,350, the city is growing into a community of opportunity and prosperity, while retaining the peacefulness of a Texas country town.
The Mayor & Council are seeking a highly skilled individual for their new City Manager to serve as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city and provide guidance and direction to ensure the efficient management and effective operation of the city. The City Manager will lead a city staff of approximately 105 employees and oversee an annual estimated general fund budget of $11M. The City Manager will manage the following city operations: Police, Fire, Finance, Public Works, Administrative Services, City Secretary, Municipal Court, Tourism & Marketing, and Library.
The ideal candidate shall be an exceptional leader with a heart for the community and the emotional intelligence and professional presence to respond to the City’s challenges both strategically and tactically. The ideal candidate shall have the patience and perseverance to foster the vision and direction of the city by seeking “best practices” for continued growth and relevance. This fiscally sound and business-minded individual must be dedicated to the effective and efficient delivery of city services across all sectors of the community.
The new City Manager must be an intentional listener and an outstanding communicator with exceptional interpersonal, analytical, written, and verbal communication and presentation skills, along with the ability to handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy. Additionally, this dynamic and innovative leader must be a community steward that is deeply committed to transparency and the mission of public service to make decisions that are in the best interest of the Cleveland employees and the community as a whole. It is imperative that this new leader effectively implements projects that are projected to start or have already started to maintain the momentum and timelines.
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business Administration or a directly related field and at least five (5) years of municipal government experience will be required with at least three (3) years of city management and/or administration experience at the director/department head level or above. Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Government or Finance is preferred.