Dickinson (population 20,074) is located on the beautiful Dickinson Bayou in Galveston County, midway between the Cities of Houston and Galveston along Interstate 45. Industrialization and growth in the petroleum industry in the Houston-Galveston area after both World Wars contributed to Dickinson’s growth as well as the establishment of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1962. By the 1970’s aggressive annexation by neighboring cities - League City and Texas City - began to encroach on Dickinson and its voters, after several failed attempts, voted to incorporate in 1977.
With a total land area of 10.3 square miles, 70 percent is residential and about 8 percent is commercial development. Dickinson offers its residents and visitors an inviting lifestyle with a “small town feel” while close to the attractions and amenities of a major urban center with culture, recreation, shopping and dining for almost any taste. Annually the City hosts the Red, White and Bayou Crawfish Festival and the Festival of Lights. Recreational amenities include youth baseball fields and a state-maintained boat dock.
The City Administrator is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City. The position is tasked with administering the City’s administrative policies and ensuring enforcement of ordinances and resolutions approved by the City Council. By City Charter, the City Council appoints the City Administrator, City Secretary, Police Chief, Municipal Court Judge and City Attorney.
The City offers the following services: administration, community development, economic development, emergency medical services, finance department, fire marshal’s office, library, municipal court and public works. Utilities are provided by a separate entity, the Galveston County Water Improvement District No. 1. The City’s total annual operating budget is $13.5 million, with $1.5 million in capital expenditures, primarily for street and road improvements, and its staff includes 115 full-time equivalent employees.
The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, political science, finance, or a related field, with a graduate degree desirable but not required. A minimum of seven years’ experience in local government or the equivalent with a minimum of five years managerial service in a municipality, county, or similar, or a combination of these managerial experiences, is required. The ideal candidate will have served as a city manager/city administrator or deputy/assistant city manager/administrator in a comparable or larger community. Prior managerial experience in Texas is preferred, but not required.
The ideal candidate will have a strong and proven financial management and administrative background. The City Council is seeking applicants with resilient interpersonal skills with the ability to confidently support and defend opposing views and diplomatically deal with differing viewpoints.
Additional Salary Information: Salary range is $110K T0 $145K range, DOQ, with excellent benefits
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