The City of Forest Lake, Minnesota is now accepting applications for its City Administrator position. This is an opportunity to provide leadership and management that can make a real difference at an important moment in the life of a historic, vibrant, community with high quality city services and a professional staff. The City Council is seeking a progressive, innovative and seasoned professional who values effective partnership with elected officials and who can help lead the City organization into the future. As such, the next City Administrator will be instrumental in assisting the City to evolve as an anticipatory and professional organization.
Forest Lake is a rapidly growing former cabin country destination turned attractive suburban community located in the northwestern corner of Washington County. The City is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate Highways 35E and 35W with easy access to the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The City was incorporated on July 11, 1893 with 175 residents. In 2001, the city merged with the surrounding Forest Lake Township to form the current 36 square mile City and now is home to over 20,000 residents.
Forest Lake is a full service statutory “Option A” city under Minnesota law, with the council-administrator form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in the City Council consisting of a mayor and four other members, all elected on a non-partisan basis. Council members serve four-year staggered terms, while the Mayor is elected every two years. All Council members and the Mayor are elected at large. The City Council is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees, and hiring staff. The City Administrator is responsible for carrying out the Council’s policies, administering ordinances and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the city government.
The City provides a full range of services, including: planning and zoning; election administration; building inspections; police and fire protection; emergency management; the construction and maintenance of highways, streets and other infrastructure; surface water management; weed control; water and sewer services; some sanitation services; and recreational and cultural activities. The City also owns and operates a paved runway airport, complete with an arrival/departure building. Certain housing services are provided through a Housing and Redevelopment Authority, operated by Washington County. The City currently has 51 full- and part-time and 21 seasonal employees. The 2018 General Fund budget is $9.5 million and the 2018 budget for all funds, including debt service, is $21.7 million.
To apply, send letter of interest and resume to: Jim Miller, Sr. VP, The Mercer Group, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org, cell & text: 612-581-9972. Review of applications begins July 3.
The next City Administrator will possess a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in public or business administration or a closely related field. A Master’s degree is preferred. He or she will also have at least three to five years of relevant government or closely related private sector experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
About The Mercer Group, Inc.
The Mercer Group, Inc. is an independent management consulting firm incorporated in the State of Georgia and operating nation-wide. The Mercer Group, Inc. provides exceptionally high quality management consulting services to state and local governments, transit authorities, health care providers, utilities, special districts, and private sector clients. Specialty practice areas include: executive recruitment, organization and operations analysis, productivity improvement, strategic planning, management systems, compensation/classification/policy studies, privatization, budget evaluation services, government consolidation and organization development, training, and general management consulting. Our key consultants have conducted successful searches for hundreds of public sector organizations nationally and can offer numerous references as testimony of our work. (Please see www.mercergroupinc.com for more information about our firm and about current searches that we are conducting.)