Located deep in the heart of South Texas on the banks of the Rio Grande River at Mile Marker 1 of Interstate Highway 35, Laredo is recognized as the beginning of the Lone Star State, and a travel experience that is American, Texan, and Mexican all in one. Incorporated in 1755 and comprising more than 107 square miles, Laredo’s 256,000 residents enjoy its blend of culture, language, culinary influences, and ambiance that can only be found deep in the heart of South Texas. Serving as the largest city and the seat of Web County, Laredo is the primary retail and trade center to the combined Laredo-Nuevo Laredo metro population of over 715,000 people.
Laredo operates under the council-manager form of government consisting of a Mayor and eight Council Members. Laredo seeks a highly ethical, decisive, strategic, transparent, and values-driven servant leader who embraces its South Texas culture and is passionate about assisting the community address its unique challenges and opportunities and achieving its desired vision for current and future generations.
The ideal candidate will be a person with a high level of emotional intelligence that possesses advanced interpersonal skills, a proactive, transparent, collaborative, and a “no surprises” management style. The successor City Manager should have a strong financial background/acumen, including long-term budgeting and capital planning skills, an understanding of municipal utilities, and related administrative services and operational experience.
The Laredo City Charter requires the City Manager to possess a Master’s Degree and no less than eight years’ experience in government, economic development, or other government-related field, five of which must be supervisory managerial experience. A Master's Degree in Public Administration is preferred, with active status as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA-CM). International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) status is also considered a plus. The City Manager need not be a resident of Laredo or Texas at the time of appointment but must reside within the City limits throughout their tenure.
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