Under policy direction and as stated in the City’s Charter and Code, the professional in this position serves as chief administrative officer for the City of Belle Glade. Develops and implements City policies and procedures to ensure the proper and responsible management of all City operations, plans, resources, and services; develops and administers the City’s budget. Oversees the operation of the City’s own water and wastewater treatment plants, marina and campground, and leisure services. Supervises, directs, and evaluates the work of department heads and assigned support staff. Reports to the five (5) member City Commission under a City-Manager type of government. Performs related administrative, executive, and supervisory work as necessary to accomplish goals and priorities set by the City Commission.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures, and policies of the City as they pertain to the performance of duties of the City Manager.
Considerable knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of the City and other governmental and non-profit agencies.
Knowledgeable in the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position, including basic knowledge of the Sunshine and Public Records law.
Knowledge in the areas of administration, financial administration and governmental budgeting, public works, development, public services, and other governmental functions.
Knowledge of current management tools and strategies to provide appropriate direction, motivation, supervision and support to the department heads and subordinate employees.
Knowledge of modern office practices and technology.
Ability to make sound, educated, and reasoned decisions under tight time constraints and/or stressful situations.
Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in maintaining, creating, and supervising various programs and projects.
Ability to manage emergency situations and create plans for managing foreseeable emergency situations, such as common natural disasters including, but not limited to, hurricanes.
Ability to determine procedures, set priorities, set project schedules and deadlines, maintain standards and plan for future City needs.
Ability to independently resolve problems and manage challenging situations.
Ability to plan and coordinate the most effective use of personnel, facilities, and resources to achieve City goals.
Ability to work under stressful conditions related to managing multiple projects considering time limitations, personnel capabilities, financial resources, and political considerations.
Ability to communicate effectively, professionally, and tactfully at all times including sensitive situations.
Ability to compile, organize and utilize complex reports, contracts, studies, and financial information to monitor, create and maintain multiple City projects and reach City goals.
Ability to perform timely employee evaluations and act based on results.
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in a clear, effective, and concise manner.
Skill in negotiating among different constituency groups with diverse interests to achieve a shared understanding and commonality of purpose.
Skill in effective public presentations.
Bachelor’s degree in public administration, urban planning, business administration or related field.
A minimum of seven years progressively responsible experience in municipal or other government administration, five of which have been in a supervisory capacity.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Belle Glade is the largest city within the 2,862,00-acre subtropical Everglades in the heartland of Florida. Originally known as Hillsboro, Belle Glade was incorporated in 1928 with a population of less than 500. The earliest known inhabitants of the Belle Glade area were the Calusa Indians. Their prehistoric habitation and burial mounds are located just west of Belle Glade in Chosen which is known by many as the "Indian Mound." These sites were excavated by the Smithsonian Institution during the early 1930's and later by archaeologists from the Florida State Museum in Gainesville. The Seminole Indians generally associated with this part of Florida are descendants of tribes from Georgia and Alabama who moved further and further south as white men pushed for expansion and development of new lands. It was the Seminole who gave the lake region the name of "Okeechobee land," meaning Land of Big Water.
Florida became a territory in 1821 and a state of the union in 1845. Although there was a boom in land sales in this area, many of the purchasers were disillusioned with drainage problems most of the land reverted back to the state. by 1912, construction had begun on three major canals... for controlling Lake Okeechobee's floodwaters. Canals completed in 1913 were the Hillsboro, the North New River, and the Miami Canal.
One of the colorful versions concerning the naming of the community tells that a blackboard was placed in a hotel lobby where suggestions could be written on the board. The suggestion receiving the most votes was that it should be called Belle Glade since the settlement was "the belle of the Glades. “The Hillsboro Community Council was formed in 1919 and operated as the town's governing body until its incorporation on April 9, 1928.
This council was directly responsible for the location here of Everglades Experiment Station, a University of Florida agricultural research and experiment station. The center's name was recently changed to Agricultural Research and Education Center. On September 16, 1928, a storm more devastating than any other predecessor blew in from the coast and left monumental destruction. The force of the wind simply pushed all the water from the northern portion of the lake and sent it surging madly through the area, like tipping a giant saucer full of water onto the earth. Approximately 2,500 people died in the hurricane and a statue today commemorates those who perished.
The loss of life caused by the storm brought to national prominence the need for Lake Okeechobee flood control. Following President Herbert Hoover's visit in 1929, federal and state governments agreed to undertake the construction of a levee. Today, the Hoover Dike includes approximately 85 miles of levee whose height varies from 34 feet upward. It is 22 feet above sea level and it is at least five feet above the highest point that the lake has ever reached.
Along with flood control, two important activities have contributed to Belle Glade's progress. Existing side by side through good water management, sport fishing and a thriving agricultural industry are each closely tied to Lake Okeechobee.
The Belle Glade Marina Campground has become a home away from home for many visitors who want to try their luck catching of the "Big O's" famous wide mouth bass. The campground offers 350 campsites, tent camping, boat ramps, picnic facilities and miniature golf. It is in walking distance to a challenging 18-hole public golf course.
From those earliest days to the present, agriculture has played and equally important part in the area's development. Although green beans led the way at one time, today's most important crops are celery, lettuce, sweet corn, and sugar cane. The area is well known for its ornamental and sod farms