City Manager – Morgantown, W.Va. (pop. 31,000). A historic city located on the Monongahela River, Morgantown is the largest city in north central West Virginia and offers a unique community with a vibrant mix of cultural, social and economic diversity. Morgantown is home to West Virginia University, the largest institution of higher education in the state with an annual enrollment of over 31,000 students; and is the medical, cultural, and commercial hub of the region.  Daytime population estimates are 70,000-plus in Morgantown.


Morgantown, a city of distinction, offers “mountains of opportunity” for business development and expansion.  Morgantown continues to grow and develop in many areas including housing, manufacturing, research and commercial sectors.  Morgantown has shown continued population growth for the last 20 years and is located in one of the fastest growing counties in West Virginia.

Settled in 1772 by Zackquill Morgan, the City has a rich history. Today, Morgantown honors its history while supporting contemporary life styles in a City that provides a range of services to a diverse group of residents, students and visitors. Proud of its historic sites as well as its solid and varied residential neighborhoods, Morgantown is not only home to West Virginia University and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, but also houses the Morgantown Municipal Airport that is poised to expand and create numerous economic opportunities in the area.  Additionally, the area is home to many recreational opportunities including biking, hiking, water sports, fishing and skiing. 

The City is looking for a forward-thinking, collaborative professional with strong communication skills. An appreciation for stakeholder inclusiveness is essential for this town-gown community that continues to grow its student population as well as its city population.  A record of visibility in the community, proven financial/analytical and decision making skills is required.  The City has 235 FTE employees with a FY 16-17 operating budget of more than $33 million.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and 7 to 10 years of increasingly responsible municipal executive level experience. Assistant manager experience in a larger community will also be considered as will any combination of education and experience that will demonstrate the ability to perform the work. A Master’s degree in public administration, business administration and other advanced executive level training such as ICMA Credentialed Manager is highly preferred.

Candidates must possess proven managerial and interpersonal skills to lead a dynamic, financially fit organization in an active, engaged, and highly-educated community. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council. 

The out-going manager’s compensation was $126,000 plus an excellent benefit package.  A higher starting salary will be considered depending upon qualifications.  Residency is required and familiarity with West Virginia legislation is desirable. Candidates should apply by November 4, 2016 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of Sarah McKee, Vice-President, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240.

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