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City Manager


Under Policy and Administrative direction of the City Council, the City Manager is assigned to the non-competitive service and is an exempt management position. The City Manager is the City's chief administrative officer responsible for the efficient and effective management of City services in accordance with the directives and policies established by the City Council and Federal, State and Local laws.


As the City's top administrative appointive position directly accountable to the City Council, the City Manager is responsible to provide direction to Department Directors whom he/she appoints to carry out the mission and goals of the Council in response to community needs and service priorities.


  • Advises the City Council on the affairs of the City and provides management assistance in carrying out their responsibilities.
  • Directs the establishment of City goals and objectives and development and administration of program to meet goals and objectives.
  • Provides overall direction to achieve and accomplish the City Council policies and directives.
  • Exercises responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of a City organization designed to deliver municipal services in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Fulfills the responsibilities of the appointing authority as set forth in City ordinances and resolutions. Either personally or by delegation, carries out the responsibility of personnel officer in the administration of the City's personnel system.
  • Directs the preparation and administration of the City budget and the preparation of appropriate financial reports. Recommends to the City Council actions/programs necessary to maintain a stable financial position for the City.
  • Consistent with City Council policies and directives, coordinates City activities with other public agencies.
  • Ensures the enforcement of ordinances and regulations of the City and makes recommendations to the City Council on the application and revision of the same.
  • Investigates complaints, analyzes issues and makes written and oral presentations to the City Council and the public.
  • Establishes good communications with all segments of the community, City personnel, City Council and commissions.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public administration, budgeting, personnel administration, and organization and management
  • All aspects of City government operations including: finance, labor relations, personnel, police, fire and land use issues
  • County, State and Federal laws and regulations relating to or impacting local government operations
  • Use of modern technology including computers and data processing applications to municipal operations

Ability to:

  • Direct, coordinate and provide effective leadership in the various functions and activities of City operations
  • Analyze problems and situations and take appropriate action related thereto
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work
  • Serve as an effective representative of the City Council
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing


Possession of a four-year college or university undergraduate degree with major course work in public administration, business administration, urban planning, finance, or a related field(s) is required. A Masterís degree or experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities equivalent to a Masterís or other advanced degree is desirable, but not required.


A minimum of five years of increasingly responsible administrative and managerial experience in a public or private agency involving strong administrative/executive level management is required. At least three years experience as a City/Town/Village Manager or as an Assistant/Deputy Manager, CAO/CEO or similar level executive management is also desirable.


Possession of a valid California Driver's License at the time of appointment and the ability to maintain it as a condition of continued employment.


Maintain the following physical abilities: See well enough to operate vehicles and equipment, read instructions and follow directions; hear well enough to distinguish mechanical noises, to converse on the radio, telephone and in person; use of hands and fingers for writing, typing, and other computer related functions; and be able to lift equipment as necessary.

Reviewed and approved: _________________________

        For questions about City employment, please contact:

        Human Relations
        156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
        Turlock, CA 95380-5454
        (209) 668-5150
        Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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