City Manager Recruitment

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The City of Fort Collins is hiring its next City Manager. The City Manager serves as the chief executive of the municipal organization and reports to the elected City Council. They work with Council on community matters and lead the City's executive team to implement the City's strategic plan and manage internal operations.


What is a City Manager?

The City of Fort Collins operates within what is called a council-manager form of government. Voters elect the Mayor and City Councilmembers, who are responsible for policy decisions and for hiring and managing their three direct employees: the City Manager, City Attorney and Chief Judge.

The City Manager functions as the chief executive. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization and for providing management and direction to City staff. The council-manager form of government creates an administrative organization that is separate from the political process and makes the City Manager accountable to City Council for operations and performance across the organization.


Selection Process

While the selection of a new City Manager will be done by the full City Council, an Ad Hoc City Manager Selection Process Committee was formed to guide recruitment and selection. The ad hoc committee includes Mayor Jeni Arndt, Councilmember Susan Gutowsky and Councilmember Shirley Peel. View ad hoc committee meeting agendas and minutes.

The position will be posted in late 2021 with finalist interviews and related public feedback opportunities targeted for late Q1/early Q2 2022.

The City has enlisted the support of SGR to lead the search.

The City of Fort Collins is hiring its next City Manager. The City Manager serves as the chief executive of the municipal organization and reports to the elected City Council. They work with Council on community matters and lead the City's executive team to implement the City's strategic plan and manage internal operations.


What is a City Manager?

The City of Fort Collins operates within what is called a council-manager form of government. Voters elect the Mayor and City Councilmembers, who are responsible for policy decisions and for hiring and managing their three direct employees: the City Manager, City Attorney and Chief Judge.

The City Manager functions as the chief executive. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization and for providing management and direction to City staff. The council-manager form of government creates an administrative organization that is separate from the political process and makes the City Manager accountable to City Council for operations and performance across the organization.


Selection Process

While the selection of a new City Manager will be done by the full City Council, an Ad Hoc City Manager Selection Process Committee was formed to guide recruitment and selection. The ad hoc committee includes Mayor Jeni Arndt, Councilmember Susan Gutowsky and Councilmember Shirley Peel. View ad hoc committee meeting agendas and minutes.

The position will be posted in late 2021 with finalist interviews and related public feedback opportunities targeted for late Q1/early Q2 2022.

The City has enlisted the support of SGR to lead the search.

  • Recruitment Brochure

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    Cover page of City Manager recruitment brochure - shows blue sky and the top of the Linden Hotel near Old Town SquareThe City Manager recruitment brochure has been finalized and posted, and our recruitment partner is currently accepting applications from interested candidates. First review of applicants will begin Jan. 17, 2022.

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