Website City of Independence

Annual Salary: $130,000 – $150,000 DOE/DOQ

The City of Independence, Oregon, is seeking its next City Manager who serves as the City’s executive officer overseeing all departments and staff, budgets and grants, and regulatory compliance. The City Manager ensures city staff uphold the mission and priorities of the City Council. The ideal candidate will be an experienced public administrator, with grounded experience in city fiscal management practices, budget development, staff leadership, and human resources management. This candidate should be innovative, creative, flexible, a strategic thinker, and have a proven track record of success working for a developing community with similar challenges and opportunities with infrastructure expansion and development, tourism, youth and recreation activities, agriculture/farmers, small business, and community engagement. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, be forthright and resilient, be able to make difficult decisions, and be someone who can bring people together to serve the greater good. They should be a strategic organizational leader who demonstrates confidence balanced with humility and empathy for others. They will have a proven history of successful collaboration with business, governments, and non-profits. The next City Manager will create and support an organizational culture that embraces teamwork and fosters professionalism and an enjoyable work environment. Interested applicants should approach working with the community and elected officials from an apolitical perspective. They will be committed to achieving Council’s goals and personally take an interest in Independence’s culture, history, and vision. This is an amazing opportunity to work for a forward-thinking and growing community, while still experiencing all the quaintness of a small town, where you know your neighbors and work together to improve the lives of those living in our community.

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The City Manager oversees all general administration, an approximate annual budget of $36 million, and a dedicated staff of over 50 who oversee the following core service areas: building; business assistance; city recorder; economic development; finance; human resources; library; municipal court; museum; parks & recreation; planning; police; public works; water & sewer services. Additionally, the City is served by outside agencies for its fire, electricity, gas, waste removal, newspaper, post office, and DMV services. To learn more about these agencies, visit:

The City Manager will demonstrate an ability to effectively build and maintain relationships throughout the organization and the community. This is an internal and external-facing position, and the City Manager will prioritize becoming part of the community through attending events, joining other local community organizations, finding new and creative ways to engage residents, and ideally live in or near our community. With the close proximity to the Oregon State Capitol, the City Manager, in cooperation with the League of Oregon cities, other governments, and elected officials is a resource to legislators and Governors staff on matters related to cities.

The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial minded, bringing municipal budget, grant, and finance experience, coupled with demonstrated experience with seeking out and securing other funding streams. The ideal candidate will provide effective fiscal oversight and accountability of City funds, oversee budget development, and be creative and forward-thinking regarding shared partnerships. The ideal candidate will also be a supportive leader and provide mentoring and development opportunities for staff. They are a creative problem solver and ensure their well-seasoned staff have the support and resources to accomplish their work. The City is looking for someone who can envision Independence as a travel destination with a combined focus of providing affordable housing for residents. The ideal candidate is eager to integrate community cultures including the Latino community which makes up 40% of the city’s population. Showing a passion for youth and the community at large is also essential for this role, as is taking a realistic approach to city-wide improvements.


Any combination of experience and education that could likely provide the knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government, including five years of administrative or leadership responsibility.


  • Bilingual ability in Spanish.

Salary and Benefits: An annual salary of $130,000 – $150,000 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY by March 9th at:


  • The first round of interviews will be held virtually on April 1st & 2nd. The second round of interviews will be held in person on the evenings of April 18th & 19th. (Candidates must be available for all these dates).

Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:

  • 541-664-0376 (direct)
  • 866-929-9227 (toll-free)­­

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