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 City of Sutter Creek, California

Annual Salary: $125,000 – $175,000

The City of Sutter Creek, California, is seeking its next City Manager to promote and efficiently implement the policy priorities of the City Council, and develop winning administrative strategies to meet the modern needs of this historic community that has both unique gifts and unique challenges. The City Manager will be an experienced public administrator, well-grounded in supporting public infrastructure development, fiscal stability, staff leadership, and community relations. This leader will oversee the City’s annual budget of approximately $6 million while supervising 18 employees with four direct reports. Additionally, the City Manager will be resilient, a strategic organizational leader, and demonstrate confidence, all balanced with humility and empathy for others.

This role offers the opportunity to work collaboratively and creatively to find solutions to improve the City’s infrastructure, with a strong emphasis on its wastewater treatment system, roads and streets, parks, and city facilities, and requires someone who is comfortable and competent in that role. The City is eager to have a strong manager who can hit the ground running, focus on core City responsibilities, engage with others out in the community, and get things done. The successful candidate will create and support an organizational culture that fosters professionalism, honesty, creative thinking, and an enjoyable work environment. Interested applicants should have a desire and passion for public service, embrace and engage with our close-knit community, and take an interest in Sutter Creek’s vibrant culture, history, and vision. If this all sounds like the right fit for you, apply today!

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The City Manager is appointed by, and reports to, the elected five-member City Council and oversees all general administration and oversight of City departments, including: Administrative Services, Finance, City Engineer, Planning & Building, Police, and Public Works. They will also oversee the City’s budget, using their fiscal knowledge to develop balanced budgets and increase revenue opportunities. The City Manager works effectively with contracted services, outside agencies, businesses, nonprofits, school districts, the County, and other jurisdictions. They will ensure cross-departmental collaboration and organizational efficiency and will play a key role in community and economic development. The City Manager will strive to accomplish Council’s goals and objectives and demonstrate political acumen and emotional intelligence. A top priority for the City is addressing aging infrastructure, including the wastewater treatment system, streets, city facilities, and parks; thus making public infrastructure financing, collaboration with outside agencies and constituents, and strategic planning a key responsibility for the City Manager.

The ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of serving small cities with the goal of maintaining and developing current services and city-wide infrastructure. They will be public-facing and hardworking with a passion for serving the public and providing strong municipal governance and leadership acumen. They will be interested in becoming part of the community through community engagement and relationship building. It is critical that the next City Manager bring strong communication skills and an eagerness to provide active public communications to the community regarding the progress of key City projects.

The successful candidate will be creative and forward-thinking, finding opportunities for shared partnerships that will support City projects and initiatives, and bringing demonstrated experience working with developers, businesses, and economic development strategies. The successful candidate will value community and employee engagement and build upon a culture where people love what they do. They will be a high-energy leader, with a positive attitude and excitement about this role!


  • Extensive and responsible policy-level administrative experience managing a major municipal organization, or any combination of education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position;
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License at time of appointment.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in public/business administration, economics, political science, planning, or a related field;
  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in the planning, organization, coordination, and administration of a variety of municipal, non-profit, or corporate activities; three years of which are at the senior-executive level.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Annual salary of $125,00 – $175,000 and an attractive benefits package

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, please submit your application immediately as candidates will be interviewed as they apply. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter at:


  • The first round of interviews will be held virtually via Zoom as candidates apply. The second round of interviews will be held in-person on September 27th. Candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days of interviews.

Please contact Sandra Spelliscy, Interim City Manager, with any questions:

  • 209.267.5647 x284

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