City of Clearwater, FL Clearwater, FL, USA
May 11, 2021Full Time
Clearwater is governed by a city council that consists of five (5) members, including the mayor, all elected at-large serving four-year overlapping terms, with elections held every two years. Appointment of the city manager requires the affirmative vote of four (4) council members, and the city manager may be removed by an affirmative vote of four (4) members, or by a majority of the council at two separate meetings held at least two weeks apart. The city has a record of prudent fiscal management and has been recognized with the coveted GFOA Distinguished Budget Award for its budgeting and accounting excellence for 33 straight years. Appointed by the city council to serve as the organization’s chief administrative officer, the city manager is responsible for leading an organization of 1,836 FTEs with 12 direct reports, and a Combined Funds budget (including capital contributions) of $542 million. Of this total, the General Fund accounts for approximately $152 million . The city manager is responsible for overseeing the preparation and presentation of the annual budget as well as for all other financial and operational activities and services provided. The city manager’s functional areas of responsibility include but are not limited to: police and fire protection and rescue services; emergency management; public communications; engineering design, streets and stormwater maintenance and construction; marine and aviation services; public utilities including water and sanitary sewer construction, maintenance, treatment, distribution and collection; solid waste and general services; library services; parks and recreation; planning and development; economic development and housing services; and community redevelopment. The city’s internal services include finance and budget, auditing, information technology and human resources. A unique enterprise utility owned and operated by the city is Clearwater Gas System, the 4th largest and “fastest-growing” municipal gas system in Florida. There is an assistant to the city manager and two assistant city manager positions that provide staff support to the city manager and department directors as assigned. The next city manager will be expected to address several issues during the first 12 months on the job. Examples include the continued use of the Penny for Pinellas local option sales tax and implementing the city council’s funding priorities as a part of the ten-year levy. Some of the priorities include: a continued focus on the enhancement of the downtown waterfront and implementation of Imagine Clearwater ; completing the upgrades to the spring training stadium; pursuing the next steps required to replace city hall offices; continued enhancements and improvements to the city’s utilities and other infrastructure; replacement of the city’s public safety buildings; and, continuing to seek progress in working with all stakeholders toward the revitalization of Downtown Clearwater.