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City of Adrian, MI, City Administrator

Adrian, MI (20,423) is a city of arts, parks, culture, history, and innovation serving an involved citizenry as a stand-alone, full-service community within a bucolic rolling countryside located on the River Raisin.  Adrian is proud to host three colleges and the Lenawee County Seat.  Adrian possesses a rich history of progressiveness extending back to the post-Civil War era.  With its many schools and a thriving culture, including the historic Croswell Opera House with live theater and a symphony orchestra, Adrian is centrally located to three major metropolitan areas — Ann Arbor, Detroit and Toledo.  Downtown Adrian boasts burgeoning upper floor apartment redevelopments with popular shops/events surrounded by beautiful neighborhoods with stately homes and excellent schools all within 8.1 square miles.

The City Commission is seeking a highly professional, ethical, energetic candidate interested in serving as its next City Administrator. The City is a stand-alone, full-service organization providing police, fire, planning/development, assessing, water/wastewater utilities, engineering/public works, and administrative services. The City Administrator is the Chief Administrative Officer and reports to an elected board consisting of a separately-elected Mayor and six Commissioners. The City Administrator is responsible for all administrative affairs of the city a $33 million budget and leadership of 122 full time employees. The City Administrator appoints all administrative officers except the City Attorney and City Clerk.  The Clerk is subordinate to the Administrator except for duties related to the Commission.

Qualified individuals will be expected to have:

  • A minimum of five years’ progressively responsible experience in leadership positions demonstrating unquestionable ethics in a community of comparable complexity.
  • A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, human resources, or related field; a master’s degree in public administration, business administration, or a related field is strongly preferred.
  • A team-oriented leadership style with knowledge of and practice in collaborative management concepts, regional coordination, thinking strategically and using innovative practices and techniques.
  • A creative, problem-solving approach with strong follow-through and well developed interpersonal, teamwork, and oral/written communication skills.

Starting salary range is $110,000 – $122,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Residency is preferred. Apply online at with résumé, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references by June 29, 2020 to the attention of Ryan Cotton, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 616-638-8910.

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