City Manager

The Mercer Group, Inc.
July 22, 2020
Job Type


This is an exceptional opportunity to provide leadership and management in a historic, vibrant, engaged regional center in south central Minnesota with high quality city services, professional staff and stable governance. the current City Manager is retiring after 25 years of service to the City.

Mankato values and celebrates all residents and places a priority on providing services without regard to race, background, gender, age, preference or choice. A focus on racial equity and diversity is woven throughout the city’s Strategic Plan. The City Council officially adopted the Greater Mankato Communities of Inclusion and increased funding to the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, further solidifying efforts to work toward a more inclusive community.

The City of Mankato is a Home Rule Charter city with the Council/Manager form of government. The City Council consists of the Mayor, Council President who is elected at large, and five ward Council members, all with staggered terms. The City Council appoints the City Manager.

As the chief administrative officer, the City Manager prepares and manages an annual budget exceeding $130 million.  The 2020 General Fund Budget is $29 million. The annual capital improvement budget typically exceeds $25 million. The City maintains a stable AA bond credit rating.

The City Manager leads a full-service municipal organization with 275 full- and 200 part-time employees organized into four major departments: Administrative Services (Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Public Information, Legal, and 311 Customer Service); Public Safety (Police, Fire, Emergency Management, Investigations, Records and Code Enforcement); Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Inspections, City/County Housing, Metropolitan Planning  Organization, and Mass Transit); Public Works (Engineering, Street Maintenance, Fleet Management, Parks, Infrastructure/flood control, Regional Wastewater/Water Treatment, and the Regional Airport).  The City also operates a 6,000-seat arena, a convention center, and a 3,000-seat outdoor amphitheater and festival grounds.

Community leadership and intergovernmental relations are very important aspects of the City Manager’s daily functions. The City Council expects the City Manager to be actively and consistently engaged with a variety of community and regional partners identifying, addressing and carrying out a broad range of services and initiatives to meet the City’s goals.  For example, the City Manager serves on the board of directors for the Regional Chamber of Commerce and economic development organization and various intergovernmental partnerships and is the Executive Director for the Economic Development Authority and City/County Housing Authority.

The City Manager also supports and participates in the City/County Intergovernmental Committee, City/Colleges/Universities Advisory Committee and is expected to be active with State municipal associations and legislative activities.


The next City Manager will possess a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in public or business administration or a closely related field.  A Master’s degree is preferred.  He or she will also have at least five years of progressively responsible management experience in municipal government administration, other relevant government, non-profit, or closely related private sector experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  At least five years of years progressively responsible direct supervisory experience is also required.

The recruitment profile is available at:

Send  electronic letter of interest and resume to: Jim Miller, Sr. VP, The Mercer Group, Inc.,, cell & text: 612-581-9972. Review of applications begins August 20, 2020.


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