City of Cortez, CO
City of Cortez, CO
Just to the west of the majestic San Juan Mountains, high on southwest Colorado’s desert plateau sits the City of Cortez. Rich in ancient history and natural beauty, Cortez (pop. 8,800, elev. 6,191, 6.21 sq. mi.) is the largest city in, and county seat of, Montezuma County. Residents enjoy access to the massive San Juan National Forest, every manner of outdoor recreation, and the serenity of the American West. Ten minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and 45 minutes northeast of the famous Four Corners, Cortez is a full-service city that plays much bigger than it is.
Regrettably, Cortez fell victim to embezzlement around the same time it was converting its finance software back in 2016, which has delayed audits and CAFRs for several years. The City Council is committed to rebuilding public trust and establishing a culture of accountability. Cortez seeks a visionary leader with grit. The adopted FY 2021 Budget of $13.5 million supports approximately 135 FTEs.
A four-year degree in a relevant field of study, preferably public administration or business administration, and five years of progressively responsible management experience in local government are required. A master’s degree in public or business administration is preferred. Previous experience as a county or city manager is highly desirable, especially with a rural community or a full-service municipality. The city charter requires the city manager “to reside in the city during his or her tenure of office.” The annual salary range for this position is $110,000 to $135,000, depending upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Comprehensive benefits. Relocation assistance subject to negotiation.
Call Andrew Gorgey at (970) 987-1238 for more information or to request a detailed brochure. The brochure is also available on our web site at www.peckhamandmckenney.com. Resumes will be acknowledged within 2 business days.
Filing deadline March 25, 2021.
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