City Manager Position

The City of Charleston, Missouri, is seeking a new City Manager with the following qualifications:

  • Previous government experience, either as a City Manager or Assistant City Manager
  • A bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting, government, public administration, or a related field from a fully accredited college or university
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, including proficiency with Excel
  • Demonstrated experience of successfully managing a budget of at least $6.0 million with varying sources of revenue
  • Demonstrated experience managing an organization
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with a group to achieve goals/objectives
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability
  • Successful grant writing experience preferred


In addition, the successful candidate will have strong communication skills (written and verbal) as well as the ability to relate to a wide range of individuals.  This leader will need to be on-site leading a team of administrators, in-person for city council meetings, and have the ability to connect with Charleston employees.

The salary range for the position is $80,000 to $100,000, dependent on qualifications.  Group health coverage is provided.  A residency requirement will apply.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume (including three professional references and their contact information) to  The City of Charleston, Missouri is an equal opportunity employer.

Charleston is a town of approximately 6,000 residents located in the “Bootheel” area of Missouri in the Southeast portion of the state.  The town’s population number does include approximately 1,600 inmates in state prison on the edge of town, so, for all practical purposes, the true population is about 4,400.  Charleston is located 15 miles West of the Mississippi River along I-57, is 15 miles East of Sikeston, Missouri (17K population with 2 colleges/universities), and is about 35 miles South of Cape Girardeau, Missouri (40K population and university city).  Charleston is halfway between St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee.  The area around Charleston is dominated by large farming operations.

Charleston operates as a third-class Missouri city and is governed by a five-member City Council.  Council members are elected for three-year terms with staggered terms.  The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the city.

The city provides a full range of services to residents and businesses-police and fire protection, water and wastewater services, solid waste collection, etc.  With five separate city funds-General Fund, Water/Wastewater Fund, Transportation Fund, Park Fund, and Capital Improvements Fund-the city has total annual revenues of approximately $6.0 million.  The city’s payroll currently includes 39 full-time employees.