City Manager – Palm Desert, CA

Client: City of Palm Desert, California
Position: City Manager
Closing Date: Closed; Appointment Made


The City of Palm Desert is looking for a forward thinking, team leading, professional to join the City’s leadership cadre as City Manager. Palm Desert is a thriving, year-round community with the natural beauty, cultural, and recreational amenities of a resort destination. The City’s 105 employees are proud to work for the preservation and growth of the community and take pride in providing exceptional customer service to residents and visitors alike. The fiscal year 2020/2021 budget continues a commitment to keep City operations lean and allocates funds to the City’s highest priorities and reflects the extraordinary economic challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the City’s General Fund operating budget. The City Manager functions as the Chief Executive Officer for the City Organization. The mission of the Palm Desert City Manager’s Office is to provide professional leadership to City departments in administering and executing the objectives and policies of the City Council; develop and recommend solutions to community matters for Council consideration; prepare the City’s annual budget; develop and plan new and innovative programs to address future community needs; and promote pride and excellence in City government by providing exceptional customer service. Requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree in public administration or business administration is desirable. Candidates must have five years of experience as a manager, chief administrative officer, assistant or deputy to such Manager or Chief Administrative officer of a city or county, or shall have had at least five years of experience in the management of a business or other organization, or shall have had commensurate and equal public or private administrative experience. Prior experience in a comparable, high expectation, city is highly desirable. This position offers a highly competitive salary with an excellent executive benefit package as outlined below. The starting salary for this position will be based on the competitive labor market and the successful candidate’s qualifications, experience, and salary history. The City Council will negotiate a mutually approved employment agreement with the selected candidate and may include relocation assistance. The City offers an excellent executive benefits package including CalPERS retirement.