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Saco, ME - City Administrator

Saco, Maine (approx. 20,000 pop.) is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and forward-thinking municipal manager to serve as its next City Administrator. Saco is ideally situated on the mouth of the Saco River in Southern Maine along the Atlantic Ocean, less than 20 minutes south of Downtown Portland, and less than two hours north of Boston, Massachusetts. Saco is home to a growing population, a thriving economy, and vast recreational opportunities. Saco is a community that has it all with a picturesque downtown, top-tier schools, and varied housing options. Saco’s workability and livability are possible due to its proximity to Interstate 95, US Route 1, as well as the Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail and Pan Am freight rail. The City Administrator oversees city services and operations. Hired by the Mayor and seven City Councilors, the City Administrator directs and supervises the city departments, prepares and submits the annual budgets, and has primary responsibility for City operations. The City Administrator is responsible for carrying out policies as instructed and to refer all political decision making to the Mayor and Council. The City Charter reflects the ICMA Council-Manager form of government. 

The City has a General Fund budget of approximately $56 million (including education and county appropriations) and has about 200 FTEs and an additional 150 seasonal employees. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field (master’s preferred) and a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in public administration, or an equivalent combination of education and demonstrated senior-leadership or related business experience. Current Administrator’s salary is approx. $128,000. Starting salary is negotiable commensurate with qualifications and experience plus an excellent benefits package and highly competent staff. The City of Saco is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Specific inquiries may be directed to Alan Gould, President, Municipal Resources Inc. at 603-279-0352, x320 or agould@mrigov.com


Cover letter and resume in confidence as PDF attachment to: recruitment@mrigov.com


Deadline to Apply: September 9, 2019 at 8AM EST


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