ARTICLE III. THE CITY MANAGER
Section 3.1. Qualifications; Term of office
The city manager shall be chosen by the council on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications with special reference to his experience in, and his knowledge of municipal administrations. He may or may not be a resident of the city or the state at the time of his selection, but shall reside within the city during his tenure of office. He shall be appointed for an indefinite term, subject to removal as herin provided, and shall devote his entire time to the duties of his office. The manager shall designate in writing, filed with the city clerk, one of the department directors or one of the administrative assistants to perform the duties of the city manager in the event of his absence or disability; if he should fail to do so, the council shall make such desgnation.
City Manager - Springfield, MO:
"Interested candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Possession of an MBA or Master’s Degree in Public Administration, or related field is preferred. Ten years of municipal experience, with prior service as a City Manager, Assistant/Deputy City Manager or the equivalent in a comparable or larger community. Certification as an ICMA Credentialed Manager within 12 months of appointment is preferred.
"The ideal candidate will have superior leadership skills and documented success creating and implementing a city-wide strategic plan. He/she will be innovative and creative and be a champion of new initiatives while serving the City of Springfield. He/she should possess a record of accomplishment and success with redevelopment projects and a clear understanding of issues surrounding union and pension plans. The candidate’s background and experience should include exposure to a conservative environment with strong community involvement. This individual should be politically savvy and have the capacity to understand municipal issues on a technical level and convey them to laypersons in a concise, articulate manner. The City Manager should have demonstrated experience managing operations by directing and coordinating activities consistent with established goals, objectives and policies. He/she should also share a genuine interest in the growth of the community." (page 5)