Champaign council to finalize search criteria for city manager

Champaign council to finalize search criteria for city manager

CHAMPAIGN — The city of Champaign "is seeking a progressive and experienced professional to lead its organization of approximately 550 employees," and city council members this week are expected to finalize those words and more contained in the advertisement they hope will find the next city manager.

The Champaign City Council will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

The six-page recruitment profile that has been presented to the city council for its approval lists educational and professional requirements of prospective candidates as well as the issues the next city manager is expected to face when he or she takes over the reins when long-time City Manager Steve Carter retires toward the end of March.

Among the job qualifications are a graduate degree in public administration or related field, "extensive experience" in public sector management, "sensitivity to and a demonstrated record of achievement" in affirmative action/equal employment opportunity programs and experience working with a major university.

City officials also prefer that candidates for the job have significant experience in financial management and economic development activities.

City administrators have spent the past few weeks gathering public input and recommendations from city council members to craft the profile, which also lists issues a new city manager would be expected to focus on.

Those include "citizen engagement," continued downtown development, a focus on core services like public safety, economic development, environmental issues, police-community relations, neighborhood development and expansion of the UC2B fiber network.

According to the profile, officials are looking for a manager who is "politically astute yet apolitical," someone who "is personable with a sense of humor," committed to diversity and "unflappable in stressful situations."