Meriden, CT (60,838) The City of Meriden, a thriving, full service city is seeking candidates with proven leadership and communication skills who are excited about the economic resurgence of a diverse and historic city. Strategically located between New Haven and Hartford and just two hours from New York City and Boston, Meriden is experiencing a transformation in its downtown and citywide with the recent investment of more than $100 million of federal, state, local and private funds. Please note the following about this unique opportunity:
Meriden operates under the Council/Manager form of government. The Meriden City Council appoints the City Manager. The City Council consists of 12 elected officials elected for four year terms, with eight elected by district and four elected at large (the terms are staggered). The Mayor is elected at large for a two year term and is the chief elected officer for the City. There have been three City Managers in Meriden since 1993.
Meriden is spread out over 24 square miles of which 3,000 acres are municipally owned park land including 74 recreation areas. Meriden’s Hubbard Park is the largest park in New England and is nestled within Hanging Hills, a dramatic mountain ridge overlooking Meriden and the Quinnipiac River Valley. The 1,800 acres in Hubbard Park host the annual Daffodil Festival which draws more than 100,000 visitors to Meriden each year to see the 650,000 blooming daffodils. Meriden residents celebrate their community pride throughout the year with numerous festivals including an annual Puerto Rican Festival, Black Expo, July 4 celebration and many more events.
Meriden has a total budget of more than $190 million half of which is the Board of Education budget. The City has 662 full time employees in 12 departments: finance, human resources, facilities and information technology, development and enforcement, emergency communications, police, fire, library, health and human services, public works, public utilities and parks and recreation. The City Manager has appointment authority over all department heads with the exception of the Finance Director who is appointed by the City Manager, subject to the approval of the City Council.
Meriden’s economic renaissance started in 2009 with a Plan of Conservation and Development adopted by the City Planning Commission and the City Council. This plan (POCD) included an increase in rail service and the development of a full transit center, high density mixed use development and a central park that can also support flood control. The park, transit center and 270 space parking facility have been completed and multiple mixed use developments are in various stages of development including the recently completed 24 Colony Street, a private development consisting of 63 residential units and mixed use transit oriented development across from the new rail station. Bi-directional commuter rail service is now available every 30 minutes with connections to New York, Boston and Vermont.
Successful candidates will be collaborative leaders who listen, build relationships and embrace diversity. They will have a positive outlook and be genuinely excited with being an integral part of Meriden’s future success. Candidates will ideally have experience with cities similar in size and demographics to Meriden and be skilled in municipal finance, economic development and collective bargaining. Candidates must be approachable and possess well developed communication skills. This is a unique opportunity to lead a talented, experienced staff and work with an engaged and diverse community.
Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree, ideally in public administration, business, urban planning or related field. A master’s degree or other advanced degree is highly valued. Candidates must also have seven to ten years increasingly responsible leadership experience including municipal experience. Candidates must reside in Meriden within one year of appointment to the City Manager position.
Starting salary range: $160,000 -$170,000 DOQ with excellent benefits. Apply with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by May 4, 2018 to http://www.GovHRUSA.com/current-positions/recruitment to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3243.