CITY ADMINISTRATOR, Spearfish, South Dakota

Created 07/03/2021
Reference 443426
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State South Dakota
City Spearfish
Salary $130,603


City of Spearfish, South Dakota

Salary:  $130,603 - $198,744


Located on the western border of the state of South Dakota at the mouth of Spearfish Canyon lies the City of Spearfish, a picturesque community surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills National Forest. With an estimated population of 11,600, Spearfish offers something for everyone with outdoor recreational opportunities, a diverse economy, and overall quality of life. More than half of Lawrence County, in which Spearfish is located, is public forestland and the area is known as a thriving outdoor recreational paradise during any season, with ample opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, skiing, and more.


Incorporated in 1888, the City of Spearfish operates with an aldermanic form of government. The city is divided into three wards with two Council members from each ward and a mayor who is elected at large. The City of Spearfish operates with 106 FTEs, 20 part-time employees, and 90-100 temporary/seasonal employees. The city has a 2021 budget of $53,276,666. The budget amount also includes an $11,800,000 affordable housing development 2021 capital project.


Under the direction of the Mayor and Council, the City Administrator is responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the city while planning for and providing guidance to the Council regarding future operations. The City Administrator oversees, directs, solves problems, and provides policy direction through the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the city; ensures the overall effectiveness of all city operations and the achievements of goals and objectives established by the Council. The City Administrator has direct supervision over all departments and department directors: the City Attorney, City Engineer, Finance Officer, Human Resources Director, City Planner, Public Works Director, Public Safety Director, Library Director, Parks & Recreation Director, and the City Administrator Executive Assistant.


Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field. A master’s degree is preferred. Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the departments in the city in order to direct and coordinate work within the city. This is usually interpreted to require 10 years of related experience, with at least 5 years in a leadership capacity.


For a complete position profile/full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Spearfish is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: August 8, 2021 (open until filled).

Employer City of Spearfish, South Dakota

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