City manager help wanted ad posted

By Adam Strunk 

Looking to make at least $135,000 a year? The job could be yours if you could convince the city to hire you.

The firm Strategic Government Resources recently posted a help wanted add for the Newton City Manager in order to fill the soon-to-be vacant position currently held by Bob Myers.

“Ten years of local government experience are required, or any combination of skills, education, and experience,” the help wanted posting states. “A master’s degree is preferred. Credentialed manager status is desirable. Residency within the City is preferred. The starting salary range for this position is $135,000-$165,000, depending on qualifications and experience.”

As of 2017, the city had approved paying current manager Bob Myers $145,000 for his services to the city.

The posting describes Newton as a “a vibrant community of 19,327 residents who enjoy the small-town feel of Newton—where people know their neighbors and local business owners —and also have easy access to the amenities of a big city.”

The city commission hired the group to find a manager in September. A city release at the time stated the process was expected to take 3-4 months and cost the city an estimated $26,500 according to SRG’s proposal.

“SGR has provided staff training and resources on servant leadership, the prevailing culture and philosophy in the City organization, and has worked with the City Commission in work sessions on strategic planning and leadership development,” the release at the time stated. “SGR will be tasked with developing the position profile, marketing the position nationwide, helping conduct candidate evaluations and background checks, facilitating interviews, and managing the hiring process.”

For those interested in applying, or curious,  you can see a larger brochure here:

https://www.governmentresource.com/Newton_KS_City_Manager_brochure.pdf