Cathedral City in process of hiring assistant city manager

CATHEDRAL CITY — The recruitment process for an assistant city manager in this city ended on June 27.  The recruiter is now going through the review and screening process of all applicants, Communications Manager Chris Parman told Uken Report.

No other details are available at this time, Parman said.

The City Council approved the new position in April. Filling it is one of the Council’s goals for 2021.

The Council approved spending $25,000 to hire Bob Murray and Associates to oversee the recruitment process.

The annual salary range for the Assistant City Manager is $182,557.04 – $238,961.18, according to a job description Bob Murray and Associates posted. Placement within this salary range is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The City also offers an attractive benefits package including: Merit Increase — 5% merit increase may occur every 12 months until step 5 has been reached; thereafter, every 2 years for a total of 3 additional 2.5% increases.

Approximately 204 city employees provide a full range of municipal services including Police, Fire, Public Works, and Street Maintenance with a FY 2021/222 General Fund budget of $58 million. Sales and Use Tax from the automobile industry is the largest source of General Fund revenues, followed by a local Cannabis Tax.

The Assistant City Manager, under general direction of the City Manager and in accordance with established procedures, assists City Manager Charles McClendon in directing the operations of all  departments in compliance with policies established by the City Council; provides accurate and timely information to City Manager and Council to support decision-making and policy direction; serves as an agency of the City Manager in conflict and dispute resolution; and recommends organizational enhancements and restructuring, as necessary. This position provides effective, professional leadership, positioning the City to meet the community’s current and future needs through appropriate technologies and services.

Cathedral City, the second-largest community in Coachella Valley with a population of more than 55,000 people, does not currently have an assistant city manager. Palm Springs, with a population of abut 47,000 people, has both a city manager and an assistant city manager.



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