Deputy City Manager

City of Centralia | Centralia, WA

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Posted Date 3/20/2023

What are we looking for:

We are looking for a dynamic lead team member to join a progressive management team dedicated to providing the citizens of Centralia with quality public services.

The Deputy City Manager will join the City Manager in framing Council’s vision and strategies for accomplishing organizational initiatives; advocate for City, Federal, State, and regional cooperation where opportunities exist to further the City’s goals; and will provide quality assistance, professional expertise and service to the City Manager, council members, directors, supervisors, employees and commissions.

General Function:

  • Represents and supports the City Manager with City Council, employee and citizen group discussions and meetings. Keeps the City Manager informed about projects and issues of importance to Council. Provides the City Manager with accurate and timely information to support decision-making and policy direction.
  • Provides direct oversight of programs and operations in the Parks Department. Duties include developing and coordinating of the department budget, administering expenditures for major programs and projects; staff development; administering human resources policies and procedures and recommending appropriate personnel actions to the City Manager.
  • Under general administrative direction, performs highly responsible and complex professional administrative work while assisting the City Manager with the direction and coordination of the activities of assigned City departments and/or divisions. Serve on committees and respond to citizen inquiries, assist in labor negotiations, and assist in development of council agenda and reports; provides leadership in policy formation and implementation of policies and procedures; promotes effective and efficient operations throughout the organization by facilitating interdepartmental cooperation and sharing of resources; provides responsible staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Public Administration or closely related field.
  • A Master’s Degree in Public Administration or a closely related field is desirable and may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.
  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in municipal government or public sector management, including at least five (5) years of administration or supervisory responsibility at the senior managerial or executive leadership level is required.
  • Have a proven record as an innovative leader, possessing excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Specific experience in Parks Management or a closely related field is desirable but not required.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • $116,194—$142,743 DOQ
  • Vacation and Sick leave accruals
  • 12 paid Holidays which includes one (1) floating holiday
  • Up to two (2) weeks executive leave annually
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance options
  • City paid $100,000 life insurance
  • Long-term disability plan
  • Washington State Retirement Systems (PERS)
  • Participation in VEBA (Health Reimbursement Account)
  •  Employee Assistance Program
  • Choice of two (2) Employee contributed Deferred Compensation Plans

Application Process:

To apply, please submit a City of Centralia employment application and cover letter.  Application and complete job description can be found at:

First review of applications will be on Monday, April 10, 2023, open until filled.

NOTE:  Resumes may be submitted, but will NOT be accepted in lieu of the City’s application form. Applications can be e-mailed, but the City must receive an original signed application prior to interview.


The City of Centralia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabled veteran status, physical, mental or sensory disability.  Women, minorities, veteran and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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