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Pocomoke City - City Manager

Pocomoke City seeks a progressive visionary leader with a strong, service-oriented approach to managing municipal operations. The successful candidate will be a seasoned professional who is engaged and visible within the community, possesses interpersonal and managerial skills to lead and mentor experienced, dedicated employees, and who is passionate about providing exceptional service to residents.

Candidates must show demonstrated ability in budget, finance, capital improvement, staff relations and supervision, business, and community and intergovernmental relations and should have an entrepreneurial mindset to take on an administrative/economic and development/negotiating role for the City. This position will report directly to the Mayor and the City Council.

Key Responsibilities :

Coordinate the City strategies and activities.

Develop and implement policies, practices and procedures.

Recommend to and confer with management staff regarding plans, specifications, financial needs and capital improvements for the city.

Monitor projects in progress for adherence to project objectives and schedules.

Plan, direct, supervise and coordinate the work activities of the City administrative division to accomplish work objectives and assignments.

Confer with department director and staff to coordinate daily operations and assist in organizing, scheduling and directing the work efforts of the City Departments.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Public Administration or Business Administration preferred, 10+ years of experience in public sector management. Demonstrated ability in intergovernmental relations is required. Proven experience in municipal budgeting, economic development, city development and revitalization programs is a plus.

Preferred candidates will have a minimum of 10 years of experience (or equivalency) overseeing a municipal operation and budget.

The selected individual will be required to reside in the City within a reasonable period of time following appointment to the position.

Candidate must be able to pass background check and pre-employment drug screen.

Job Type: Full-time (M-F)

Competitive Benefit Package

Pocomoke City is an equal opportunity employer without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, sex or age.

Position Description, Pocomoke City, MD

Position Title: City Manager

Position Summary: The City Managerreports to the City Council and works closely with the Mayor to carry out the policies, directives and ordinances approved by the Council. In so doing, he or she directs and manages the operations of the City under general direction from the Mayor and the City Council, to include management and oversight of all City departments and functions, and coordination of special projects. Work may either be performed by the incumbent or delegated to subordinate staff. Additional responsibilities involve overseeing financial and personnel management; grant writing and administration,and overseeing the day-to-day provision of all City Services.

Essential Job Functions:
- Directs and manages the operations of the City:, supervises all department heads and administrative staff; hires all employees, with final approval by the Mayor and City Council; and oversees and participates in the resolution of inquiries and complaints from the public and other organizations.

- Attends all meetings of the Mayor and City Council, Planning and Zoning Commissionand Board of Zoning Appeals; Prepares and distributes weekly memo to brief Mayor and Council Members on the status of City operations and projects; provides analysis as needed to assist the Council to make informed policy decisions; prepares meeting agendas; provides administrative support to the Mayor and Council members as needed. Meets with Mayor on a regular basis between meetings of the Mayor and Council to update Mayor on status of various City activities and projects.

- Oversees operations of all City departments,keeping Mayor and Council apprised of departmental activities; monitors and evaluates progress of departments towards the goals and objectives established by the Mayor and Council.

- Facilitates internal and external communication throughout all levels of the City; conducts staff meetings with department heads.

- Oversees the preparation of the annual budget; reviews departmental budget requests for all City departments; coordinates the scheduling of budget meetings; and ensures compliance with all legal and procedural requirements.

- Oversees professional contractors and/or consultants providing services for City projects; participates in the evaluation and selection of contractors/consultants; interfaces with and monitors the contractors/consultants to ensure timely and quality completion of projects; facilitates coordination throughout the organization; and provides information and support as needed.

- Assists the Mayor and City Council with strategic and long-range planning for the City; keeps Mayor and City Council apprised of developments at the state and federal level that impact the City; monitors pending legislation for impact on the City; oversees compliance with state, federal, and county laws and regulations.

- Represents the City at various meetings, functions, and events; serves as a liaison to various civic organizations and committees, non-profit attractions, taskforces, boards, Chamber of Commerce,and D.P.A. Provides information about City operations; and keeps the Mayor and City Council apprised of such activities.

- Writes grant applications for federal and state funding for capital improvement projects and equipment purchases to include: HUD/CDBG; USDA; MDE, EPA, D.N.R., D.O.J. State Police, MIEMS, Community Legacy and others. Assures compliance with all appropriate regulations and reporting requirements for all grants received.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
This position requires someone who is a generalist with comprehensive and broad knowledge of all aspects of local government management, including principles and practices of organization design and development, public administration, public personnel administration, labor/management relations, local finance administration, local government law, and sources of information related to local government administration; comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of the administration, development and implementation of Capital Programs; analytical ability; ability to plan, organize and direct a broad range of complex municipal services and programs to include an awareness of social, political and environmental issues influencing program development and administration; ability to understand complex data and information, as well as to write clear and concise reports, memoranda, directives and letters; familiarity with municipal budgeting and accounting practices; ability to develop comprehensive plans from general instruction;ability to implement policies and goals of the Mayor and City Council as directed; ability to delegate work to subordinates and to follow-up as necessary; ability to perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks with constant interruptions under intensive deadlines; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and interact with the Mayor, City Council, all levels of City management, other government officials, MD Municipal League, community and civic organizations, employees, the media and the public; ability to exercise tact and diplomacy, especially when addressing highly sensitive political, public policy, community and employee issues and situations to include the proper observance of confidentiality and legal constraints. Excellent “people skills” and the ability to empathize with others are highly desirable traits.

Requires an advanced degree in business or public administration from an accredited college or university,and at least five years of experience in local government general management.Also requires familiarity with grant writing and administration, and with the types of operations and activities conducted by the Pocomoke City Government, to include police; ambulance; public works, water/sewer; golf course/recreation; community and economic development; human resources; legal constraints and requirements; finance; and housing/code enforcement. Incumbent must reside in Pocomoke City while employed as City Manager/Administrator. Possession of the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is desirable.


Pocomoke City is seeking applications for a full-time Laborer in the Public Works Department. Job duties will include routine manual labor involved in trash collection, street maintenance, grass cutting, use of hand-powered and other equipment including mowers, and similar work.

Applications and position description may be obtained in person at City Hall, 101 Clarke Avenue, or online at www.cityofpocomoke.com.Salary $10.28/hr. to 12.30/hr., plus benefits depending on qualifications.


Pocomoke City is accepting applications for the position of Police Patrolman for the Pocomoke City Police Department. Work will include routine mobile and foot patrol duties, enforcement of state and local laws, close interaction with the public, traffic and crowd control during special events, and related duties. The City will pay for professional training, as necessary. This is a sworn position and requires the carrying of a firearm.

Minimum requirements: High School diploma, valid driver’s license, good driving record, clean background check, ability to work independently, ability to pass minimum physical requirements, and work-related references.
Applications are available at City Hall during normal business hours or online at www.cityofpocomokemd.gov.

Competitive salary range ($42,000.00- $50,000.00, D.O.Q.) and excellent benefits. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


The employment application and background investigation form (EBI) is available for printing on this page. This entire form must be completed and returned:

Download: City of Pocomoke Employment Application


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