Located in Southwest Florida along the Gulf of Mexico, Lee County is approximately 120 miles south of Tampa and about 150 miles from Miami and Orlando. The County is home to five incorporated municipalities, including Fort Myers, the County seat. The County has approximately 650,000 residents and encompasses approximately 811 square miles and is known for its beautiful, sandy white beaches, subtropical climate and exceptional quality of life. The County has a Commission/Manager form of government in which five Commissioners are elected at large to four-year staggered terms. The County has an FY2012/2013 adopted budget of $1.76 billion including reserves and a General Fund operating budget of $457 million, with approximately 2,300 employees. The County Manager reports to the Board of County Commissioners and serves as the Chief Administrative Officer responsible for the day-to-day operations of the County. A County Manager who demonstrates exceptional professional management and leadership skills and who is approachable, transparent, and accountable is desired. Requirements for the position include a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Public or Business Administration, Economics, Finance or a related field; a Master’s degree is preferred. Candidates should have at least seven years of progressively responsible senior level management experience in public or business administration, preferably within local government as a City/County Manager or Assistant City/County Manager with agencies of similar size and complexities. Private sector experience is valued and direct experience related to performance management, benchmarking, strategic planning, as well as intergovernmental relations and public/private partnerships is a plus. Solid financial and budgetary skills is a must. Salary is open, dependent upon qualifications, with a competitive benefits package.
Lee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Pursuant to Florida’s open records law, applications and resumes are subject to public disclosure.
Lee County, Florida (pop. 645,000) is located along the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, approximately 120 miles south of Tampa and 150 miles from Miami and Orlando. The County encompasses 811 square miles and includes five incorporated cities including Cape Coral (pop. 157,000), Bonita Springs, Sanibel, the Town of Fort Myers Beach, and Fort Myers, the County seat. Lee County is recognized for being an innovative county and has received numerous awards and recognitions.
Lee County is home to the ninth largest school district in Florida and the 40th largest in the United States. One of the most progressive public school districts in the state, Lee County provides excellent options for primary and secondary education as well as higher learning opportunities. The County has over 120 public schools, including many private and charter schools, one of which was recently recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Higher educational opportunities are available through esteemed local and regional colleges and universities, including Florida Gulf Coast University, Barry University, Nova Southeastern University, Edison State College, Hodges University, ITT Technical Institute, Keiser University, Southwest Florida College and Rasmussen College.
For the recreation and the outdoor enthusiast, Lee County has 50 miles of sandy white beaches, many parks, country clubs, championship golf courses, streams, creeks and lakes which provide world-class fishing and recreation. The County has approximately 4.7 millions visitors annually, which, in 2012, resulted in an economic impact of $3 billion. Within the County, there are 13 islands and four wildlife refuges. Lee County’s Department of Parks & Recreation maintains a year-round schedule of events, recreational activities and competitive sports for all ages. Local attractions include four baseball stadiums which are Major League Baseball Spring Training homes to the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Other popular attractions within a three-hour drive include Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens.
Major employers within the County include the Lee County School District, Lee Memorial Health System, Publix Supermarkets, Lee County Government, Wal-Mart, and Chico’s FAS. The racial demographics of the County are 70% Caucasian, 19% Hispanic, 9% African American, and 1% Asian and 1% Other. The median household income is more than $40,000, and the County’s cost of living index is 95.5, which is less than the U.S. average of 100.
With an average annual temperature of 74 degrees and approximately 266 sunny days a year, Lee County provides warm climate year round for its residents to enjoy. The County’s subtropical climate, stable economy, variety of housing choices, excellent schools, myriad of healthcare and transportation options afford its residents an exceptional quality of life.
Lee County was founded in 1887 and is named after General Robert E. Lee. The County is a political subdivision of the State of Florida, governed by the State Constitution and general laws of the State of Florida. It became a Charter County upon the enactment of its County Charter approved by the voters in November of 1996, effective as of January 1, 1997. The County has a Commission-Manager form of government in which five Commissioners are elected at large to four-year staggered terms with no term limits. The County Manager, County Attorney and Hearing Examiner report to the County Commission. The Port Authority Director is a contract employee of the County Commission.
The County Manager serves as the chief executive officer and oversees the Deputy County Manager—a position which is currently vacant—five Assistant County Managers, and numerous department heads. Departments include County Administration; Administrative Services; Animal Services; Budget; Community Development; Construction & Design; County Lands; Economic Development; Facilities; Fleet; GIS; Human/Public Resources; Human Services; Information Technology; Library; Natural Resources; Parks & Recreation; Purchasing; Public Resources; Public Safety; Smart Growth; Solid Waste; Sports Authority; Sustainability; Transit; Transportation; Utilities; Veteran Services; and Visitor & Convention Bureau. The County has five Constitutional Officers which include the Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Clerk of the Court, and the Sheriff. The County has approximately 2,300 employees and an FY2012/2013 countywide budget of $1.76 billion, including both reserves and a General Fund operating budget of $457 million. Since the FY2007-08 budget, the County has had an overall reduction of 14% in staff and a $650 million reduction in the budget.
Historically a fiscally conservative agency, the County continues to provide a high level of service delivery to a rapidly growing population. In recent years, the County experienced a significant decline in assessed property values. The local real estate market has been flooded with homes for sale, many of which have been foreclosed. With the resulting decline in revenues, the County has taken the necessary steps to reduce its budget while maintaining a high level of core services, often through use of its reserves. In addition, the County has reduced its impact fees significantly for a time period to relieve additional burdens on local enterprises. The real estate market is rebounding, and, with other revenues such as tourism taxes, the County’s fiscal condition remains stable and is continuing to improve. The County Manager will continue to evaluate the current economic situation and provide the Board with recommendations to ensure minimal impact to programs and service delivery levels.
The County Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the County and provides leadership to implement the goals, policies and procedures as directed by the County Commission. Responsibilities as outlined in the County Charter and in Florida Statute 125.74 include:
- Administer and carry out the directives and policies of the Board of County Commissioners and secure the enforcement of all Orders, Resolutions, Ordinances and Regulations. Provide an annual report to the Board on the state of the County, the work of the previous year and any recommendations as to actions or programs necessary for the improvement of the County and the welfare of its residents.
- Provide the Board, or individual members thereof, upon request, with data, and advice and recommendations concerning operations.
- Prepare and submit an annual operating budget, a capital budget, and capital program, including the establishment of schedules and procedures to be followed by all County departments, offices, and agencies in connection with the budget. Supervise and administer all phases of the budgetary process.
- Develop, install, and maintain centralized budgeting, personnel, legal, and purchasing procedures.
- Organize the work of the County departments pursuant to an administrative code. Review the departments, administration and operation of the County and make recommendations for reorganization if needed.
- Select, employ and supervise all personnel and fill all vacancies, positions or employment under the jurisdiction of the Board except County Attorney and Hearing Examiner.
- Suspend, discharge or remove any employee under the jurisdiction of the Board pursuant to procedures adopted and set forth in the Lee County Employee Handbook.
- Negotiate leases, contracts, and other agreements, including consultant services, for the County subject to the approval of the Board and make recommendations concerning the nature and location of County improvements.
- Ensure that all terms and conditions in all leases, contracts and agreements are performed and notify the Board of any noted violation thereof.
The County is seeking a decisive, professional manager who is approachable, articulate, ethical, and dedicated to providing public services. The ideal candidate will be a confident leader who has a proven record of being results-oriented, who will set a course of action with clearly defined expectations and hold staff accountable. A team-oriented manager who values and empowers staff and is fair, consistent and equitable to all employees is needed. Establishing trust and demonstrating integrity and transparency with the Board, staff and the community is essential. A willingness to look at new approaches and innovative solutions to improve operations and services will be needed. The selected candidate will have exceptional communication skills to include listening and disseminating information effectively throughout the organization. The ability to connect with the workforce and involvement in the community is important.
Requirements for the position include a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Public or Business Administration, Economics, Finance or a related field; a Master’s degree is preferred. Candidates should have at least seven years of progressively responsible senior level management experience in public or business administration, preferably within local government as a City/County Manager or Assistant City/County Manager with agencies of similar size and complexities. Private sector experience is valued and direct experience related to performance management, benchmarking, strategic planning, as well as intergovernmental and public/private partnerships is a plus. Solid financial and budgetary skills is a must. Residency within the County is required.
The salary range is open and dependent upon qualifications, with a competitive benefits package. The starting salary will be based upon the knowledge and experience of the individual selected. The County offers a competitive benefits package. For additional information on benefits, please visit:
The County participates in the Florida Retirement System. The State of Florida does not have a state income tax.
Resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. Screening interviews with the most qualified applicants will be conducted by Bob Murray & Associates in order to determine a select group of finalist candidates who will be asked to provide references; references will be contacted only following candidate consent. Final interviews will be held in Lee County with the Board of Commissioners. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following the selection of the County Manager.
Lee County is an Equal Opportunity/AA/DFWP Employer. Preference in appointment will be given to eligible veterans and their spouses.
PURSUANT TO FLORIDA OPEN RECORDS LAW, APPLICATIONS AND RESUMES ARE SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Renee Narloch at: (850) 391-0000