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City Manager

The Position

The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City and is responsible for implementing the policies and work plan goals of the City Council and providing leadership, coordination, and development for the City departments. The City Manager is the only employee that reports to the City Council. The City Manager oversees all City operations and staff, which are organized in the following departments: City Manager’s Office, Public Works, Planning and Community Development, Administrative Services, Human Resources, City Attorney and Parks, and Recreation and Cultural Services.

The City contracts with King County for police services, though Shoreline officers wear city uniforms, drive vehicles marked as Shoreline Police, and the Police Chief serves on the City Manager’s Leadership Team with other department heads. Currently, water is provided by Seattle Public Utilities and Shoreline Water District; wastewater is provided by Ronald Wastewater District. However, the City is scheduled to assume wastewater as a city service in 2017. Shoreline will also be acquiring the water service from Seattle Public Utilities and providing water service to residents in 2021. There are significant milestones to be achieved now and in the years leading up to these dates when the City will begin providing water and wastewater utility services directly to residents. Fire services are provided by the Shoreline Fire District. The City employs 139 FTE and has a 2013 General Fund budget of $34,193,842, with total expenditures across all funds of $67,049,762. The City has an experienced, talented Leadership Team and a dedicated, motivated, hardworking employee group.

The City of Shoreline operates as a code city under the laws of the State of Washington with a council-manager form of government. The City has a seven member City Council elected at large for four-year staggered terms with a Mayor selected by the Council for a two-year term. Three of the four incumbents are running unopposed in the November elections.

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

Requirements for the position of City Manager include a Bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field and a minimum of 10 years of senior management experience in local government, including operational management experience. Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree in public or business administration, an ICMA Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) certification, and demonstrated experience in attracting and retaining a leadership team, sound budget and financial management, economic development and redevelopment in a growth management regulatory environment, and oversight of utilities.

The Ideal Candidate

The Ideal City Manager will be an experienced, hard-working local government professional who has a collaborative management style that engages with staff and the community, brings fresh and innovative ideas, considers the community-wide implications, and makes informed recommendations to the City Council. The next City Manager will be politically astute, think strategically, work with partners in the region, negotiate well on the City’s behalf, and adapt readily to changing needs and circumstances. He/she will bring energy and passion for public service yet remain calm under pressure. The City Manager will be a good listener, forthright and open in communication regardless of the audience. The ideal candidate will have a track record of developing and bringing out the best work of staff, attracting and retaining a talented leadership team, delegating appropriately, and keeping focused on achieving results on top priorities for the City. The City Manager will exhibit the highest ethical standards and be committed to fostering an organizational culture of service, integrity, and professional development.

The Community

The City of Shoreline is located just north of the City of Seattle, in King County, Washington. Shoreline’s western border is directly on the Puget Sound, providing residents with breathtaking views of the water and Olympic Mountains. Shoreline offers classic Pacific Northwest beauty and the convenience of suburban living with the attractions of nearby urban opportunities.

The City of Shoreline, a first-tier suburb, was an unincorporated island of King County surrounded by the older cities of Seattle, Edmonds, Woodway, and Lake Forest Park until the city formally incorporated in 1995. Covering 11.7 square miles, Shoreline has a diverse population of over 53,000 residents and is primarily residential with a limited commercial tax base. Median household income was $66,774 in 2011 and 29% of residents reported income of $100,000 a year or more.

Shoreline has developed a reputation of strong neighborhoods, excellent schools and abundant parks. It values community engagement and its high quality of life. In the 2012 edition of the biannual Shoreline Community Survey, 92% of residents rated Shoreline as an excellent or good place to live and 89% rated the city as a good or excellent place to raise children. Local media, such as Seattle Magazine and Seattle Met, have named Shoreline one of the “best places to live” in the Puget Sound area several times. In 2010, Money Magazine recognized Shoreline as one of America’s best small cities on their annual list, “America’s Best Places to Live.”

The City has maintained a strong, healthy fiscal condition. Shoreline has a perfect record of 17 years of unqualified (clean) audit opinions, 14 consecutive years receiving the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, an AA+ bond rating, a Standard & Poor’s Financial Management Assessment Rating of “Strong,” and healthy reserves for operating, cash flow and equipment replacement. In the fall of 2010, the citizens of Shoreline passed a City property tax proposition with 56% in favor, and prior to that, in 2006, citizens passed a parks bond measure with 70% affirmative vote.

The City is focused on expanding the tax base through redevelopment along the Aurora Avenue corridor, around two future Sound Transit light rail stations, and through growth of existing businesses. The City’s land use processes operate within the state’s growth management regulations. It is committed to environmental stewardship and values its
rich diversity.

2013-2015 City Council Goals

Every year the City Council holds a strategic planning and goal setting retreat to monitor progress and determine priorities and action steps for the coming year. The result is the establishment of the Council’s goals and workplan. For more information on the City’s vision for 2029 and council goals and workplan go to

  • Goal 1: Strengthen Shoreline’s economic base
  • Goal 2: Improve Shoreline’s utility, transportation and environmental infrastructure
  • Goal 3: Prepare for two Shoreline light rail stations
  • Goal 4: Enhance openness and opportunities for community engagement
  • Goal 5: Promote and enhance the City’s safe community and neighborhood initiatives and programs


The hiring salary range is expected to be $150,000 to $170,000 DOQ with an excellent benefit package.

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How to Apply

Applications are being accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. To apply email cover letter, resume, 10-year salary history, and three to five professional references to Open until filled. Apply by October 24 for first review of applications.


Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or by telephone to (240) 832-1778.

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