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Town Manager – Clarkdale, Arizona


The Position

The Town of Clarkdale’s next Town Manager will have the opportunity to work in a historic, close-knit community in the heart of the scenic Verde Valley. Clarkdale’s history of political stability and its team of staff who work tirelessly to ensure the delivery of excellent services make the Town one of Arizona’s finest destinations to work, play, and live. The Town Manager is retiring after 21 years of service.

As the Town’s chief administrative officer, the Town Manager oversees all administrative functions, supervises all professional and clerical staff, develops and recommends the annual operating budget, and implements the Council’s policies and decisions. The Town Manager currently has four direct reports, including the Administrative Services Director, Community/Economic Development Director, Police Chief, and Utilities/Public Works Director.

The Town provides residents with an array of municipal services including planning, permitting, and zoning; economic development; special events; parks and recreation; public safety; utilities; and public works. The organization also provides financial, human resources, risk management, information technology, and emergency management functions for the Town.

The Organization

Incorporated in 1957, the Town of Clarkdale operates under the council-manager form of government. The Town Council consists of the Mayor and four Council Members, all elected to serve staggered four-year terms. A Vice Mayor is chosen internally by vote of the Council every two years. The Town Manager is appointed by the Town Council.

The Town of Clarkdale employs approximately 43 employees and its Fiscal Year 2019 budget is $21.9M.

The Town of Clarkdale’s vision is to be “A Place That Makes Sense,” and the organization’s guiding principles include accountability, caring, creative, equity, integrity, leadership, respect, stewardship, sustainability, teamwork, and valuing diversity.

The Ideal Candidate

The Town of Clarkdale is seeking an experienced, hard-working local government professional who has a collaborative management style and is comfortable engaging with staff and the community. The next Manager will bring fresh and innovative ideas, best practices in local government, be responsive, and provide informed and thoughtful recommendations to the Town Council. The ideal candidate will be a respected leader within the region and profession with a high level of integrity, who adheres to the ICMA Code of Ethics.

The Manager will be actively involved and invested in the Clarkdale community. He or she will be dedicated to the Town’s continued success and have a desire to make the Verde Valley their home. He or she will work effectively with the Council and will have a proven track record in successfully implementing and carrying out Council priorities and policies.

The successful candidate will be a skilled local government professional who is a strong communicator, approachable, open to new ideas, flexible, and a demonstrated team player. The ideal candidate will provide excellent customer service to Town residents while having the ability to multi-task and balance numerous concurrent responsibilities.

The Town Manager will lead a team of skilled staff and will be fully invested in the organization’s continued success. He or she will have the ability to empower staff and evaluate the Town’s staffing needs to ensure the efficient and successful operations. This individual will adeptly address personnel issues when necessary and have demonstrated success in retaining, recruiting, and hiring professional and qualified staff.

The ideal candidate can balance everchanging priorities and solve complex administrative issues. The next Manager will have a proven track record of success in economic development and be able to skillfully balance the need for business development and growth while protecting the natural resources of the region and preserving Clarkdale’s history, culture, and unique sense of community.

The ideal Town Manager will have financial expertise including developing and managing budgets, analyzing revenue trends, evaluating investment strategies, and financing/implementing capital improvement programs. He or she will also have experience crafting successful grant applications, overseeing support services contracts, developing bid documents, and negotiating contract awards. This individual has project management experience, works well with a diverse population, and has demonstrated skill in staff development.

Experience and Education

Requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, business management, finance or a closely related field and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in a local government or an organization of comparable complexity.

Preferred qualifications include ten (10) years of managerial and administrative experience in a municipal government, county, school district setting, or working for an elected governing body; including five (5) years’ experience in a senior management (department head) position; a master’s degree in public administration or related field; ICMA-Credentialed Manager designation; strong financial management and budgeting skills; grants management; and management of a capital improvement plan (CIP).


In accordance with Section 3-2-1 of the Code of the Town of Clarkdale, the Town Manager must become a resident of the Town of Clarkdale within 90 days of appointment, unless residency is specifically exempted through an employment contract.

The Community

Located in the heart of the Verde Valley in Yavapai County, the Town of Clarkdale is a small, historic community with endless recreational amenities and a historic Downtown Business District that serves as the Town’s cultural and governmental center. Its unique charm and character can’t be found anywhere else in Arizona. Founded as a smelter town in 1912 by Senator William A. Clark, the Town served as the first master planned community in the State of Arizona and remains a model of good urban planning today.

Clarkdale’s favorable location near the geographic center of Arizona, approximately 40 miles southwest of Flagstaff and 90 miles north of Phoenix, allows residents to take advantage of the urban amenities offered by some of Arizona’s largest metro areas without compromising the benefits of small-town living.

The area is perfect for the outdoor adventurer. The water lover will find that the Verde River, which flows through Clarkdale’s Town limits, is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, picnicking and fishing. And for the land lover, Clarkdale doesn’t disappoint – hiking, camping, hunting – the adventures are endless. Outdoor explorers can take advantage of the national forests, monuments, and Audubon birding areas. For those who like to stay closer to home, Clarkdale boasts local wineries plus events and festivals throughout the year.

The region attracts thousands of tourists annually due to its proximity to the Grand Canyon, Coconino National Forest, and Prescott National Forest. In addition, the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area and the Tuzigoot National Monument lie just outside the borders of Clarkdale. The Verde Canyon Railroad operates on the rails initially built to serve the copper mines in nearby Jerome. This scenic excursion train departs from its Clarkdale depot and carries visitors along the curves of the Verde River and the Verde Canyon.

Clarkdale is composed of various historical landmarks, from the original town site and the Clark Memorial Clubhouse to Historic Route 89A, which connects Clarkdale to the neighboring communities of Cottonwood and Jerome. The entirety of the original town site is recognized as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the leading industries in Clarkdale are education, public administration, retail, and information. Additionally, the Town is home to several successful manufacturing companies, including a multi-national injection and rotomolding company with 100+ employees.

The residents of Clarkdale are well educated, and the majority of the population has some college education. The Yavapai College’s Verde Campus is located in Clarkdale, which offers a wide range of associate degree programs and professional certifications. Further educational opportunities are available through the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and several other colleges and universities all located within 50 miles from Clarkdale. High school students in Clarkdale attend Mingus Union High School, and the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School boasts an excellent reputation for educating students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 4,330
  • Median Household Income: $46,851
  • Median Home Value: $210,263
  • Median Age: 56 years
  • Total Area: 10.57 square miles

The Verde Valley

The Verde Valley region occupies over 715 square miles. The area is unsurpassed in its variety of physical beauty, with the red rocks and Mogollon Rim to the north and east and the Black Hills and Mingus Mountain dominating the western and southern portions of the valley. The Verde Valley region includes five incorporated municipalities, numerous unincorporated communities, parts of two counties, two national forests, five state park facilities, three national monument facilities, a large amount of State Trust land, Native American lands, mountains, canyons, and the Verde River with its equally impressive tributaries. Almost half the population of the Verde Valley lives in incorporated cities and towns, with the rest living in unincorporated portions of Yavapai County and in Coconino County near Sedona. The five incorporated communities found in the Valley are the Town of Clarkdale, City of Cottonwood, Town of Camp Verde, Town of Jerome, and City of Sedona. In addition, one of the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s five reservations lies within the corporate boundaries of the Town of Clarkdale.


The salary range for this position is $94,200 – $119,500, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that contains a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with a first review of applications on March 18, 2019.


Please direct questions to Jenn Reichelt at or 513-221-0500.

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