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Now Hiring - City of Claremont - City Manager

The City of Claremont is currently seeking experienced, energetic, motivational, & visionary candidates for the position of City Manager. Claremont is a progressive City dedicated to preserving small town values while planning for the future and is home to a diverse mix of 1,457 residents and multinational corporations with a daytime population of about 5,000 people. Situated in the beautiful rolling hills of western North Carolina, with ample opportunities for recreation, shopping and dining abounding in the region makes Claremont an ideal place to call home.

The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City with 23 full-time and 22 part-time employee’s covering Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Finance, and, Water & Sewer Operations. The manager also has contractual oversight of library, planning, & wastewater operations. The FY19 General Fund Budget totals $3.65 million, and the Water/Sewer Fund totals $1.45 million.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • strong personnel management skills

  • the ability to develop and manage a growing budget with multiple capital projects

  • the ability and inclination to get out of the office and connect with the public, businesses and public schools

  • communicate well with the City Council

  • savviness with technology

  • organize key activities of city departments

  • indicate a willingness and desire for a lengthy tenure with the City

The City of Claremont is a growing and progressive community with many key projects planned and underway. Some highlights include:

  • a large international industrial park with a second phase that includes a 187-acre rail served site

  • multiple infrastructure projects including a major wastewater project, construction of a new public works facility, downtown/City Hall improvements budgeted and in planning phases

  • a variety of grants including CMAQ and federal transportation sidewalk grants, Carolina Thread Trail, DEQ Grants –Asset Inventory and Assessment (AIA) for wastewater, a variety of grants/loans associated with the wastewater project (i.e. Golden Leaf, Industrial Development Funds, DEQ State revolving fund loan)

  • two recently completed industrial spec buildings in partnership between the city, county, EDC and a local developer (one building is sold and occupied and another was recently completed and is for sale)

  • two new multi-family projects including Oxford Crossing Apartments and Chloe Court Homes

Candidates must have the ability to relate well to the community and have the ability to partner with an engaged council to carry out the strategic priorities of the community. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation with a bachelor’s degree, or Masters’ degree preferred in public administration or a related field, several years’ local government management experience preferred.

The hiring range is $70,000-$90,000 depending on qualifications with a full benefits package. The position is open until filled but please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to WPCOG Executive Director Anthony Starr, at P.O. Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603 no later than Friday, June 22, 2018, to ensure consideration. Electronic submission of applications via email at is welcomed. Candidates will be subject to an interview process with a selection committee. The first round of interviews will take place in July. The City of Claremont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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