This is an excellent opportunity to work and live in an established city located on the southeast coast of Texas that faces a number of challenges due primarily to past damages suffered from hurricanes.  

The City of Port Arthur is seeking a dedicated, responsive, motivated and experienced individual for its next City Manager and to replace a long-term City Manager who will be leaving the City early in 2012. The ideal candidate will be a proven leader and manager as well as be someone with a good understanding of delivering high quality services to the entire community.

The City Manager of the City of Port Arthur is required to possess the equivalent of a Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Public or Business Administration or a closely related field. An advanced degree is desirable. Evidence of continued professional development is desired. Possession of or ability to obtain a Texas Driver License is required.

The ideal candidate for City Manager of the City of Port Arthur will possess at least nine years of increasingly responsible experience in an administrative, managerial, or staff capacity in a large municipal organization involving the responsibility for planning, organization, implementation and supervision of varied work programs. Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

The City Manager is also required to possess a comprehensive knowledge of modern local government management principles and practices, concepts, methods and procedures.

The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City, performing highly responsible managerial and supervisory work in planning, organizing and directing the operations of the City. Duties include administering policies established by the City Council and by law; developing and implementing administrative procedures; coordinating and directing all departments and staff operations; selecting, developing and effectively utilizing staff; and overall supervision of projects, municipal financing, developing business interests and intergovernmental relationships. The City Manager is also responsible for relating to the community at large and exercising direct and indirect supervision over Assistant City Managers, Department heads and staff assigned to the City Managerís Office.

The City of Port Arthur is located in Southeastern Texas on the Gulf Coast about 90 miles east of Houston. The City is bordered by Lake Sabine, an inland bay, and has access to the Gulf of Mexico through Sabine Pass. The City is spread over 87.96 square miles and has a 2010 population of 53,000+, a reduction of over 4,000 since 2000.

The City of Port Arthur was incorporated in 1898 and is a home rule city. The City is governed under a Council-Manager form of government with the Council consisting of eight council members and a Mayor. The City Manager is responsible for policy implementation, day-to-day operations, and the appointment of department heads.

The City provides a full range of municipal services, including police and fire, solid waste, water and sewer, streets and drainage, recreation and parks, library, health, and others.  There are approximately thirty-five departments and divisions.  Except for the City Secretary, who oversees the Municipal Court, and the City Attorney, all City department heads report to the City Manager.

The Cityís FY 2011-2012 budget totals $112,017,341 and provides approximately 670 full-time employees assigned to various government operations and funds.  The General Fund and the Utility Funds amount to about 72 percent of the total annual budget.

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The starting salary will be market competitive, depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual. In addition, an excellent fringe benefit package will be provided to the successful candidate. Reasonable relocation expenses will also be paid for the selected candidate.

For additional information on this outstanding opportunity, please contact James L. Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc. at 505-466-9500;

This position is open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as resumes will be reviewed as they are received prior to a City Council selection process. To be considered for this career opportunity as the City Manager of Port Arthur, submit a confidential letter of application and resume that includes length of time in each position, current salary, size of staff and budgets managed, and four work-related references to James L. Mercer, President/CEO; The Mercer Group, Inc.; 551 W. Cordova Road, #726; Santa Fe, NM 87505.  Voice:  505-466-9500; Fax:      505-466-1274. E-Mail:; Website:

Resumes will be screened based on the criteria outlined in this brochure. Candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be given preliminary interviews by the consultant. The Mercer Group will report the results to the City Council. The City Council will then select candidates to be invited to participate in interviews in Port Arthur. An offer of appointment is expected shortly thereafter following extensive reference and background checks. For additional information about this excellent opportunity, please contact Jim Mercer.

The City of Port Arthur is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City of Port Arthur does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas or disability in employment or the provision of services.

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