City Administrator/City Clerk

October 2, 2019


The City of Clarion, Iowa is hiring a City Administrator/City Clerk. The county seat, Clarion is 1¼ hours north of Des Moines, and has become a resurgent, exciting and thriving community on the move. The ideal candidate will embrace the opportunity to create and execute innovative ideas to drive economic growth. 


Population: 2,850

Budget: $7.8 million

FTE’s: 20


Why Clarion, Why Now?

· Estimated population growth of 8-10% in next 5-10 years

· Active development of homes in White Fox Landing

· Negotiations underway to develop 32 twin homes

· Prestage Foods of Iowa, 20 miles to the southwest, opened in 2019 and anticipated to employee over 900

· Proud record of generosity resulting in a rehabilitated movie theater, a restored and expanded library, a new school playground, an aquatic center, and the Heartland Museum

· Families re-establish themselves in Clarion, attributing high quality of life

· Home to an award-winning medical center, two large manufacturers, and industrial park

· Clarion-Goldfield-Dows school system is poised for growth; facility expansions planned

· Participated in visioning program and generated visual concepts for improved safety, functionality, and aesthetics throughout community (i.e. walking/biking trails, rain gardens, downtown landscapes)

· In planning phase of recreation center for sought-after indoor recreation space

· Strong community engagement through civic organizations and local businesses

· Legal counsel engaged and focused on nuisances, abandoned homes, and internal policies

· Full-service community with water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, police/fire/EMS, an airport

· In planning stages of new water plant and water well


Key Responsibilities

· Facilitates the day-to-day operations of municipality

· Oversees all operations and departments with guidance from Council/Mayor

· Performs duties of City Clerk including payroll and human resources

· Engages community through technology and personal contact



·Must have Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public administration; Master’s degree encouraged

·5+ years of local government experience preferred (i.e. City Manager/Administrator/Clerk, City Planner, elected official)

· Proven success in strategic planning and project management

· Driven, growth-oriented with creative ideas and initiative to adopt change

· Demonstrated achievement in interacting and influencing a diverse audience

· Previous experience in community and economic development, public finance and budgetary practices


The City operates under a council-administrator form of government. The governing body is composed of five council members and a non-voting mayor who are elected at-large.


Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:

City of Clarion

Attn: Ana Lozano, Interim City Clerk

PO Box 266

Clarion, IA 50525



Salary: $75,000-$90,000 DOQ

Benefits: Health, Dental, & Vision, Life, Long-Term Disability, Short-Term Disability, IPERS retirement, car allowance, phone reimbursement


The position will remain open until filled.

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