City Manager

City of Weed
(530) 859-1783

City of Weed, California, Population 3,000

Salary $120,132-$144, 144 DOQ, plus excellent benefits including PERS retirement 2% @60 for Classic members, and health insurance coverage for employee and family fully  paid by the City

The City: This could be just the unique professional opportunity and experience you’ve been seeking.  Nestled at the base of majestic Mount Shasta in beautiful Siskiyou County, conveniently located right on Interstate 5 and along the 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, is the historic City of Weed. It is a dynamic growing community successfully transitioning from its lumber town legacy toward a vibrant tourism and transportation-based economy.  Named after its founder Abner Weed, Weed is a full-service General Law City with, 30 FT and 9 PT employees and volunteers, and current Budget of $7.7 million, $5 million General Fund.   Its location at the juncture of Highway 97 also makes Weed the gateway to the eastside of the Cascades, and attractive to major travel facilities. 

The Community:  With a median home price of $175,000, Weed remains affordable and livable with excellent schools, medical facilities, entertainment, and cultural events.  Locals and visitors alike enjoy the best outdoor year round seasonal recreation California can offer.   Ethnically and culturally diverse, Weed also benefits from the active involvement and creativity of its residents, which was clearly in evidence following the destructive 2014 “Boles Fire.”  The City and community both rose to the occasion, and have since come closer together during its significant recovery efforts, further strengthening community ties.  Weed also offers an expanding College of the Siskiyous, a new Community Center, Library, and a Conference Center currently scheduled for construction in 2020/21, as well as fundamental up to date planning frameworks of its 2017 General Plan and 2018 Resiliency Plan, and its 2019/20 Vista Drive road project. 

The Position and Who We’re Looking For: A politically stable community, Weed’s last two City Managers have retired after 12 and 9 years of service.  The City is seeking a City Manager who is forward thinking, innovative and visionary. A facilitator and leader within both the City organization and the community with a can do approach that encourages and inspires others to do the same.  City Council is seeking a long-term mutual commitment with its next City Manager, and continuing with the City’s present track of organizational improvement and community progress, including demonstrated experience and capability to manage the planning, financing and implementation of large infrastructure construction projects (including water, wastewater, and roads), and to effectively write, acquire, and manage various utility planning and construction grants.  The Manager will also be actively engaged in, and help build community unity around, the City’s “open for business” Main Street initiative to bring people back into the downtown to restore its vibrancy, with the intention of opening the way for enhanced commerce for locals and tourists.

It is critical for the new Manager to immediately focus on coalescing and “orchestrating” the management team into a close-knit, self-confident, coherent whole that will ever keep an eye on the future.  As the linchpin between City Hall and the community, the new Manager will seek to cultivate and sustain greater cohesion and commitment within both.  The Manager will also effectively participate in such regional partnerships as the Siskiyou Economic Development Council, expand its partnership with College of the Siskiyous, and represent the City in various intergovernmental relations.

Desired Education, Experience and Skills:  The position requires a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or a related field (MPA desirable), and a minimum of five year’s successful, progressive experience in municipal government management, including budget and municipal finance, human resources, grantsmanship, employee negotiations, and economic development.  Highly desirable attributes include a collaborative teambuilding management style, stellar social and public relations, excellent computer and oral and written communication skills, the ability to thrive in a hands-on multi-task work environment, and a high level of ethical integrity and trustworthiness

APPLY BY: 5:00 P.M. Monday, December 16, 2019.  Submit a cover letter, detailed professional resume – including beginning and ending dates of each position, and any breaks in service - and contact information for at least five professional references to City of Weed, Attn: Jeff Butzlaff, P.O. Box 470, Weed, CA 96094, or e-mail to or  Direct all phone inquiries to Mr. Butzlaff at (530) 859-1783.  Formal Position Flier expected to be available mid-Oct., including on City’s website at