City Manager

City of Watsonville, CA

City Manager
City of Watsonville, CA

Watsonville is located in beautiful Santa Cruz County, five miles inland from the scenic Monterey Bay. The City has a total population of 52,500 and a land area of nearly 6.2 square miles. The community is located just 26 miles from world famous Monterey and only 18 miles south of Santa Cruz.  Watsonville’s location is topped only by its ideal climate and rustic, small town charm of a close-knit community. Watsonville is an engaged community with active public participation from all segments of the City. Watsonville is a full-service city, providing public safety, public works, parks and community services, library, and planning services. The City also has several enterprise operations, including a municipal airport, solid waste, water, and wastewater. The City employs approximately 407  full-time equivalent positions and adopted a FY 2021/22 budget of $184.1 million.  For more information about the City of Watsonville, please visit
The City Council seeks an authentic leader, a good communicator who is open to different perspectives, and a good listener and one who can work effectively with the City Council, the community, the executive team and staff.  The new City Manager will be engaged in the community, have a community presence, participating and/or be active in community events and social opportunities.  This ideal candidate will be a convener of different perspectives and be committed to transparency; they will be a flexible and accountable leader who understands the unique character/spirit of Watsonville with regard to its diversity, geographic location, and opportunities for balanced growth.

Candidates with a demonstrated track record and commitment to excellent customer service, with strong administrative and leadership experience serving in communities of similar size, scope, and complexity as City Manager or Assistant/Deputy City Manager are ideal candidates.  The minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree and at least one-year experience as a City Manager or three-years’ experience as an Assistant City Manager/Deputy City Manager in a city of comparable or larger size. A Master’s degree with major coursework in public administration or business administration and Bilingual English/Spanish is desired.

The current annual salary is $235,750.  Placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications.

Please submit your cover letter and resume (including month/year of employment) via our website:
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Feel free to contact Maria Hurtado at (831) 247-7885 if you have any questions regarding this position or recruitment process.  Resumes will be acknowledged within two business days.

Filing Deadline:   February 10, 2022