Bob Murray and Associates

Just one mile from the Pacific Coast in the heart of Orange County – Costa Mesa is one of California’s most eclectic and vibrant cities. The City is home to a diverse population of over 114,000 residents. Costa Mesa offers 32 neighborhood and community parks, two municipal golf courses, a skate park, community center, 25 public schools and three libraries. Fairview Park, a 209-acre natural habitat and wetlands is a popular jewel and a perfect place for biking and walking along its inviting trails.

The Assistant City Manager is one of two and is an at-will executive leadership position serving under the general direction of the City Manager.  The City of Costa Mesa seeks an Assistant City Manager who will promote and embrace a collaborative and inclusive approach to resolving issues; and builds a spirit of teamwork and common purpose while advancing organizational goals and objectives.  The successful candidate will inspire and demonstrate a culture of consistent high performance and accountability.  The ideal candidate will have the highest level of integrity, business, community, and political acumen, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a strong work ethic. 

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible governmental management and supervisory experience, and familiarity with a wide range of municipal services experience in areas and functions which have provided the requisite operational, program and organizational process knowledge base; an equivalent combination of training, certification, and experience may be considered. Extensive management administrative experience of over five (5) years, with expertise in economic development, employment and labor negotiations is highly desirable. Master’s degree in Business or Public Administration or a related field is preferred.  ICMA Credentialed Manager designation is desirable.

The salary range for the Assistant City Manager position is $158,988 – $213,048 annually; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The City also offers an attractive benefits package. 

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. If you have any questions, please contact the lead recruiter, Ms. Valerie Phillips at: (916) 784-9080 

Filing Deadline: Open Until Filled

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