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 Test Dates: August 13 & 14, 2021 in Milford, Iowa

Application deadline is July 30, 2021, at 4:00pm

Lakes Area Law Enforcement Employment Co-op is establishing an eligibility list for current and future law enforcement openings in the beautiful Iowa Great Lakes Area!

The Co-op consists of: Armstrong, Arnolds Park, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Lake Park, Milford, Okoboji, Spencer, Spirit Lake Police Departments; Clay & Dickinson County Sheriff’s Offices.

At the time of application, candidates must meet State Requirements for Law Enforcement Employment. Currently certified ILEA applicants are allowed lateral transfer. Applicants without certification are required to pass P.O.S.T. & physical agility exams.  EOE.

Successful applicants are eligible for employment by all agencies

For application details contact: Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, 712-336-2793, any Co-op Agency, or visit 



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The City Manager is directed by the Mayor and City Council, and serves as the chief administrator/operating officer for the City. They have authority to oversee the day-to-day operations of the City government and coordinate/assist all municipal departments, delegating authority to the department heads as appropriate.

The City Manager will provide for the efficient and effective management of all facets of Spencer City government under the control and jurisdiction of the City council. He/she will provide optimum coordination, communication and cooperation between and among City departments, boards and commissions and City staff under the control and jurisdiction of the Spencer City Council. He/she will promote efficient, fair and equitable personnel management and administration, and support/assist retail, industrial and other economic development, as well as provide for the systematic and orderly flow of information to and from the Council, its department heads and staff and citizens of the community. The City Manager will serve as the primary liaison and City representative to community organizations and citizens, as well as public representative for the City.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned by the Mayor or City Council.

  • Supervise enforcement and execution of all City ordinances and resolutions and applicable State and Federal laws and regulations within the City
  • Attend all meetings of the Council unless excused by the Mayor or majority of the Council members
  • Recommend to the Council such measures as may be necessary or expedient for the good government and welfare of the City
  • Generally supervise and direct the administration of the City government
  • Supervise and conduct the business affairs of the City and, in conjunction with the City Clerk, cause accurate records to be kept by modern and efficient accounting methods
  • Supervise the performance of all contracts for work to be done for the City; supervise all purchases of material and supplies and ensure that such material and supplies are received and are of the quality and character called for by the contract
  • Supervise the construction, improvement, repair, maintenance and management of all City properties, capital improvements, and undertakings of the City, including the making and preservation of all surveys, maps, plans, drawings, specifications and estimates for capital improvements
  • Be directly responsible to the Council for the administration of the City as directed by the Council. All City departmental administration requiring the attention of the Council shall be brought before the Council by the Manager. Council involvement in administration initiated by the Council must be coordinated through the Manager
  • Supervise and direct the official conduct of all officers, departments and employees of the City, specifically including, but not limited to, police, fire, streets, sewers, water pollution control facilities, parks, cemeteries, airport, library, Municipal golf course, solid waste disposal, and central administration. To effectuate this responsibility, the City Manager shall have the power and authority to provide performance management oversight and direction in alignment with City of Spencer personnel policies/handbook, in coordination with the City Council, who have final authority over Department Heads
  • Represent the City, as directed by the Council, in all negotiations and relations with employees, contractors, consultants, other governmental units, and civic organizations in which the City may have an interest
  • Cooperate with, assist and advise all administrative agencies, City boards and commissions and act as the Council’s liaison and representative to such entities
  • Investigate the affairs and conduct of any department, agency, officer or employee of the City, as deemed appropriate, and make recommendation of action to the City Council
  • Keep the Council fully advised of the financial and other conditions of the City and of its future needs
  • Supervise and assist the Finance Director, City Clerk, City boards, commissions and all City departments in the preparation of and administration and operation of the City’s annual budget
  • Make to the Council periodic reports of the general condition of the City, in writing, at such intervals as the Council directs
  • Advise, assist and consult with the City Attorney on all City legal matters
  • Assist and supervise the City Clerk in regard to the issuance of all licenses and permits and provide for and cause the records to be kept of the issuance and revocation of such licenses and permits. Council approval prior to issuance shall be obtained when required by ordinance or statute
  • Assist the City Clerk to ensure that all necessary and proper records required by ordinance, State or Federal law or regulation are properly maintained
  • Formulate and recommend employment and personnel policies, compensation schedules and benefits, in coordination with the Human Resource Manager, with the approval of the council; cooperate and assist the city attorney in all manners relating to collective bargaining
  • Compile and maintain current and up to date information regarding all funding sources of the city, including state and federal grant and loan programs; plan, develop, prepare and submit, with the approval and at the direction of the council, applications for grants, loans and other sources of funding and to administer all such funding
  • Make recommendations to the council and participate in projects and endeavors to support economic growth and development in the city. Support, assist & retain retail, industrial & other economic development of the city
  • Faithfully represent the council and the city in intergovernmental relations
  • The City Manager shall have the power to employ, reclassify, discipline, or suspend any employee under his/her direct control. The City Manager shall also have the power to employ, reclassify, discipline, suspend or discharge any employee under the supervision and control of any department head, but only with the concurrence of the department head. The City Manager shall not have the authority to employ or appoint, reclassify or discharge the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works, City Clerk, City Attorney, Deputy City Manager/Finance Director, or the Planning Director. However, the City Manager shall, when appropriate, recommend to the council action regarding such appointed officers or employees of the city and shall also recommend to and seek direction from the council when the manager and a department head are not in agreement in regard to the employment, reclassification, suspension, discipline or discharge of a city employee
  • The City Manager will serve as Executive Director for the Spencer Economic Development Corporation, with duties as outlined in their bylaws
  • Directly supervise, direct and assist the Human Resource Manager
  • Perform such other duties as the mayor or council may direct
  • The City Manager shall act as the council’s liaison and representative to the Spencer Municipal Utilities and the Spencer Municipal Hospital and will cooperate with the boards and managers of such entities for the good of the city. The City Manager shall, from time to time as deemed appropriate, make recommendations to the council concerning its relations with the Spencer Municipal Utilities and Spencer municipal hospital

Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or closely related field (Master’s preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience with increasing management responsibilities in an executive position such as Department Head, Assistant Manager, City Manager or Administrator
  • Experience in budget policy and structure tied to strategic planning; budget preparation and presentation
  • Experience and passion for building strong relationships with the Mayor, City Council, community organizations, citizens and staff
  • Working knowledge of public financing techniques (TIF, bonds, grants, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge and experience in economic development, including downtown development
  • History of strategic planning & implementation
  • Strong background of working well with neighboring communities and other units of government
  • History of involvement in professional and community organizations
  • Experience in infrastructure repair/replacement
  • Experience with comprehensive planning
  • Housing development/redevelopment
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal communication skills, with ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Must possess a high standard of personal character, integrity and ethics

Physical Requirements

Ability to exert light to moderate physical effort including stooping, kneeling, standing, lifting (up to 25lbs), pushing, and pulling.

Work Environment

Work is generally performed in an office setting, and includes travel to other city departments. Regular evening meeting attendance is required.

EOE / ADA Statement

The City of Spencer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, The City of Spencer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Competitive Benefit Package

  • Medical: 2 Low Deductible Plans to choose from, 100% paid for employee
  • Dental, Vision & Life, FSA, Healthy Life Program
  • Sick & Vacation accrual; Personal leave, 7 paid holidays
  • IPERS Pension Retirement Plan & 457 Deferred compensation plan


Email cover letter & resume to Jessica Wright, Human Resource Manager:


General Employment Application:

Application Form

101 W 5th Street
Spencer, IA 51301