Iola, KS - City Administrator

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Iola, Kansas Seeks City Administrator

Iola, Kansas, is the county seat of Allen County and has been recognized as a “Community of Excellence” through the Kansas PRIDE Program because of its high level of citizen engagement in the City’s planning process and support for its mission and vision. This charming community of 5,459 is ideally nestled between the Flint Hills to the west and the Ozarks to the southeast, 100 miles south of Kansas City, 115 miles east of Wichita, 143 miles north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 99 miles west of Joplin, Missouri. Its centralized location within southeast Kansas makes Iola an ideal place to live, work, and play.

The City of Iola is a full-service city which operates under the mayor-council form of government. The City Council is comprised of nine members, including the Mayor. There are four wards, with two Council members elected per ward, and members serve four-year staggered terms. A professional City Administrator, who is selected by and reports to the City Council, manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.

The City of Iola seeks an active, creative, visionary, but grounded servant leader with an entrepreneurial spirit to serve as its new City Administrator. The selected candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, business management, or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university. A master’s degree is preferred. At least 10 or more years of progressively responsible municipal government operations experience, including 5 or more years of experience as a city administrator or assistant city administrator in a similarly sized city is required. Experience managing utilities, including water and wastewater, is required, with experience managing electric and gas utilities preferred. Candidates with at least 2 years, not necessarily as an administrator, but in public works, utilities, streets, or as an assistant to the administrator will be given due consideration based on other qualifications and experience. Once hired, the City Administrator must reside within the corporate boundaries of the City. The starting salary range for this position is $98,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience.

For more information on this position contact:

Bill Peterson, Sr. Vice President
Strategic Government Resources