Search for new city manager begins

June 10, 2014 • Local News

The City of Roswell has posted an employment advertisement on the home page of its website for a city manager. The salary range for the full-time job is $110,000 to $130,000.

Current City Manager Larry Fry announced his resignation at a recent City Council meeting. Mayor Dennis Kintigh said during the meeting that Fry would remain in his position until he either finds another position or until Jan. 1.

Kintigh said the position will be posted on other sites and publications, like the [auth] New Mexico Municipal League website.

He said a three-member selection committee has been appointed to assist the city in the job search. They are Ruben Bolanos, principal of Roswell High School; Greg Neal, vice president of New Mexico Veterans Transportation Network; and Mike Gottlieb, a former Roswell Independent School District superintendent who is chairman of the committee.

Kintigh said once a candidate is selected, he will submit a name to the City Council, who will then make the hiring decision.

Kintigh said he wants to move quickly and aggressively with the search, adding that citizens can help with the search.

“If you know somebody back in another state then encourage them to apply,” he said.

The mayor said the city manager has autonomy when hiring and firing employees, but it is the City Council that makes final decisions on the budgets.

The city manager is an at-will employee, meaning he or she can be terminated at any time for any reason. The opening date for applications was June 5 and the position will remain posted until it is filled.

The ad states the city manager is the chief administrative officer for Roswell, managing the day-to-day operations.

The city manager directs and coordinates the administration of municipal government, enforcing all ordinance rules and regulations enacted by the City Council and federal and state law applicable to the municipality, and performs other responsibilities as may be delegated or directed by the City Council.

He or she hires, promotes, trains, supervises, disciplines and discharges all persons employed by the City of Roswell.

Other duties include preparing and submitting an annual budget for approval by the City Council.

Minimum requirements for the job are graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in public administration or related field and five to seven years of progressively responsible experience as a manager or assistant manager for a governmental entity.

An equivalent combination of education and experience can be substituted for the above requirements, the ad states.

Preferred candidates will have certification through the International City Managers Association.

The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening administered by a city-designated facility. Also, within 30 days of employment, the selected candidate must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license.

For more information or to apply online, visit

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

« »