Town Manager

Town of Clarkdale, AZ | Full-time


The Position

The Town of Clarkdale is recruiting nationally for a talented and accomplished Town Manager with a highly successful track record of inclusive and transparent leadership. As the Town’s chief administrative officer, the Town Manager oversees all administrative functions, supervises all professional and clerical staff, develops and recommends the annual operating budget, and implements the Council’s policies and decisions. The Town Manager leads a talented and dedicated staff through eight direct reports, including the Finance Director, Community Development Director, Police Chief, Public Works Director/Town Engineer, Parks and Recreation Manager, Human Resources Manager, Magistrate Court, and Town Clerk. In addition, the Town Manager works closely with various other regional partners.


  • Build strong, positive relationships with the Town Council. Establish clear expectations, provide clarity around roles, and ensure consistent and transparent communication throughout the organization.
  • Guide the renovation of Selna/Mongini Park in lower Clarkdale. Collaborate with the science agencies, Freeport Minerals Corporation, and the schools to support a one-of-a-kind STEM learning opportunity for kids with features that cater to the STEM education standards, including water conservation, the Verde River riparian area, and a water feature.
  • Provide leadership for the United Verde Soil Program, a soil remediation program that remediates homeowners’ property to address elevated metal concentrates in the soil. Collaborate with and support the Building Official to inspect the property once the work is complete.
  • Collaborate with Community Development and other Town departments to oversee the update to the General Plan. Support jurisdictional review and prepare for the Plan to be on the election ballot in 2022.
  • Ensure continued progress on the 2021 Town Council Work Plan. Provide quarterly updates and properly communicate to the community. Guide the Council in future strategic planning workshops to establish annual goals, objectives, and action items and collaborate with staff to execute.
  • Provide oversight and direction for the implementation of the Town’s first Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that includes funded projects in water, sewer, streets, and broadband.
  • Recruit and hire for key positions currently filled with interim candidates, including the Finance Director. Prepare for the impending retirement of the Town Clerk in December.
  • Take the necessary time to learn and understand the Clarkdale community. Build connections, support engagement, and ensure the Town is connected to the community at all levels.

The Successful Candidate

Clarkdale’s new Town Manager is a strategic thinker who quickly sees the big picture and long-term vision for the Town. In support of sustainable prosperity, the ideal candidate will successfully guide the Town through this time of growth and positive transformation.

The Town Manager sets the tone for the organization and brings a sense of calm and stability. The successful candidate has a strong history of developing effective relationships with elected officials and partners with the Town Council to provide sound advice and guidance when needed. The preferred candidate values honesty and integrity and believes in fostering mutual respect at all levels. Hearing, balancing, and respecting various views during the decision-making process while moving forward will be key.

With a financial mindset, the ideal candidate appreciates continuous improvement and uses data and analytics to drive decisions. The Town Manager brings a strong background in strategic planning and execution with experience in historic preservation, economic development, sustainable practices, and slow tourism beneficial. The preferred candidate does proper due diligence and monitors best practices to drive efficiency and inform decision-making. The Town Manager brings a fresh yet experienced voice and perspective to Town initiatives, garners public support for controversial projects, and routinely demonstrates an ability to build consensus and guide others to decisions to move projects and initiatives forward.

An effective leader with a strong sense of public service, the Town Manager models behaviors expected throughout the organization, including collaboration, transparent communication, and a commitment to high-quality work and sound customer service. The successful candidate has a strong background in leading and managing staff with empathy and compassion and believes in professional growth and development. The ideal candidate is fair, establishes clear expectations, and holds others accountable. The Town Manager has a strong background in empowering employees, believes in work-life balance, and above all, has a good sense of humor.

The Town Manager naturally develops positive relationships, establishes a high level of trust, and enjoys being an active member of the community. Considered approachable, the preferred candidate recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels and has a history of engaging in effective, meaningful communication with business and community leaders and key stakeholders. The Town Manager understands and appreciates public service, providing quality of life services, and, above all, values a sense of community. Importantly, the ideal candidate is genuinely excited about the Clarkdale community.


Ideally, ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in a local government or an organization of comparable complexity, including at least five (5) years of administrative or leadership responsibility. An emphasis on economic development and planning is preferred. Strong financial management and budgeting skills are essential. Grants management experience and management of a CIP are highly desired.

A bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, business management, finance, or a closely related field is required. A master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, or a closely related field is desired. An ICMA Credentialed Manager is preferred. An equivalent combination of experience and education that enable success as the Town Manager will be considered.


In accordance with Section 3-2-1 of the Code of the Town of Clarkdale, the Town Manager must become a resident of the Town of Clarkdale within 90 days of appointment, unless residency is specifically exempted through an employment contract.

Inside The Town of Clarkdale

Incorporated in 1957, the Town of Clarkdale operates under the council-manager form of government. The Town Council consists of the Mayor and four Council Members, all elected at large to serve staggered four-year terms. A Vice Mayor is chosen internally by a vote of the Council every two years. The Town Manager is appointed by the Town Council. The Town Council also appoints the Town Attorney and Town Magistrate.

The Town employs approximately 47 employees and its Fiscal Year 2022 budget is $15.3 million with a 5-year capital improvement plan budget of $7.9 million. Clarkdale provides residents with an array of municipal services, including planning, permitting, zoning, economic development, special events, parks and recreation, public safety, utilities, and public works. The organization also provides financial, human resources, risk management, information technology, and emergency management functions for the Town.

The Town’s vision is “Clarkdale, a place that makes sense to live, work, and play,” and the organization’s guiding principles include accountability, caring, creativity, equity, integrity, leadership, respect, stewardship, sustainability, teamwork, and valuing diversity. While embracing our history, the Town of Clarkdale strives to build a sustainable future for an equitable and thriving community.

In 2021, the Town Council adopted the following goals and objectives:

  • Goal 1: Enhance the quality of life for Clarkdale residents
  • Goal 2: Continue leadership roles in collaborative efforts in the region and state
  • Goal 3: Recognize and preserve Clarkdale’s history
  • Goal 4: Maintain a quality workplace for employees
  • Goal 5: Maintain transparency
  • Goal 6: Enhance marketing, communication and economic development for Clarkdale

The Community

The Town of Clarkdale is located in the heart of the Verde Valley, approximately 2 hours north of Phoenix and one hour south of Flagstaff, in Yavapai County. Clarkdale is a small, historic community with endless recreational amenities and a historic Downtown Business District that serves as the Town’s cultural and governmental center. Its unique charm and character cannot be found anywhere else in Arizona. Founded as a smelter town in 1912 by Senator William A. Clark, the Town served as the first master-planned community in the State of Arizona and remains a model of good urban planning today.

Long before William A. Clark envisioned his ideal mining community, the area had been populated by Native Americans for thousands of years. Today, many of their descendants reside in Clarkdale and on the Yavapai-Apache Reservation, Clarkdale Community located within the town limits.

The area is perfect for the outdoor adventurer. The water lover will find that the Verde River, which flows through Clarkdale’s town limits, is ideal for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, picnicking, and fishing. And for the land lover, Clarkdale does not disappoint—hiking, camping, and other adventures are endless. Outdoor explorers can take advantage of the national forests, monuments, and Audubon birding areas. Clarkdale is home to local wineries, breweries, boutique hotels, events, and festivals throughout the year.

Clarkdale is composed of various historical landmarks, from the original townsite and the Clark Memorial Clubhouse to Historic Route 89A, which connects Clarkdale to the neighboring communities of Cottonwood and Jerome. The entirety of the original townsite is recognized as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the leading industries in Clarkdale are education, manufacturing, public administration, retail, and tourism. The Town is home to several successful manufacturing companies, including a multi-national injection and roto-molding company with 100+ employees and a world-class precision machine shop. Located on Clarkdale’s boundary is a Native-American owned regional supplier of Portland cement.

The Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School boasts an excellent reputation for educating students from kindergarten through eighth grade. It is a highly rated educational institution that includes art, music, and athletics. High school students in Clarkdale attend Mingus Union High School (MUHS), the Verde Valley’s most comprehensive high school, with championship-caliber interscholastic teams and award-winning academic and elective programs such as Advanced Placement, career and technical education, art, and theater. Clarkdale is home to Yavapai College’s Verde Campus, which offers associate degree programs, professional certifications, a skilled trade learning center, and upcoming four-year baccalaureate degrees. Yavapai College is a leader in fermentation science, including viticulture, enology and soon the fundamentals of craft beer brewing. Further educational opportunities are available through the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and several other colleges and universities, all located within commuting distance of Clarkdale.

To learn more about Clarkdale, please watch the Arizona Highways TV Episode featuring the community.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 4,391
  • Median Household Income: $49,383
  • Median Home Value: $227,900
  • Median Age: 57.3 years

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Compensation and Benefits

The Town Manager contract is at the discretion of the Town Council with an expected hiring range of $94,200 – $150,000 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The Town of Clarkdale offers a competitive benefits package including health, vision, dental and life insurance coverage, retirement and paid leave. The Town participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Applications will be accepted through September 12, 2021.


For more information or questions regarding the Town of Clarkdale or the Town Manager position, please contact Heather Gantz at

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