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2422 Assistant City Manager

Assistant City Manager

Cleburne, TX, USA

Cleburne, TX, USA

City of Cleburne

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


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The City of Cleburne, Texas is seeking an innovative, team-oriented municipal leader to join the Executive Team as the City’s next Assistant City Manager. This newly created position joins a cohesive team of professionals who are focused on service and excellence in this rapidly growing Texas city.


The City of Cleburne is a fast-growing city within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The 2014 completion of the Chisholm Trail Parkway has established a 20-minute connection from the heart of Cleburne to downtown Fort Worth. Cleburne is a growing yet quaint community that is quickly becoming home to those who need access to the big city but want to have roots in a truly Texan community. As the seat of Johnson County, Cleburne is an established city with a historic downtown, spirited community and limitless potential. As a full-service organization, the City of Cleburne can stand alone in the region with its own water and wastewater systems, sanitation service, airport and other services supporting an estimated 34,000 residents across more than 38 square miles.


The City of Cleburne operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Direction and goals are set by an elected mayor and a four-member city council. They appoint the City Manager who is responsible for leading the City organization. The City of Cleburne staff is made up of 373 full-time employees. Cleburne has an adopted FY 2024 budget of $150 million with an adopted tax rate of $0.581318 per $100 of valuation.

City leadership is committed to establishing a culture of excellence built on providing exceptional municipal customer service. Driven by a strong economy and an outstanding quality of life, Cleburne seeks to establish itself as a “City by which others are measured.”


The Assistant City Manager (ACM) will oversee an exciting and career-enriching portfolio of City departments in Cleburne and will initially have five direct reports. Under the direction of the City Manager and Deputy City Manager, the Assistant City Manager will provide leadership and oversight to the Finance Department, the City Secretary, Information Technology Department, Conference Center, Airport, and other departments as assigned.

The Assistant City Manager will serve as a key member of the City’s Executive Leadership Team at an exciting time in Cleburne’s rapid growth and evolution as a city. Some of the additional responsibilities of the Assistant City Manager include assisting the City Manager and Deputy City Manager in the management and review of the activities and operation of the City by overseeing and participating in the administration of departments and programs; collaborating with the City Manager and Deputy City Manager to develop and oversee capital improvements, budget, and expenditures; and representing the City by acting as a liaison for community organizations, assigned boards, committees, and civic groups.

The City of Cleburne is seeking an experienced and leadership-minded Assistant City Manager with a demonstrated track record of excellent work. The most qualified candidates will have experience as a City Manager, Assistant/Deputy City Manager or senior department director in a contemporary small to medium-sized municipality, where growth management, customer service, high ethical standards, and open communications are valued; experience as a municipal CFO or Finance Director will greatly benefit the successful candidate and the City organization; and the ability to carefully navigate politically sensitive situations.


Any combination of related education, experience, certifications and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job is qualifying. The most qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Business, Marketing or a related field. A Master’s Degree in Public Administration or a related field is highly desirable.

  • Experience: At least five (5) years of supervisory experience in a municipal environment, plus 1-4 years of administrative experience.

  • Certificates and Licenses: A valid Class C Texas motor vehicle driver’s license is required. A Certified Public Manager designation is preferred.


The anticipated salary for the Assistant City Manager is $195,000 +/- depending on qualifications. Retirement is provided through Texas Municipal Retirement System matched 2:1 with a 7% employee contribution. The City also provides health, dental and vision insurance with some shared employee cost; vacation leave based on years of service and ranges from 80 hours per year (for employees with less than 5 years of service) to 160 hours per year (15 or more years of service); 12 paid holidays per year; and 15 days of sick leave accrued per year with unlimited accumulation.

The complete 2023-2024 Benefits Guide can be viewed here.


To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and résumé below. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong pool of stellar candidates has been established.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Bryan Noblett | | (916) 550-4100

Greg Nelson | | (916) 550-4100

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