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Assistant City Managers

Assistant City Managers (2)

San Marcos, TX, USA

San Marcos, TX, USA

City of San Marcos

Greg Nelson and Bryan Noblett


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Assistant City Managers (2)

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With the retirement of two esteemed Assistant City Managers, the City of San Marcos has two exciting opportunities for the role of Assistant City Manager. This presents a unique chance to elevate your career within a dynamic, flourishing city located in the heart of the highly sought-after Texas Hill Country. Join us in shaping the future of San Marcos, a city celebrated for its diversity, vibrancy, and rapid growth.


San Marcos, Texas, the proud home of Texas State University, serves as the county seat of Hays County. A vibrant community with over 80,000 residents across 40 square miles, it’s a gem nestled between the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers along Interstate Highway 35, perfectly positioned between San Antonio and Austin. Millions of visitors are attracted to San Marcos to experience the serene beauty of the Texas Hill Country and some of the most popular attractions in the state. San Marcos has been named one of the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” by Business Week and was named the “#1 Retirement Community” by Forbes. Residents enjoy convenient access to an array of amenities and unmatched recreational opportunities.


The City of San Marcos operates under the council-manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of six Council Members and a Mayor, all elected at-large. The City provides a wide array of municipal services through 850 employees in twenty municipal departments and has an all-funds budget of $259 million. In addition to the general government functions discussed above, the City has several enterprise funds including electric utility, storm water management, transit, resource recovery, and water and wastewater. The City operates the coordinated public transit system with Texas State University, a regional airport, and a cemetery.


Reporting to the City Manager, the Assistant City Managers are responsible for executive oversight for assigned departments and provide a key role for the City Manager’s Office by ensuring that excellent customer service and responsiveness are provided by all employees. These positions function with a high degree of autonomy and corresponding responsibility and always require the highest ethical standards and integrity as a representative of the City's executive management team.

One Assistant City Manager will be responsible for the public safety portfolio and will oversee the departments of Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Neighborhood Enhancement (Health, Code Compliance and Animal Services, Resource Recovery, and WIC), and Park Rangers/City Marshals. The second position will be responsible for a general services portfolio and will oversee the departments of Destination Services, Human Resources, Information Technology/GIS, Parks & Recreation, and Public Works.

Key responsibilities include serving as a member of the Executive and the Leadership Teams and advising the City Manager and City Council; directing and managing the activities of assigned departments; ensuring high functional performance and that departments meet the City's mission; ensuring that public funds are expended in a fiscally responsible manner including guiding the departmental operating and capital budgets, making decisions on recommendations from departments, and advising on the effective use of resources; and acting as liaison with outside entities, local, state, and federal agencies, universities, and the Chamber of Commerce on diverse issues.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to carefully navigate politically sensitive situations; bridge varying interests and engage thoughtfully with stakeholders to create a positive customer experience; resolve conflict, manage change and sensitive topics, plan, analyze, and evaluate programs/services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints; build trust and demonstrate integrity by being honest and honoring commitments; and the ability to communicate in both English and Spanish is desirable.


The following are the minimum qualifications for the position of Assistant City Manager:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or a related field is required. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.

  • Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible management experience in managing municipal functions, with at least five years in executive leadership such as a Director, Assistant City Manager or City Manager.


The salary range for this position is up to $220,000 for well qualified candidates. The City of San Marcos offers an excellent benefits package including retirement through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) with an employee contribution of 7% of salary and a 2:1 matching contribution by the City. Employees vest in 5 years and are eligible to retire after 20 years of service at any age. TMRS allows for service credit from other public agencies. Additional information can be found at

The City of San Marcos offers a wide array of additional benefits. Review the City of San Marcos Employee Benefits Guide for more information.


This recruitment is scheduled to close on Monday, May 20, 2024, however the City may close the recruitment at any time once a sufficiently qualified pool of candidates has been established. Interested candidates should immediately submit a comprehensive résumé and compelling cover letter below.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Greg Nelson | | (916) 550-4100

Bryan Noblett | | (916) 550-4100

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