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County Administrator

County of McLean
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Position Announcement The following position is available in the Office of the County Administrator located at 115 E. Washington Street, Bloomington, Illinois 61701. This announcement is for current County employees and the general public.

County Administrator Salary range $107,000 - $160,000 plus benefits including deferred compensation and pension contributions, health insurance, etc., dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Learn more about the role by viewing the McLean County Administrator Brochure.

SUMMARY The County Administrator is appointed by, represents and serves at the pleasure of the 20 Member County Board. The County Administrator is responsible for advising and assisting the County Board and for enforcing such ordinances, orders, regulations, and resolutions as adopted by the County Board. Work is performed with considerable independence using considerable initiative, discretion, tact, and judgement within administrative policies and regulations and the ordinance establishing the office of the county administrator. Work is reviewed by the County Board through review of accomplishments, cost-effective services to county residents, and the quality of administrative services provided.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES This is the county’s highest administrative job classification, supervising the assistant county administrators, the human resources assistant, the assistant to the administrator, the behavioral health coordinating council supervisor and supervisory/administrative personnel in the following departments: Highway, Nursing Home, Information Services, Geographic Information Services, Parks and Recreation, Facilities Management, Supervisor of Assessments, and Building and Zoning.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (may not include all duties performed)

•Supervises and administers all phases of the budgetary process; reviews departmental and agency budget requests and submits the budget to the board; reviews and approves all applications for grant funding in accordance with board policy and prepares a quarterly report to the board.

•Selects, employs, supervises, suspends, and discharges personnel under jurisdiction of the board; revises and implements personnel policies and procedures.

•Negotiates leases, contracts and other agreements for goods or services, subject to the approval of the board; enforces provisions of contracts and agreements; develops installs, and maintains a centralized system for purchasing goods and services.

•Directs the care and custody and care of all county property; serves as liaison to the Public Building Commission.

•Directs and maintains communications and information processing systems.

•Recommends long-term capital improvement plans.

•Assists the County Clerk in preparing and distributing the agenda for board meetings; makes recommendations to the board; follows through on board decisions and makes periodic reports to the board.

•Carries out directives of the board; enforces all orders, resolutions, ordinances and regulations.

•Recommends changes in the organization structure of county departments and functions.

•Represents the county in its relations with other governments.

•Reviews and makes recommendations on accounts, records, and operations of every commission, department, office, and agency under control of the board. •Performs related work as required.


•Thorough knowledge of the art of administrative and executive management of county government.

•Thorough knowledge of modern governmental programs including accounting, budget, finance, personnel, purchasing, communications, information systems, and public works.

•Considerable knowledge of current trends and developments in the organization and management of county government.

•Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations in county government.

•Ability to comprehend and apply county ordinances, directives, resolutions, and state laws relating to county government.

•Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the McLean County Board, county elected and appointed officials, county employees, labor unions, and representatives of government agencies.

•Skill in analyzing organization structure, staffing patterns, and program objectives and making recommendations for improvement.

•Skill in communicating effectively, verbally and in writing.

•Skill in working with elected and appointed officials in county or other governments.

•Skill in developing and administering operating and capital improvement budgets.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or a closely related area. A master’s degree in public administration, business administration, or a closely related area, accompanied by 7 to 10 years in local government or private sector management, including significant experience at a senior level interacting with elected officials and other stakeholder groups is strongly preferred. However, candidates with a bachelor’s degree with equivalent combination of education and experience that would provide the above noted knowledge, skills, and abilities including considerable progressively responsible public or private sector managerial experience (7-10 years) requiring the planning and execution of administrative operations, the budgeting and control of revenue and expenditures, the coordination and leadership of diverse departments and functions, and the service to elected or appointed boards of directors or their equivalent; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that would provide the above noted knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Upon appointment, county residency required

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES/DEMANDS This position requires activities such as sitting, walking, standing, bending, stooping, climbing stairs, lifting, moving and carrying light objects, operating office equipment WORK ENVIRONMENT The work is performed primarily in an office environment and involves exposure to normal, everyday risks that require normal safety precautions typical of offices. Candidates wishing to be considered


All candidates should attach a letter of interest, resume, and list of professional references to their application.

All submissions must be received by March 1, 2019.

McLean County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The selection of an individual for this position is at the sole discretion of the County Board.