Position: City of Winterset, City Administrator Position


City Administrator, Winterset, IA (Population estimate 5436 2020 Census)

Progressive and growing community in Southeast Central Iowa, located in beautiful Madison County just 10 miles south of I80 and 10 miles west of I35.  Winterset is just 20 minutes from West Des Moines and 35 from downtown Des Moines. Winterset is seeking an experienced leader for the position of city administrator.

Salary range is $80,000 to $108,000, depending upon qualifications, with a full range of benefits. The city administrator directly oversees the following municipal departments: city hall, streets, police, fire, code enforcement, zoning, and finance and collaborates with the Parks & Recreation Department and the Public Library.  The City contracts with US Water for the operations of the wastewater plant. Winterset also owns the electric and water utilities which are managed by their own Board and shares administrative services with the city. There are 28 full time, 15 part time and 50+ seasonal workers and the current annual operating budget (less transfers) of $8.62 million and capital projects of anywhere from $300,000 – $2.5M depending on the projects involved.

The city administrator is also responsible for contract administration, economic development in partnership with the Madison County Development Group, oversight of capital improvement projects, TIF agreements and payments administration, and keeping the five-member city council and mayor fully advised of the city’s financial condition and overall future needs.

Qualifications include a four-year college degree in public administration, business administration, finance, or related field and a preferred minimum of five years of experience in a public sector management position, with an emphasis on city finance, budget development, labor relations, strategic planning, and economic development.  City Finance and budgeting experience is a must!

This position was filled two years ago after the previously city administrator retired after 41 years.  It is opening again because the current city administrator has accepted a non-city administrator position in eastern Iowa to be closer to her family.

Application materials requested include: cover letter, resume, salary history, and five work related references.

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled with the first review of applications on December 07, 2020. Confidential applications should be sent to Kelley Brown at 124 W Court Avenue, Winterset, IA 50273 or by email at kelleybrown@cwmu.net.

View the 2020 Winterset City Guide