Thank you for your interest in becoming the next County Manager of Lake County, Florida. The Board of County Commissioners extends a warm welcome and invites you to learn more about Lake County and this challenging and rewarding position.
Home to more than 1,000 freshwater lakes and rivers, ridges of peaks and valleys unseen in any other area of Florida, 14 municipalities and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, Lake County citizens enjoy a casual lifestyle, while also having the ability to enjoy all that Metro Orlando has to offer.
The County offers substantial parks and recreational facilities, and a significant portion of the Ocala National Forest is located within its boundaries. A booming population led to a surge of new housing construction in the mid-2000’s. Tourism continues to be an important part of the county’s economy. Visitors flock to antique shopping areas and cruise on the many lakes. Sports enthusiasts experience the adrenaline rush found at several competition water-ski schools and a nationally recognized triathlon training center.
For all these reasons, Lake County is a different kind of community. County government is working hand in hand with businesses, civic groups, organizations and city leaders to make positive changes in the quality of life for the citizens of Lake County. Together, the leaders of the community and its citizens are continuously striving to make Lake County a wonderful place to live, work and play.
The County Manager is responsible for the professional management and oversight of approximately 800 employees and an annual budget of over $415 million. This includes overseeing all programs and activities under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners. The County Manager executes appropriate policies and procedures concerning matters applicable to the Board of County Commissioners, and coordinates and conducts long-range management and financial planning analysis.
Lake County is a non-charter County with five elected County Commissioners. The County Manager is an appointed position, serving at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners.
Lake County is looking for a confident, knowledgeable and experienced management professional. The applicant must have extensive knowledge of County operations, including budget development and statutory requirements impacting local government administration. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is committed to following the direction of the Board of County Commissioners in sustaining the County’s conservative financial direction in a challenging budgetary climate. The qualified candidate will have either a master’s degree in public administration, business or a related field, and a minimum of two (2) years of experience as the manager or assistant in a similarly sized operation, or a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of experience as the manager or assistant in a similarly sized operation. The County Manager need not be a resident of Lake County at the time of appointment, but during his/her tenure in office shall reside in Lake County.
The starting salary is negotiable. The prior County Manager’s ending salary was $157,800.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The initial application deadline for the County Manager position has passed. Resumes are receiving Initial Staff Review.
For a detailed timeline of the selection process, please review the FAQ.
If you have any questions about your application or the process, please call the Lake County Department of Employee Services at (352) 343-9596 or send an e-mail to CMRecruitment@LakeCountyFl.gov.
Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace/Veterans Preference Applies.