County Administrator - Otsego County

Gaylord, MI
Full Time




The Opportunity


Work-location: Gaylord, MI

Otsego County is seeking a strong strategic public sector leader with a progressive track record in broad based public services. If you are passionate about public service, love building partnerships and working in collaboration with others and have unwavering integrity, we invite you to apply. The ideal candidate will be customer service focused, a relationship builder, an excellent communicator and someone with a proven track record demonstrating strong ethical leadership. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is interested planting their roots in Otsego County  and help us continue to grow.

The County Administrator is appointed by the Board of Commissioners to implement Board policies, to oversee the daily activities of the County, to serve as both the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer and to supervise functions that report to the Board of Commissioners. The Administrator’s office is responsible for assisting the Board in meeting identified goals; developing procedures to accompany board approved policies; management of county personnel, including negotiation of union and employment contracts; conducting program, departmental and management analysis and providing general administrative support. While the County Administrator must have expertise in the areas under its direction, it is just as important to the success of the position to demonstrate the capability to work across the various departments to develop a cohesive service model that places the interests of the County’s team as a top priority.

Otsego County is the home to 25,000 residents, spans 526 square miles and is known for its natural beauty, friendly people and forward thinking. On the crossroad of two major highways, its central location is ideal for tourism and business. As one of the fastest growing areas in Michigan, it offers state-of-the-art educational facilities, Michigan's first community fiber network and prides itself on delivering high-quality government services.  Otsego County offers championship golf, pristine forests, beautiful lakes, tranquil rivers and an abundance of recreational activities for all seasons.

Position Summary:

Under the general direction of the Board of Commissioners, carries out directives and implements policies of the Board related to human resources and employee relations, budget and financial management, purchasing and other areas as directed.  As Chief Financial Officer, oversees the development and administration of the County budget. Supervises staff engaged in personnel administration, finance and accounting, data processing and other administrative support to the Board and departments. Supervises appointed department managers and serves as liaison between other agencies and the Board of Commissioners.  Acts as Chief Administrative Officer according to the Uniform Budgeting & Accounting Act.

Critical Duties and Responsibilities You Will Be Involved With:

  1. Supervises staff responsible for human resources administration, finance and other administrative functions. Includes responsibility for hiring, training, assigning work, approving leave time, reviewing and evaluating performance and dealing with employee relations issues.
  2. Supervises appointed managers and functions of departments such as Facilities, Equalization, Emergency Services, Housing/Veterans, Building, Transportation, Airport, Animal Control, Land Use Services and others as assigned.  Responsible for hiring of department managers, assign functions and review and evaluate managerial performance.
  3. Attends Board meetings and regularly communicates with Board Members to advise, counsel and present pertinent data and information to aid the Board in making decisions and establishing policies.
  4. Responsible for determining the strategy for the bargaining and administration of all labor agreements within the County. Oversees the personnel and employee relations functions and serves as an advisor on employee relations matters. Works with legal counsel and the Human Resources Director on collective bargaining and litigated matters.
  5. Oversees the preparation of the annual County budget, includes designing and coordinating the budget process, monitoring financial information, working with the Board on personnel and capital items, making recommendations on funding levels for departmental budgetary requests and overseeing preparation of the final approved budget.
  6. Prepares agendas for Board and Committee meetings in conjunction with Board Chairperson based on input from the Board members, Administrator, department heads, elected officials, Board directives, correspondence received and issues and/or projects in progress.  Works with department heads, elected officials and others to collect materials for Board and Committee meetings and assembles and distributes meeting packets. Drafts Board resolutions and special tributes as assigned.
  7. Following Board and Committee meetings, follows-up on agenda items, such as placing on agenda of another committee, sending information to legal counsel, preparing documents for signature or other action. 
  8. Coordinates matters regarding corporation counsel work and seeks legal advice and opinions for the Board. Exercises settlement authority with established limits and recommends action on other matters to the Board. Coordinates independent auditing services and other contractual and professional services.
  9. Provides assistance to the Board and committees of the Board to facilitate action on matters requiring their attention such as policy review, contract review, contract negotiation and liaison with other boards and agencies. Investigates and researches various issues and projects assigned by the Board and reports the results with possible alternatives and recommended courses of action.
  10. Acts as resource and provides direction and encouragement to department managers. Confers with department managers and seeks to resolve operating problems within current practices and policies. Revises and develops policies dealing with new or changing circumstances for consideration of the Board.  Advises departments of relevant Board and committee actions.
  11. Serves as financial advisor to the Board of Commissioners, reporting on financial matters, analyzing current funding, projecting costs and forecasting available funds.
  12. Directs the delivery of data processing services and communications equipment and systems, through contractors and staff, to all county departments. Recommends policies regarding acquisition and use of data processing systems. Oversees communications systems and other areas of technological development within the County.
  13. Oversees the management and maintenance of all County facilities.  Recommends policies regarding the use, operation and maintenance of all County buildings and facilities.
  14. Represents the Board of Commissioners at meetings with local governmental and State officials. Speaks on behalf of the Commission at various meetings, presents the County point of view and serves as a resource on existing policies and issues.
  15. Oversees risk management activities for the County, includes interacting with third party carriers and administrators for liability, errors and omissions, fleet and umbrella coverages.  Reviews claims and works with counsel and Board regarding settlement options.
  16. Directs the preparation for collective bargaining and development of the County’s bargaining position.  Serves as spokesperson for the bargaining team of the County during labor contract negotiations.  Interprets and administers the labor agreements.
  17. Oversees the centralized maintenance of the personnel records and administration of the human resource information system.
  18. Administers the County Policy on appointments to County Boards and Commissions, includes terms of office and attendance of members, filing of minutes and maintaining applications for appointment.

Your Education and Experience:

  • Master’s in Business or Public Administration or closely related field and seven years of progressively responsible administrative/supervisory experience in local government with responsibility for financial management, budgeting, human resources and other administrative areas.
  • The county, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.

Other Requirements:  Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to access all County locations
  • Ability to enter and retrieve information from a computer

Working Conditions:

Works in office conditions but is required to travel to all County locations and statewide locations as required

What We Offer:

Otsego County offers a comprehensive and competitive pay and benefit package which includes:

Salary Range:         $93,000 - $116,000 commensurate with experience


Vacation time, personal time, holidays (13), health insurance, dental, vision, life insurance, AD&D insurance, short term  disability, long term disability, FSA, MERS Defined Contribution Plan

Hiring Process: The timeline for the hiring process is as follows:

May 20 - June 3:      Applications Accepted (The County reserves the right to extend the application process)

May 23 - June 3:      Pre-Screening Interviews (Conducted via zoom) - those advancing to the next step will be notified no later than June 3, 2022.

TBDA committee appointed by the County Board of Commissioners will conduct interviews with the top 5 candidates. The top 2 candidates will be recommended to the County Commission for consideration.

TBD: Commission will conduct in person interviews with top candidates. Candidates as a part of the selection process will be asked to make  a presentation to the County Board of Commissioners during the interview.

Candidates invited to interview will be required to complete a written exercise in advance of the in-person interviews.  The top two candidates advancing will be asked to complete an assessment and prepare a presentation. This process will help ensure the candidate who is selected can best meet the county’s needs.


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