City Manager at City of Sedona


Sedona, Arizona’s City Manager.

  • Job type:            Full-time.
  • Location:           Sedona, Arizona, United States (On-site)
  • Job category:   Administration and Management

                                  Municipal or County clerk

  • Level:                 Associate
  • Staffing and retrieving:  51-200 employees · Government Administration
  • Salary:     $175,000.00 to $200,000.00/annually DOQ


  • Budget Process,
  • Creative Problem Solving,
  • Fiscal Management,
  • Leadership,
  • Local Government,
  • Municipalities,
  • Passionate about Work,
  • Product Quality,
  • Strategic Planning,
  • Team Leadership

Filing Deadline:       November 6, 2023


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Job Description:

The City of Sedona is now accepting resumes for the position of City Manager .


The City Manager is responsible for providing collaborative, team-oriented, and executive leadership in overseeing the City’s extensive and complex municipal operations. A Deputy City Manager provides assistance to the City Manager.

The City Manager or Deputy City Manager receives reports directly from operating departments. During the Fiscal Year2024 budget process the City Council approved a new Assistant City Manager position to help manage the addition of several new departments and programs in recent years. This new position will be filled by the new City Manager to provide additional executive leadership and support for the organization.

Due to the upcoming retirement of current City Manager Karen Osburn, the City Manager position is now open.


The City of Sedona operates under the Council-Manager form of government with six Council members and one elected Mayor. The Council is responsible for enacting legislation, adopting budgets, approving large expenditures, and giving overall policy direction. The Council appoints the City manager, who is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and is expected to align those operations with the strategic plans and policy direction set in place by the City Council.

The City has a staff of approximately 170 employees and City departments include the City Manager’s Office, City Attorney, City Clerk, Communications, Community Development, Financial Services, Housing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Municipal Court, Parks and Recreation, Police, Public Works, Sustainability, Tourism and Economic Initiatives, Transit and Wastewater (special districts and private sector provide fire and EMS response and water).


The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, experienced, confident, people-first leader with well-rounded municipal expertise and a track record of professional accomplishments that demonstrate his/her ability to effectively lead a large and diverse local government organization.

The selected candidate will demonstrate excellent leadership abilities and political acumen, as well as strategic planning and sound fiscal management. This position will require excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build solid relationships with City Council, staff, regional partners, business, other community stakeholders and Sedona residents. The ideal candidate will be a creative problem solver, coming with ideas in hand, but maintaining a willingness to listen, learn and adapt to our special community and its unique challenges.

This will be a challenging position that requires a strong and dynamic leader committed to quality improvement, customer service, transparency, and the continuance of a positive culture of high performance and accountability.

Qualified Candidate

The qualified candidate will be able to negotiate challenging political waters, while remaining apolitical and focused on organizational goals, manage a dedicated leadership team, and build trust through working collaboratively with a passionate and involved elected body and community.

A personable and approachable leader with a good sense of the community’s needs and compassion is highly desirable. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals that possess a passion for public service, especially serving an engaged community.


Employment Benefits

Employees relax at the annual employee appreciation party.

The City of Sedona offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various health insurance policies, retirement programs, and generous paid time off. Employees can select the benefits that best suit their needs. Use the drop-down menus below to learn more.


The City provides all full-time employees with medical, dental, vision, prescription, and life insurance. Employees can choose from traditional, co-pay, or high-deductible plans. Under each plan, the City pays a substantial amount of the premium for eligible dependents. The employee is covered for $50,000 life and accidental dismemberment insurance. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the month in which employment begins.


Short- and long-term disability plans for qualified non-work related illness or accident are provided for each employee. Short-term disability is at no cost to the employee. Long-term disability is paid by both the employee and the City for employees who are eligible for Arizona State Retirement System or Public Service Personnel Retirement System.

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The City of Sedona is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at the City are based on business needs; job requirements; individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; or any other status protected by law or regulation.


Employment application information

The city of Sedona is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or veteran status as it relates to employment or programs and activities.

Ready to Apply:

Applications and resumes are accepted only when there’s a job opening. An online application must be submitted electronically to Human Resources and applicants may attached a cover letter and/or resume with the online application.

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Supplemental materials

Please note that many positions include a supplemental questionnaire with job-specific questions. Applications submitted without a supplemental questionnaire (if available) will be considered incomplete. Resumes and other supplemental material may be uploaded and attached to the online application.

Background check

All new hires undergo a criminal background check through the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Safety-sensitive positions are required to undergo a drug screening.

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Right to work

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The City of Sedona participates in E-Verify and provides the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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  • E-verify in English
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Sedona Arizona


About the company

City of Sedona, AZ

The City of Sedona was incorporated in 1988 and is one of the western United States’ premier tourism, recreation, retirement, viticulture, and art centers, all of which contribute to its economic base. Its history is that of a rural ranching community, far off the beaten path, yet the beauty of the region became known through the motion picture industry with many classic films, commercials, and television shows filmed in the rural area surrounding the city.

The area that surrounds this beloved community is characterized by massive red-rock formations and contrasting riparian areas, making it as beautiful as many of our national parks. Sedona is located in the high southwestern desert under the rim of the Colorado Plateau at an elevation of 4,500 feet, and it is blessed with four mild seasons, plenty of sunshine, and clean air. Sedona’s annual population is around 11,000, but the seasonal/visitor population often triples that number on a regular basis.

Address: 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona, AZ, USA

Contact Name: Brenda Tammarine

Phone: 928-203-5189







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