City Manager Cover Letter

In the council-manager form of city government, City Managers are the liaison between the public and the officials they have elected to represent them in their city government. Standard work activities include working on the city budget and advising elected officials on budgetary issues, recruiting and hiring city employees, listening to public concerns at town halls and other public events, responding to citizen phone calls and emails, and creating press strategies for policy announcements and discussions.

Below is a list of the skills and qualifications commonly found on a City Manager cover letter.

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration preferred, Bachelor’s degree acceptable
  • Decision-making skills
  • Five years of municipal experience
  • Financial acumen
  • Leadership skills
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Complex problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage people and resources
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Systems Analysis and Evaluation skills
  • Time Management Skills

The following is a sample City Manager cover letter that highlights some of these skills and qualifications.

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Dear Mr. Mejia,

I have recently learned of your opening for a City Manager, and I am writing to submit my resume for consideration. As someone with seven years of municipal experience and two years of experience as a Deputy City Manager, I believe I am ready to take on the duties and responsibilities of a City Manager.

My professional experience includes listening to the concerns of citizens of the city of Sunnyvale and then working with elected officials to get these concerns addressed. I think my experience as Deputy City Manager of Sunnyvale has prepared me nicely to be the City Manager of Smithville.

The following is a list of my most relevant accomplishments and qualifications.

  • Earned Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Colgate University
  • Forecasted revenue and expenses to ensure City was on budget
  • Recruited, Hired and trained various city employees
  • Coordinated town halls and other public appearances for citizens to speak with their elected officials

I believe the role of City Manager is one of the most influential leadership roles in a city government. I have the utmost respect for this position, and I think that will help me do the job better than other candidates for this role. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Mardelle J. Brown