Photo courtesy of Councilor George Vetter

Photo courtesy of Councilor George Vetter

Cannon Beach City Manager

$115,000 - $130,000 plus housing allowance and excellent benefits

The City of Cannon Beach is currently recruiting for its next City Manager.  Where the mountains meet the sea, Cannon Beach is a charming village nestled next to the awe-inspiring Pacific Ocean and the towering conifers of Ecola State Park on the North Oregon Coast.  Located an hour west of the Portland metro area, the village (population 1,710) is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist destinations due to its unparalleled beaches, thriving arts community, boutique stores, quality restaurants and brewpubs, and boundless recreation opportunities. The city, home of the iconic Haystack Rock, was deservedly listed by National Geographic as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Places and 21 Best Beaches in the World.

Cannon Beach is a close-knit village whose residents care deeply about their community.  Volunteerism and public involvement are hallmarks of the town, with strong support for local non-profit organizations, a pervading ethos of environmental stewardship, and robust participation in public policy development processes.  Community spirit runs deep, and residents enjoy their high quality of life and status as one of the safest cities in the state.  With its festive atmosphere, Cannon Beach is home to numerous prominent events including the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest, Savor Cannon Beach, the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, and Haystack Holidays.

The City seeks a City Manager with strong management and leadership skills who is proficient in all aspects of municipal government operations.   A genuine appreciation for the community and a commitment to active involvement is essential.  Well-developed consensus-building and communication skills are vital, and experience working closely and successfully with elected officials is highly desirable. 

As the administrative head of the City serving at the pleasure of the Council, the City Manager supervises 36.45 full-time equivalent employees and oversees an annual budget of approximately $17 million.  Compensation is $115,000 to $130,000 (DOQ), plus housing allowance and excellent benefits. 

A Bachelor's degree in Public Administration or a related field, and at least five (5) years of upper-level local government management experience is required.  An advanced degree in Public Administration or a related field, and at least eight (8) years of city management experience, including in small, tourism-dependent communities with significant seasonal population changes, is preferred.  Professional credentialing, such as through lCMA, is also preferred.


To Apply:

To be considered, candidates must email to the following documents:

  1. Signed application form
  2. Signed Veterans Preference form and supporting documentation (if applicable)
  3. Resume
  4. Cover letter

First review of applications will begin on September 9, 2017.

Application documents can be found below:


important dates

September 9, 2017                      

Week of September 18, 2017

Week of October 9, 2017

Week of November 6, 2017

First Review of Applications

Preliminary Phone Interviews

Semi-Finalist Interviews

Finalist Interviews and Selection


Questions May be directed to:

Jeff Aprati                      

(503) 477-8847    

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