Deputy City Manager/Chief Operating Officer

City of Dublin, OH | Full-time


The Position

The City of Dublin is seeking candidates with a passion for public service leadership for the position of Deputy City Manager/Chief Operating Officer (DCM/COO). The next DCM/COO will play a critical role in overseeing day-to-day service delivery as part of a dynamic leadership team.

The DCM/COO will serve as an organizational leader and a strategic consultant to the City Manager. This position will serve as a key designer, promoter, motivator, and catalyst for the alignment of culture with organizational values and focus on high-quality service delivery in a growing city. This position will provide assistance to the City Manager, as part of the Executive Leadership Team, and will serve as Acting City Manager along with the other Deputy City Manager.

The DCM/COO will oversee the City’s Engineering operations; Facilities and Fleet Management; Public Service; Asset Management and Support Services; and the Department of Parks and Recreation (Recreation Services, Community Events, and Outreach and Engagement).

The current City Manager will retire in two years. He has served the City for over thirty-two years in multiple positions and will have served as City Manager for eight years at the time of retirement. The City has a tradition of developing its personnel for leadership roles. Both Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Manager positions are considered developmental to the position of City Manager. City Council will conduct a search for the next City Manager in 2022 in anticipation of this retirement.

The Organization

The City of Dublin is an award-winning local government organization known for its professionalism, vibrant spirit, customer service orientation, and strong commitment to distinctive and well-planned community development. We excel in a dynamic, fast-paced, achievement-oriented culture distinguished by our participative leadership style and collaborative working relationships.

The City of Dublin is a home rule municipal corporation operating under the authority of our own Charter. Dublin residents adopted the City’s original Charter in 1979 and later revised the Charter in 1996. The City’s original Charter and Revised Charter have provided for a council-manager form of government.

Dublin City Council is comprised of seven members – three elected at large and four elected from each of the four wards of Dublin. All Council members serve a term of four years. Dublin City Council annually adopts goals, a Five-Year Capital Budget Program and Annual Operating Budget, providing a blueprint for administrative priorities. The presiding officer of the Council is the Mayor, who is elected by fellow Council members for a two-year term.

The City Manager is the Chief Administrative and Law Enforcement Officer of the City and is appointed by the City Council to serve at its pleasure. The City Manager is responsible for day-to-day administration and operations. Dublin City Council annually adopts goals and strategic focus areas, providing a blueprint for administrative priorities.

The City Manager is supported by a Leadership Team that consists of directors, managers, and other professional administrators who are accountable for strategic, operational, and tactical leadership of their initiatives.

While international recognition and financial security are very important to the growth of our community, what sets us apart is the deep expertise and rich experience of our employees. The City of Dublin has 20 principal organizational units comprised of 415 full-time permanent positions and an additional 191 FTE part-time, temporary, and seasonal positions. Each day, this dedicated team of public servants is committed to delivering high-quality services, fair and transparent governance, and stewardship of public funds that maximizes accountability and efficiency in local government.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include a master’s degree in Public or Business Administration or related field from an accredited college or university; 10 years of progressively responsible experience in management and administration in a local government; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred qualifications include experience as a City/County Manager or Assistant/Deputy, or department head in an organization of comparable size and/or complexity with high customer expectations. A strong track record of strategic planning, capital project execution, community engagement, performance and data analytics, and labor experience is preferred.

The Ideal Candidate

The City is seeking an innovative and skilled leader who is passionate about public service, has strong operational and customer-focused experience, and aspires to lead a local government. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment, exemplify servant leadership, and embrace the City’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

The DCM/COO will bring their own set of diverse experiences that add value and perspective while complementing and supporting a highly effective and engaged leadership team. They will acclimate quickly and master the organizational culture. The Deputy City Manager will mentor staff, develop leaders, and strengthen the organization’s capacity to serve. The ideal candidate will be someone who has successfully led highly sophisticated local government divisions, departments, or organizations with strong leadership and financial acumen. They will value the diversity of thought and backgrounds and ensure all employees are respected and included and that their talents and insights are utilized. They will encourage cross-departmental collaboration to achieve Council goals and meet changing community needs.

The DCM/COO will be a responsive and transparent communicator that enjoys representing the City at all times. This person will be collaborative and able to build partnerships across City departments and with external organizations that have similar objectives while seeking to enhance the City’s ability to meet community needs. As a trusted partner with the City Manager, the DCM/COO serves as a liaison between the organization, community, and City Council. A humble yet confident leader, the successful candidate understands the importance of building and maintaining strong community and business partnerships.

The Deputy City Manager will bring a strategic perspective and seek data-driven solutions. The ideal candidate will be innovative and will review and improve business and operational processes. They will balance the pressures of day-to-day operational issues and also focus on long-term objectives. The ideal candidate will be able to operate in a fast-paced and demanding environment with the high expectations of the community and organization.

The Community

Dublin, Ohio, USA, is a progressive, well-educated, and innovative city surrounding the Scioto River in the northwest area of metropolitan Columbus.

Approximately 25 square miles and home to 50,000 people, the City annually hosts the Jack Nicklaus PGA Tour Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club and one of the nation’s largest Irish cultural events – the Dublin Irish Festival.

Dublin is also known as a leader in innovative service department-oriented projects.

Dublin is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation. It is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, an entrepreneurial center, 4,300+ businesses, world-class events, and the urban, walkable Bridge Street District

Dublin’s diverse and sound economic base provides the foundation for the present and future stability of the City. The City’s continued economic vitality is the result of quality development, strategic planning, and aggressive efforts to attract and retain high-quality commercial development.

Dublin’s largest source of funding is income tax revenues, which are allocated 75 percent to the General Fund and 25 percent to the Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Dublin’s healthy tax base provides the resources necessary to keep pace with the City’s growth and underwrite the high quality of life enjoyed by Dublin’s corporate and residential citizens. The CIP establishes a fiscally sound plan for Dublin’s future investment in capital infrastructure and provides financial guidelines that identify available revenue sources, debt capacity, and policy for projecting revenues and designating reserves to be maintained.

Dublin’s fiscally sound stewardship has earned the City the highest available bond ratings – AAA from Moody’s Investors Service and AAA from Fitch Ratings – a distinction carried by approximately three percent of rated cities nationwide.

These ratings reflect the cooperative efforts of private citizens, civic leaders, government officials, and business representatives. Such widespread commitment to the community ensures that Dublin will remain one of the most desirable suburbs in Central Ohio and the Midwest.

Quick Facts

• Population: 49,037
• Median Household Income: $137,867
• Median Home Value: $377,500
• Median Age: 39.8

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.


The authorized salary range for this position is $151,100 - $167,850, depending on qualifications. The City provides an excellent benefits program, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, and deferred compensation, employee assistance program, short-term disability, and generous vacation, personal, and sick leave. Retirement benefits are provided through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

Residency is not required for the Deputy City Manager but is required for the City Manager.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled. Please apply as soon as possible.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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