Finance Director – City of Glendale

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    Chris Swartz

    City of Glendale, WI (Pop. 13,357)

    The City of Glendale is recruiting their next Finance Director. Located minutes away from downtown Milwaukee, Glendale encompasses nearly six square miles in northern Milwaukee County along Interstate 43. The city’s motto, “Rich Past, Bright Future,” is evident in its careful balance of residential, commercial, retail, and industrial land uses. Glendale’s population of 13,357 increases four-fold during the day as workers and shoppers arrive at the city’s many businesses. Glendale, a leader in economic development, has a diverse economic base and is home to many businesses and organizations including the North America operational headquarters for Johnson Controls and headquarters for Sprecher Brewery.

    Glendale is a family-friendly community served by three premier public-school districts. Nicolet High School is consistently named as a “Best High School” by U.S. News and World Report and ranks within the top five percent of schools nationally. Two county parks, together with the city’s Richard E. Maslowski Glendale Community Park, provide hundreds of acres of recreational space, including fishing and other water sports on the Milwaukee River.

    Glendale is located in the North Shore of Milwaukee. Many of the services provided are
    provided through intergovernmental agreements with other North Shore communities such as
    library, water treatment, health department, fire and ambulance services, court services,
    and emergency dispatching.

    The City is home to seven hotels and works closely with the local convention and visitors
    bureau, Welcome to Glendale to fund and manage tourism in Glendale.

    Glendale is a community that prides itself on being a great place to live, work, play, learn, and visit as well as for providing high quality municipal services. It combines a small-town quality of life with big-city attractions. Learn more about Glendale and its vision for the future here.

    Starting salary range is $110,000-$125,000 DOQ plus excellent benefits.

    The Finance Director, under the general direction of the City Administrator, supervises the departmental staff, oversees debt analysis, structuring of bond issues, investments, fixed assets, and cash management, assists in the annual budget development and monitoring, and conducts month-end and year-end closing processes. The Director also serves as the financial grant administrator for the City and is a key member of the City leadership team.

    The City of Glendale has a $16.5 million General Fund annual operating budget with separate annual Enterprise, Revenue, Debt Service, Capital Projects and Proprietary Funds budgets adding another $14.0 million. The city has a staff of 68 full-time and 12-18 part-time and seasonal employees.

    The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics, business or public administration or related field; Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of five years progressive municipal or governmental experience in finance is also required. Consideration of candidates with private or nonprofit sector experience will be made if the candidate can demonstrate accomplishments that relate to required skills. Knowledge of GASB pronouncements is required.

    The successful candidate must demonstrate experience in managing fiscal and treasury policies, analyzing and reporting on financial operating results, maintaining internal control policies and procedures, reviewing bank statements, managing debt obligations, debt issuance and credit ratings, managing various financial aspects of intergovernmental relationships, and managing investments. Experience in monitoring tax incremental districts and analyzing fiscal impacts of development incentive agreements is also desired.

    The ideal candidate should be a leader of high integrity, possessing a strong work ethic as well as good communication skills. The next Finance Director must be innovative in his or her approach to managing financial matters and have a passion for public service.

    For more information, visit the PAA City of Glendale Finance Director Position.

    Send cover letter, resume, references, and salary history in a single PDF to with email subject: Glendale Finance Director by June 19, 2023, or until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Darrell Hofland, Public Administration Associates, LLC, at (920) 627-4538. Interviews for qualified candidates may occur anytime during the recruitment period.

    Confidentiality must be requested by the applicant and cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

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