Dickinson, Texas is located on the beautiful Dickinson Bayou, a pathway to Galveston Bay, and is a prime geographic location, situated halfway between Houston and Galveston. With a total land area of 10.3 square miles, comprised of 70 percent residential and about 8 percent is commercial development, Dickinson can offer its residents and visitors an inviting lifestyle with a “small town feel.”
The City Secretary is a charter position, appointed and directly supervised by the City Manager with approval by the Council. Key areas of responsibility for the City Secretary include council relations, agenda management, public Information requests, election coordination, compliance oversight, and records management. This position will administer the scheduling and coordination of City Council weekly agendas and public meeting notifications and work with other City Departments to ensure that all City Board and Commission public meeting agendas are posted in accordance with state law. The City Secretary serves as the City’s Records Officer and manages, organizes, maintains, and processes all official records of the city. The City Secretary also administers business licensing functions, ordinances, and resolutions, supervises municipal elections, and ensures correct codification of ordinances. This role will also coordinate the bid openings for all departments and receives bids; attends bid openings; announces bid amounts and maintains all associated records.
The new City Secretary shall be a level-headed, organized, self-starter that understands the importance of this role and position within the organizational structure. It is key for this professional to have the ability to read, interpret, and convert statutes and ordinances to practical application. The ideal candidate will foster a culture of respect and consistently communicate effectively, clearly, and concisely, both orally and in writing. It is imperative that the City Secretary has the political acumen to interact in a professional and respectful manner with elected officials, city management, city employees, as well as providing the utmost customer service to the citizens and their requests that fall within the scope of this position.
Candidates must be a high school graduate or possess a GED. Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or related field preferred. A minimum of five years of municipal City Secretary or City Clerk experience or similar experience in the public sector. Candidates shall have a Notary Public Certification or must have the ability to obtain this certification within 60 days of hire. City Secretary Certification by the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program is ideal.