County Administrator – Unified Government of Wyandotte County, KS

$230,000 - $290,000 yearly
  • GovHR USA
  • Kansas City, KS, USA
  • Nov 21, 2022
Full time Administration/Management

Job Description

Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas (pop. 169,245) This merged city/county is conducting a national search for an experienced executive with strong leadership, communication, and cultural competency skills. The ideal candidate will be a proven and visionary local government leader who will be adept at attracting and building a successful leadership team, jumpstarting economic development, lean management, and culture-building. The Unified Government/Wyandotte County is a unique, dynamic, and transforming public service entity that is ready to embrace new leadership.

The Kansas City metro area is the home to nearly two million residents over 4,423 square miles. Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County is central to the entire region with easy access to interstates I-70, I-635, and I-435. The Unified Government’s offices are located 24 miles from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and four miles from Kansas City, Missouri.

Wyandotte County is the fourth-most populous county in Kansas and hosts the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Kansas City Community College, Donnelly College, and the Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences/Magnet school, the highest ranked high school in Kansas. The General Motors Fairfax plant provides 2,100 jobs and manufactures the Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac XT4.

Wyandotte County residents are regularly treated to Kansas Speedway, Sporting KC, and Children’s Mercy Soccer events, as well as shopping at the Legends, a premier retail and entertainment destination with 100 shops, dining, and entertainment options.  Niche ranked Wyandotte County the fifth best county for young professionals in Kansas and one of the best counties for outdoor activities in Kansas, including the popular Wyandotte County Lake.

Wyandotte County is one of the most urbanized and diverse counties in the state; 58% of UG Wyandotte County residents are Hispanic, Black, Asian, or mixed races. Individuals who identify as Hispanic are the largest ethnic group at 30% of the total population. Wyandotte County fully embraces its diversity of culture, people, and economy.

Kansas City Kansas and Wyandotte County founded its consolidated city/county form of government in 1997 with a County Administrator overseeing both functions. The County encompasses four cities (Kansas, City Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, and part of Lake Quivira.).

The County Administrator is the chief administrative officer and is responsible to the Board of Commissioners for administration of all Unified Government affairs within the County Administrator’s charge. The County Administrator directs and supervises the day-to-day operations of all county and city departments and agencies, as well as the appointment of non-elected department heads. The County Administrator's Office is responsible for preparation and submission of the annual Unified Government budget to the Mayor and Commission.

The County Administrator serves as the Board of Commissioners’ official liaison to the elected constitutional officers, the judiciary, and state and regional agencies.

The Unified Government is classified as a Mayor/Chief Executive; Commission; County Administrator form of government. The Unified Government Board of Commissioners is composed of a Mayor/CEO elected at-large and (10) Commission members. All elected positions are non-partisan. Eight (8) of the Commission members are elected from districts. Two (2) are elected at-large. The Board of Commission is the policy-making authority and operates with the assistance of eight standing committees.

The Mayor’s office is responsible for the Board of Commissioners’ agenda in consultation with the County Administrator, appointing committees, breaking ties, providing leadership to the unified government in the development of long-range plans and policies and the development of priorities for actions and in planning for economic growth and stability of the unified government and addressing the recommendations of the County Administrator in conjunction with the Board of Commissioners. 

The Unified Government employs 2,300 staff covering a full range of city and county services. Employees are represented by 13 bargaining units.  The operations budget totals $432 million and includes a General Fund of $165 million for Kansas City, Kansas and $80 million for Wyandotte County.

The successful candidate is required to have:

Candidate Requirements: 

·         Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, or a related field, a master’s degree is preferred.

·         Five (5) to ten (10) years executive, managerial and administrative experience as demonstrated by a verified record of training and experience

·         A track record of economic development success

·         Mastery of financial tools and budgeting

·         Demonstrated sound and ethical judgment

·         Strong skills in collaboration and intergovernmental cooperation.

·         Residency within one year; relocation assistance available


·         City or County management experience in an organization of similar size and complexity

·         Knowledge of systems and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion 

·         Skilled in labor relations

·         Demonstrated ability to implement strategic visioning and organizational/financial assessment recommendations

·         An effective organizational change manager

·         Skilled in recruiting and developing talent

Compensation & Benefits 

The annual salary range for this position is $230,000 - $290,000, DOQ/E. The Unified Government/Wyandotte County offers a generous additional compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a deferred compensation 457 plan, vehicle allowance, relocation assistance, and all other provisions of the Unified Government Human Resources Guide. Click Here to view full Job Description

Submit a cover letter, resume, and five professional references at by December 21, 2022. For questions, email: or cstevens@govrhusa.comCandidates’ applications remain confidential until the finalist stage. Interviews with the Unified Government will be January 30 and February 7, 8 & 9.  Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer. Position open until filled.