Before you start your job search, you should know the process and criteria that governing bodies look for when hiring local government administrators. In 2013, a manual on How To Hire A Local Government Administrator was published in collaboration with Colorado’s local government professional organizations.  We would encourage you to review this manual before you embark on your job search. 

Here is ICMA’s Preparing for an interview in local government whitepaper to help prepare you for your first local government interview. Review this local government Sample Resume and Sample Cover Letter for templates for future applications. When ever possible, insert a civilian job title that aligns with your military job title. For instance, the title of Commander might be replaced with Director or Chief Executive Officer, or an Operations Officer might be replaced with Chief Operations Officer (COO). 

Local government job postings can be found on nearly every local government website, but many of these job postings are aggregated within local government association and national recruitment firm sites. VLGMF has provided a list of commonly used job posting sites below to help facilitate your job search.

State Focused Local Government Jobs:

Colorado Municipal League

Colorado City & County Management Association (CCCMA)

Colorado Special District Association

Kansas Association of City/County Management

League of California Cities

National Association of Counties

National Local Government Job Search:

International City & County Management Association (ICMA) Jobs

Town & City Manager Jobs

National League of Cities Jobs

American Public Works Association

Local Government Job Recruitment Firms: 

Strategic Government Resources

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) Jobs

CPS HR Consulting

Peckham & McKenenney

Waters & Company

Bob Murray & Associates

Teri Black & Company

The Novak Consulting Group

Avery Associates

The Mercer Group, Inc.


Ralph Andersen & Associates

Alliance Resource Consulting, LLC

RJA Management Services, Inc.

Slavin Management Consultants

Colin Baenziger & Associates (CB&A)