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Lee County, AL - Chief Administrative Officer

GovHR USA Opelika, AL

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

LEE COUNTY, AL (population 166,831) Lee County is the 4th fastest growing county in Alabama. This highly regarded county of southern charm and friendly neighbors, with excellent schools, is seeking local government executives who desire to make Lee County their next home. The candidate should have extensive experience in local government management and budget/finance principles, public policy knowledge, problem solving skills, be approachable, and be able to advise the County Commissioners in guiding the county’s growth. The current CAO is retiring after serving almost twenty years. His predecessor served Lee County for 16 years.

Located on the eastern central portion of Alabama, Lee County has experienced tremendous growth and the trend is expected to continue. Future projections of population suggest continued growth with the two main cities of Auburn and Opelika repeatedly being listed as some of the best places to live and work. The County is just a 60 minute drive to Montgomery, 2 hour drive to Birmingham, 40 minute drive to Columbus, GA, and 1 ½ hour drive to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA.

Lee County has the big city amenities and attractions without the hustle and bustle of the city. When it is time to take a break, you will find plenty to do in Lee County. Shopping, dining, nightlife, along with numerous festivals and special events. The mild climate is ideally suited for enjoying the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, fishing in the lake, days in the park, organized sports and other forms of family fun. The cultural arts have a major presence as well, with museums, stage performances and more.

Being the home of Auburn University is not the only draw to Lee County. The three public school districts are considered among the top performing school districts in Alabama that attract residents, along with the variety of housing choices.

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) directs and manages all county operations, including the oversight of seven county departments, an overall budget of approximately $48.5 million with a General Fund Budget of approximately $34.5 million and 426 full time employees. The CAO reports to the Commission. The County is divided into 5 districts with a commissioner elected from within each district. The only county-wide elected position on the Commission is the Probate Judge who serves as chair.

The next CAO will have the opportunity be involved with the following opportunities:

  • The County has a history of a stable, professional leadership that has resulted in the County’s strong financial position. The next CAO will be expected to have financial aptitude skills that will continue this important path.
  • The County is experiencing tremendous growth which is reflected by increased annual revenues; thereby becoming more urban. The next CAO will have the opportunity to guide the urban flare while maintaining the small town charm. In addition, the CAO will manage existing and future capital improvement projects such as the expansion of the Emergency Management facility, a new Public Works facility, and the solid waste services transition from dumpster services to curbside services.
  • The County was granted Planning and Zoning authority over 12 years ago, resulting in the activation of the Planning Commission and the creation of the Master Plan; however, only within the last month has the first beat enacted zoning regulations by voter approval. The next CAO will be expected to establish a full-time Planning Department for the County.
  • The County is directly receiving almost $32 million from the Coronavirus Recovery Action Fund. The next CAO will have the opportunity to assist the Commission in programming and administering the funds to invest in the future of Lee County.

Candidate Must Have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Business, or related field; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least 7 years of progressive leadership experience in local government, preferably county government with significant experience at the senior level interacting with elected officials and other stakeholder groups.
  • Have strong financial and asset management skills including significant experience in capital improvements planning.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for community relations and engagement.
  • Knowledgeable in land use planning, community and economic development, human resources, public works and essential public safety services.

The Ideal Candidate Will:

  • Demonstrate significant accomplishments in complex project management with the ability to interact with elected officials, senior staff, boards or commissions, and community organizations in the development and implementation of project goals and objectives.
  • Have strong analytical skills with the ability to examine programs, budgets and proposed policies for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Have experience in leading in a customer service-driven organization that ensures responsiveness to its residents, businesses, and other stakeholders.
  • Have strategic and “big picture” general approaches yet have a willingness to learn and understand the county’s business operations.
  • Demonstrate an approachable and collaborative management style, one that communicates effectively with foresight and strategic planning in mind.
  • Use sound, ethical judgment in decision making and in the conduct of their daily duties, serving as a role model for other employees.
  • Be adaptable and flexible, able to identify emerging trends and opportunities and shift courses when necessary.
  • Be able to build and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with diverse stakeholders, as well as build consensus.
  • Be a good listener with a high level of interpersonal awareness


The compensation range for the position is $121,132.47 - $182,910.03. The County provides an excellent benefit package.


Interested candidates should apply online at by July 19, 2021 with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references to Carmen Davis, Vice President, GovHR USA. Finalist interviews with the Commission are expected to be held in September. Questions may also be directed to Carmen Davis Vice President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240, x135. Lee County is an equal opportunity employer.

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Posted:June 16, 2021

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