City of Homer

Homer is a vibrant city on Kachemak Bay, located in south-central Alaska, near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula.  The City of Homer is 227 road miles from Anchorage, and accessible by land, sea, or air travel.  Homer has a diverse economy with commercial fishing, tourism, and government sectors being the most prominent.  Homer’s climate is moderated by the Pacific Ocean, resulting in warmer winters and cooler summers than seen in places farther inland in Alaska.

The City of Homer incorporated on March 31, 1964 and is a Council-Manager form of government.  The City is a first class general law municipality with a population of about 5,300.  The legislative body is composed of a Mayor and six Council members elected at large.  The Council sets policy, adopts ordinances, resolutions, and determines funding for all programs and services through the adoption of the Municipal budget.

The City has over 100 full-time employees, as well as four part-time positions.  The City’s budget is $22 million and includes; Police (patrol, dispatch, jail), Fire and EMS services, Public Works (water, sewer, camping, parks and recreation), Port and Harbor, Library, Administration, Finance, Planning and Zoning and management of the airport terminal building.

The City Manager is the chief administrative officer responsible for the administration of all City services and supervision of department directors and administrative staff.  This is a contract position serving at the will of the City Council.  Contract salary and terms are dependent upon qualifications, and will be negotiated after an offer of employment has been made.  The City offers an outstanding fringe benefit package including Health Insurance, Retirement in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Life Insurance, Wellness Program, Paid Time Off, Sick Leave, and Holiday Pay.

Applications will be reviewed in early February.  Telephonic and in-person interviews will also be conducted in February.  The final applicants selected will receive budget and capital improvement information.

If you have any questions regarding the benefits or application process please contact Andrea Browning, HR Director at

Salary DOE, with benefits.

A complete job description and application is available at

Position closes January 30, 2020

 Applications and resumes are subject to review by the public and press.

The City of Homer is an EEO/AAE



Serves as chief administrative officer of the city and is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of all city services through the supervision of administrative staff and department heads.  Performs duties under the directives of City laws and ordinances within policy guidelines from the City Council.  Assists the City Council by providing prompt and accurate information on policy and legislative decisions.  Maintains contact with the citizens of Homer to determine problems and provide information.  Administers the City of Homer Personnel Regulations as adopted by the City Council.


  1. Serves as chief administrative officer of the city and is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of all city services.
  2. Supervises the enforcement of municipal law and carries out the directives of the governing body.
  3. Develops and participates in community relations programs to explain the activities and functions of the City and to answer questions and investigate complaints from the public.
  4. Exercises custody over all real and personal property of the municipality.
  5. Emergency management responsibilities include but are not limited to coordinating the response of City resources in significant emergency operations.
  6. Aids the general planning of City Council meetings, content of the agenda and assists the Council in obtaining requested information.
  7. Appoints directors of departments and directs the internal administration and operation of all City Departments through department directors.
  8. Conduit for Council interactions with City attorney and provides guidance in legal matters.
  9. Responsible for hiring and terminating all City employees subject to the provisions of the City of Homer Personnel Regulations
  10. Coordinates with outside consultants, federal, state and borough personnel and agencies as required.
  11. Remains current in regard to federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances and pending legislation governing municipal operations.
  12. Responsible for overall budget preparation and capital improvement program, as well as their presentation to the City Council and executes budget and capital improvement program as adopted. Makes monthly written reports to the council on city finances and operations.
  13. Performs all other duties as required by the City Council and as prescribed by Homer Municipal Code and AS29.20.500.                                                                 


B.A. degree in business or public administration or related field required, relevant Master’s degree desired.  Minimum of five years of management and supervisory experience required, municipal management experience desired. Knowledge of the needs and special requirements of a coastal community ie; fishing and tourism issues desired.  Possess proven leadership ability.  Knowledge of the Alaska State Legislative process.  Familiarity with Water and Wastewater Utility, Port and Harbor operations, and a combination paid staff/volunteer Fire Department.

Ability to: read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents; respond to inquiries or complaints from the public, regulatory agencies or members of the business community; write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format; effectively present information to top management personnel, public groups, boards and commissions and the City Council.


Frequent exercise of independent judgment and initiative is required.  Has overall responsibility for all city-owned property and facilities.  Budgetary responsibility for a $22 million operating budget.


Has direct responsibility (hire, terminate and direct) of the Department Directors and Administrative Staff.


Frequent contact with public in community relations.  Requires well developed written and oral communication skills and courtesy in maintaining effective relationships with the public, City Council and other municipal, state, and federal officials.


Office environment.  Attendance is required at City Council and other meetings held at night or out of town.

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