Winter Park offering sizable compensation package for new town manager |

Winter Park offering sizable compensation package for new town manager

Want to be Winter Park’s next town manager? If you’re qualified, you have the chance to make $125,000 a year or more, much more than the national average for such a position.

The search has officially begun for the town of Winter Park’s manager, with the position commanding an annual salary of $125,000 to $155,000, based upon experience.

“We’re very excited to move through this process to find a new leader that supports our vision and appreciates all that Winter Park has to offer,” said Winter Park Mayor Jimmy Lahrman. “With so many new projects developing, we hope the new manager can bring positive and innovative energy to support the fast pace.”

The town also provides a benefits package including medical and dental insurances with a 10 percent employee contribution; a $50,000 life insurance policy; a wellness program and $500 annual wellness payment; and an employee assistance program. Relocation assistance, if needed, can be negotiated.

The national average base pay for a town or city manager is $63,444 per year, according to job and recruiting website

Stan Zemler, the former Vail town manager, has been serving as interim town manager since March. The town has been working with California-based recruitment firm Peckham & McKenney to help facilitate the search and hiring process.

According to the recruitment brochure by Peckham & McKenney, the ideal candidate for Winter Park town manager is an “experienced leader, who appreciates the town not only as a world-class destination, but as her or his home.”

The town council, to which the town manager directly reports, seeks a “confident, values-based leader” with a strong work ethic, who is decisive, strong enough to keep the town council focused and on track and politically astute, according to the recruitment firm.

The town’s hope is that a new manager will be selected and hired by mid-August, according to town officials.

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