City Administrator for Lake Lotawana!

  • City of Lake Lotawana, Missouri
  • Lake Lotawana, Missouri
  • Jun 24, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development Planning and Development Political or Public Affairs Executive, Management
  • Salary: Starting Salary up to $90,000 DOQ/E - plus excellent benefits Annually
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 816-868-7042
  • Apply By: Jul 29, 2019




Starting Salary up to $90,000 DOQ/E - plus excellent benefits

Lake Lotawana, a beautiful and scenic lake community of 2,200 residents, is seeking an experienced and capable leader to serve as its next city administrator.  Located in the southeast quadrant of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area, residents benefit from easy access to shopping and entertainment, and are just 20 miles away from Arrowhead and Kaufman Stadiums, 25 miles from Downtown KC, and 46 miles from Kansas City International Airport. 

Nestled just east of Lee’s Summit and south of Blue Springs, Lake Lotawana is the largest private lake in the Kansas City area with 600 acres of surface water and 27 miles of shoreline.  The award winning and highly rated Lee’s Summit R-7 School District serves the community’s youth with outstanding Pre-K-12 educational opportunities.  Access to a multitude of highways including I-70, I-470, and 50 Highway are only 10 minutes away in every direction. The median income is just over $93,000 per household and the crime rate is one of the lowest in Missouri. There are numerous recreational opportunities ranging from sailing regattas, speed boating, ice boating, pontoon boating, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, swimming, fishing tournaments, and more.  Beautiful and secluded residential neighborhoods that surround a premier recreational lake, located in a dynamic and growing metro region with easy access to highways, quality schools, a very low crime rate - all contribute toward the community’s exceptional quality of life.   


Lake Lotawana was incorporated in 1958 as a Fourth-Class city and operates using a Mayor/Aldermen form of government. The Mayor and six members of the Board of Aldermen (BOA) representing three Wards all serve two-year staggered terms. The Mayor and BOA appoint a city administrator that is responsible for overseeing and managing all day-to-day operations, including 20 FTE’s, supported by a Combined Funds Budget of $3 million.  The functional areas and operations reporting to the City Administrator include police, public works, finance, City Clerk’s office, human resources, planning and zoning, pet licensing, nuisance code enforcement, and development and building code compliance for both commercial and residential development. The City is also responsible for the sanitary sewer system, and all roadways that are not adjacent to the lake. The roads immediately adjacent to the lake are maintained by the Lake Association. There are three fire protection districts, Lake Lotawana Fire Protection District, Prairie Township Fire District, and the Lone Jack Fire Protection District, which service a variety of areas within City limits. Water is supplied by Public Water Supply Districts 13 and 15.

The City works closely with the Lake Lotawana Association, a property owner association responsible for the maintenance and safety of the lake and common areas around the lake.  This includes, but is not limited to, the rules on the lake's use, the policing of those rules, the lake's environmental condition, the roads around the lake, activities on the lake and the trash service. The Lakeside Residential District homeowner dues, boat registration fees and dock registrations from property owners fund the Lake Association.

Job Description

The Governing Body is seeking candidates with exceptional communication and listening skills that are experienced in local government, passionate about serving the community, and possess personal and professional integrity of the highest order.  The ideal candidate will be capable of developing strong relationships with the City’s elected officials, staff and the community.  Candidates with knowledge about law enforcement and that possess experience in growth and infrastructure management, economic development and planning will have an advantage.  The next city administrator must be politically astute without becoming personally involved in political issues; an individual who displays initiative, is resourceful and creative with exceptional problem-solving abilities.  The successful candidate will be an effective team builder, exhibit a collaborative style and is committed to mentoring and developing employees.  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university plus a minimum of 5 years of municipal experience in a comparable leadership role is preferred.  A Master’s degree is desired.  The starting salary will range up to 90,000 depending upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.  Residency is not required.   

Special Instructions

For additional information please visit This position is open until filled with a first review of candidates on Monday, July 29, 2019. Following the first review date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the recruitment brochure. For more information, please contact Art Davis at, or by phone at 816-868-7042. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checks prior to an on-site interview. Visit the Lake Lotawana, Missouri website at

Additional Information

The City of Lake Lotawana is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)