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The Harrisonburg City Council is looking for your input on what they should look for in the next Harrisonburg City Manager.
What skills, traits or attributes do you believe the next manager should bring to the city, and what do you consider the top priorities the new manager must be able to effectively manage immediately?
Your responses to our survey will inform Council members as they interview candidates in the coming weeks. *Survey closed May 31, 2022.


City Manager search moves forward with selection of firm:

The City of Harrisonburg has partnered with executive search firm Baker Tilly to seek candidates for the position of Harrisonburg City Manager. The search for candidates for the permanent position is underway, with the position posting and a recruitment brochure available later this month, and the selection of the next Harrisonburg city manager expected to take place in the spring. The recruitment process will include the opportunity for citizen input into the qualities and experience desired in candidates for the city manager position. 

City officials will provide more information on engagement opportunities in the coming weeks. Updates on the Harrisonburg city manager search will be posted to this page when available.

PDF[290KB] News Release on selection of firm 


Ande Banks named Interim City Manager

Our "council/manager" form of government

The council/manager system of local government combines elected officials in the form of a governing body with an appointed local government manager. This form of government establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services. 

Harrisonburg City Manager Position Responsibilities 

The functions of the Harrisonburg City Manager include: Carrying out Council’s policies and directives; preparing the budget (FY 2021 Budget $294 million); recruiting, hiring, and supervising city staff and all department heads except the City Attorney and City Clerk; overseeing daily operations of all city departments; facilitating the flow of ideas and information between and among elected officials, employees and citizens; serving as chief adviser to council/prepares council meeting agendas; serving on numerous local and regional boards.