NORMAL — Applications are officially open for Normal's next city manager.

A job description posted to GovHRJobs.com invites online applications from candidates "who have a passion for local government service, an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to lead a high performing organization."

The listing is an early step in the process of finding a successor to Mark Peterson, who will retire March 31 after 30 years with the town.

Peterson currently is paid $189,405 a year. The advertised pay is plus-or-minus $185,000, depending on qualifications.

Among listed qualifications are:

• "Seven to 10 years of increasingly responsible senior management experience, at least some of which is in the municipal sector";

• "A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, finance or related field";

• A master's degree in public administration or business administration;

• "Experience in a college/university community"; and

• "Residency ... within a reasonable time frame."

"Candidates will have demonstrated leadership in the successful administration of municipal operations with a strong emphasis on customer service, teamwork and cooperation," according to the listing. "Candidates must possess well developed budget and financial management skills and experience with complex economic development and redevelopment.

The listing also promotes the town of Normal to candidates, describing it as "a vibrant, progressive city prominently located in Central Illinois," including Illinois State University, rail transit to Chicago and St. Louis and proximity to State Farm's corporate headquarters in Bloomington.

"The town of Normal is a full-service, home-rule municipality with a AAA bond rating," according to the listing. "The town has 380 full-time employees and a total annual budget of $110 million."

The listing also highlights development in uptown, including the Children's Discovery Musem, Marriott Hotel and Conference Center and the Normal Theater.

The city of Bloomington also is in the market for a city manager after Joliet hired David Hales for the same position. He's expected to start in November.

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