Deputy County Administrator

Job Title
Deputy County Administrator
Grand Rapids,  MI
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Kent County, Michigan is composed of twenty-one townships, five villages and nine cities. The County seat is located in the City of Grand Rapids, which is the second largest city in the State. The County provides a wide and varied range of services in the following areas: law enforcement, correctional facility, three court systems, social services, both State and County funded public health, park system and public works. Major industries that are located within the boundaries of Kent County, or in close proximity, include manufacturers of office equipment and furniture, heating controls, automotive parts, financial institutions, health care, retail food/merchandise and insurance companies. There are 26 school districts and five intermediate school districts located, in whole or in part, in the County. In terms of population, Kent County is the fourth largest county in the State of Michigan and growing.  The combination of diverse employment opportunities, cost of living, and a high quality of life has Kent County growing at a much faster rate than the State of Michigan.


Kent County is seeking a dynamic and resourceful Deputy County Administrator who will ensure the effective and efficient development and implementation of the County’s policies, processes, and systems under the authority and direction of the Administrator/Controller. You will administer the operating and capital budgets for assigned departments with the County’s strategic, long-term goals as the top priority. You will use your demonstrated abilities in building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and adapting to different personalities to collaborate with external organizations and carry out the County’s mission. You are an active listener and a selfless leader who will grow, mentor, and transform a multi-disciplined team of professionals. You are influential and innovative and have proven experience in conflict resolution and problem solving. You will utilize these skills to evaluate issues and propose actions, policies, and solutions for a growing and progressive community.


As a successful candidate, you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or related field combined with at least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the public sector and/or city/county government concentrating in public policy, strategic thinking, budgeting, employee relations, and organizational development. A master’s degree is preferred.  
  • Are knowledgeable about local government and administrative practices and financial management principles.
  • Bring forward executive leadership skills and solid expertise in community partnerships.
  • Are committed to excellence and have strong emotional intelligence and work ethic.
  • Thrive in an inclusive, collaborative, and fast-paced work environment, where diversity, equity, and individual differences are valued.


Kent County offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision plan, life insurance, paid time off, holidays, and pension plan.

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