Salem is Oregon's capital city located in the mid-Willamette Valley. Salem covers over 49 square miles, and has a population of 157,429, with a current growth rate of approximately 1.8% per year. The Salem/Keizer metropolitan area has a population of 396,338.
Salem is the employment and retail center for surrounding communities in Marion and Polk Counties. Large employers include state and county government, Salem Hospital, Willamette University, and Salem-Keizer School District. Major industries include value-added agriculture, food processing, high-tech manufacturing, and light manufacturing.
Salem provides a great environment for families, with affordable housing, an excellent transportation system, health care services, and an award-winning K-12 school system. Over 13 public or private universities and colleges are located within a 70-mile radius, providing opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Salem has easy access to the Oregon coast, Oregon Cascades, and the Portland metropolitan area. In addition, Salem provides excellent outdoor, urban, cultural, and recreational activities.
Salem residents have a strong culture of volunteerism, and have a demonstrated commitment to community improvement. In the last seven years, the voters approved bond measures to improve streets, replace bridges and fire equipment, build new fire stations and schools, remodel others, and expand the community college campus.
For more information about the City of Salem, you can visit www.cityofsalem.net.
The Salem Charter establishes a council/manager form of government. The charter establishes a ward system for its city council, with a mayor that is elected at-large. The mayor and councilors are unpaid volunteers. The City Manager is the administrative head of the city, and is responsible for managing city operations.
Salem has a dynamic and progressive city government, dedicated to exceptional service and teamwork. Salem has nine department directors, reporting to the City Manager. Departments are the City Manager’s Office; Legal; Administrative Services; Community Development; Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities; Fire; Police; Public Works; and Urban Development. All department directors, including the City Attorney, are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the City Manager.
For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the total city budget is $447.4 million; the general fund budget is $110.8 million. The city has 1,147 employees and four collective bargaining groups. The city also has an active Urban Renewal Agency, and a Housing Authority.
The Legal department provides a full range of legal services to the city, including general counsel, liability defense, and misdemeanor prosecution in the city's Municipal Court. The Legal department is comprised of the city attorney, three assistant city attorneys providing general counsel services, one civil litigator, and two prosecutors. In addition, Legal department staff includes the city recorder, an office supervisor, and five support staff.
In FY 2013-14, the Legal department has a total budget of $1,789,520. Approximately $1.5 million funds the City Attorney division of the Legal department, and approximately $200 thousand funds the City Recorder division.
The Legal department also provides legal services to the Urban Renewal Agency and the Housing Authority pursuant to intergovernmental agreements.
Total annual compensation is $124,376 to $170,289 (which includes 5% deferred compensation and 6% PERS contributions). The starting salary is negotiable, depending upon qualifications and experience.
The city offers an excellent benefits package, which includes the following:
Deferred compensation: The city contributes 5% toward deferred compensation.
Retirement: Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), provided the applicant is a current member of PERS; Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) for new members to the state retirement system after six months of employment. The city pays the 6% contribution to the employee's retirement plan.
Generous vacation, administrative, and sick leave.
Health, dental, and vision care for employees and their immediate families. Employee contributes approximately 3% to the cost of insurance premiums.
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.
Monthly auto allowance.
Reasonable moving expenses.
Additional employee-paid benefits are available, including life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term care insurance; and a flexible health/child care spending account.