The City of South Bend is accepting applications for a City Clerk / Treasurer

Salary Range: $4,939.05 - $5,829.09 per month

South Bend, Washington is a small city located 126 miles north of Portland, OR and 124 miles south of Seattle, WA along the Washington coast and Willapa Bay. The area provides a wide range of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, kayaking and hiking. South Bend is known as the oyster capital of the world and Willapa Bay is considered one of the last pristine bays in the country.

The City of South Bend has 16 full-time employees assigned to the police, public works and administrative departments. The workforce serves the 1,650 residents as well as many visitors that visit the area to take advantage of the abundant natural resources and recreational activities.

Position Overview:

Under the administrative direction of the mayor, the Clerk/Treasurer is the city’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the overall management of the city’s finance, official records, computer systems, human resources, court administration, risk management, civil service administration, utilities and other functions; directs and performs day-to-day operations; supervises the department staff; and participates in city council and other designated activities.

The following duties are not inclusive of all duties and the incumbent performs other related duties, as required.

  1. Responsible for the preparation of the annual budget for the city, including revenue projections and organization of programs and goals with the Mayor and Department
  2. Coordinates finance and accounting activities including utility billing, bookkeeping, accounting analysis, financial reporting, internal and external audits, banking, and
  3. Directs day-to-day department activities, is responsible for the overall leadership and supervision of department staff and performs staff
  4. Coordinates and performs statutory and other duties of the clerk's office including preparing City Council meeting notices and agendas, attend meetings and other designated sessions, preparing minutes and meeting recordings, updating municipal codes, and serving as the city's records
  5. Coordinates and performs such services as court clerk, information technology manager, human resources manager, risk manager, ADA Compliance Officer, Customer Service Representative, and serves and the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity
  6. Meets and confers with auditors, officials, utility customers, vendors, community organizations, the general public, and other persons to provide information or referral on questions pertaining to city ordinances, policies, finance and administrative procedures, or other laws and
  7. Prepares and presents reports to the Mayor and City Council; takes appropriate action on matters requiring attention; and participates in City  Council policy making and review
  8. Responsible for Grants
  9. Serves as the Civil Service Secretary and Chief Examiner for the Civil Service
  10. Manages and oversees all public records requests.
  11. Maintains personnel files of the city employees and supports labor contract negotiations.
  12. Works under pressure, responds to and manages multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities.
  13. Develops sound work practices in regard to scheduling, budgeting and plans own work schedule and those of subordinates in order to meet workflow demands in a timely and efficient manner.

Knowledge of:

  1. Laws, statues, ordinances, rules and procedures applicable to cities
  2. Budget Accounting and Reporting System (BARS)
  3. Custom Municipal accounting program software (Vision MS for example)


  1. Excellent interpersonal skills including effective communication both verbally and in writing; including ability to interact courteously and tactfully with customers and employees.
  2. Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  3. Analyze, revise and develop internal policies and procedures
  4. Proficient use of accounting software, spreadsheets and word processing software, as well as common office equipment

Ability to:

  1. Plan, organize and direct operations of the administrative offices of the city.
  2. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive materials and information
  3. Supervise, evaluate and direct work of employees
  4. Conduct research on behalf of Mayor, councilmembers and citizens
  5. Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules and regulations

Minimim Qualifications:

Completion of a 4-year accredited college or university with course work in accounting of business, or three to five years of increasingly responsible experience functioning in a primary role in finance, administrative and professional experience in a comparable municipality, or equivalent with strong experience in fund accounting, personnel administration, computer experience and other administrative matters.

  • Knowledge of BARS system, financial reporting and municipal finance/record keeping administration is highly desirable
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills both orally and in writing and have the ability to follow and understand written and oral instruction and communication using business English
  • Analyze and understand technical information, reports and policies and procedures
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle difficult customers professionally
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Suites software and occasionally lifting products weighing 40-50 pounds.

Other Requirments:

  • Possession of a valid Washington State Driver’s License at the time of appointment, or the ability to obtain one within 30 days, and a driving record acceptable to the city’s risk manager.
  • Must be bondable and successfully pass a background investigation. Attendance at evening meetings is required. Occasional travel is required.
  • Must obtain Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation within three (3) years from hire date.


To Apply:

Submit cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position, current resume and City of South Bend Application to:

City of South Bend
P.O. Box 9
South Bend, WA  98586

Applications can be picked up at City Hall (1102 W. First Street, South Bend) or downloaded HERE.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 4, 2021 at 4 p.m.

The City of South Bend is an Equal Opportunity Employer