Why Local Government?

Why should young public service minded students consider careers in local government?

  • The current crop of public sector managers, much like the rest of the working population, is nearing retirement age and there is a growing need for a new generation of leaders to take over.
  • No matter where you want to work – there are jobs across the country in local government that need to be filled.
  • While none of us are entering public service with money as our main priority, local government managers make a strong salary that averages $106,000 per year.
  • Leaders working at the local level are problem solvers who are constantly finding ways to make a difference in their communities, providing the services that matter most to people. Local government managers are embedded in their towns and cities and are able to listen to the heartbeat of their citizens and respond accordingly, witnessing change first hand.
  • Every single day is a different challenge.  Local government managers have to manage a diverse variety of needs on a daily basis.  One day, you may be strapping on boots to tour a new construction site, the next day you have to formulate a response to a hot-button public relations issue, and then turn around and attend a public hearing.  In local government you can become a Jack or Jill of all trades.