When putting the call out for a new city manager, Prince George painted a picture of a job opportunity brimming with "excitement and satisfaction."
"The ideal candidate brings a demonstrated track record of success in senior level positions with responsibility that encompasses both the strategic and operational aspect of city management," read the job description posted Oct. 25, 2012.
The posting, which closed Nov. 30, 2012, also stated that "he or she must have the ability to conceptualize the nature and evolution of municipal government to provide effective, progressive advice to council."
In other words, a new city manager needs to be able to think outside the box, spot trends and best practices and create Prince George-specific solutions to local issues.
Among the advertised responsibilities, the city manager is expected to not only carry out council-directed policies, but also ensure "continued opportunities exist for public participation on civic issues."
The role of the city manager and mayor, as chief administrative officer and chief executive officer of Prince George, respectively, are separate but closely linked.
As a part of council, the mayor is tasked with approving policies and plans that the city manager is then tasked with figuring out how to make happen.
It's under the city manager's authority that the annual budget and five-year financial plans are developed, contracts are negotiated, department heads are selected and recommendations are compiled and presented to council for approval.
While the mayor has the authority under the B.C. Community Charter to suspend municipal officers or employees, the city manager - under city bylaw - can actually fire them.