Candidates for North Platte city administrator should have at least five years of progressive municipal management experience and be familiar with all aspects of municipal operations, according to the job posting on the city website.

Applicants have until Jan. 15 to be considered.

City Administrator Jim Hawks is retiring May 1 after serving the community for nearly 17 years.

Qualified candidates should also have a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field, with a Master’s degree preferred.

Depending on experience, the salary starts at $5,920 every two weeks, or $156,000 a year, the announcement says.

The city is described this way in the announcement – with an excellent work force on staff with many years of experience.

The major employers are the Union Pacific Railroad, Great Plains Health and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

North Platte is also the home of Buffalo Bill, the world famous North Platte Canteen Spirit, Union Pacific’s Bailey Yards, and the Golden Spike Tower.

The city has a rich history and is well positioned for future growth with much of its infrastructure already in place in the growth areas (the edges) of the city, the announcement says.

The complete job description can be found on the North Platte website under City Administration / Employment.