I currently am working in a community of 1774, same size budget and we are a full service community and I am a full time manager. However, with that having been said....revenues are continually decreasing leaving much less work for a full time manager, as well as funding, so needless to say I am looking for another position as my moral compass is having difficulties justifying the 40 hour work week (in about two months, I will have about 20 hours of work a week to do). I have discussed this situation with our auditor (who is in agreement with me) as well as one of my council members and hopefully will find something in the near future (still have a year and a half left on my contract). What I will be proposing once I tender my resignation is that they do a job share (inter-governmental agreement). Another community not to far away has a part-time manager and he would be willing to do part-time here as well so it would be a win-win for both jurisdictions as they could split costs on salary and benefits and still have the rewards of a professional manager overseeing the administrative components necessary of the organizations. Part of the problem here (as you indicated in your post) was the previous manager had no real manager experience in the sense of a professional degree (he had been an elected supervisor in a neighboring township) so unfortunately some things happened financially that we are now having to deal with that have set us back significantly. I think that regardless of the size, if you can employee a professional manager, you should, it does benefit the organization significantly. Additionally, the code of ordinances here calls for a manager to oversee the administrative operations. So to change how things are done is easier as its an amendment to the code of ordinances (council action) rather than changing the charter (vote of people).