Robert A. Rizzo, who has served as the city's interim chief administrative officer since mid-May, will take over the position permanently Sept. 1.
The City Council is expected to finalize its agreement with Rizzo at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.
Rizzo, 39, will receive a salary of $78,000, which is $7,000 less than that of his predecessor, John Bramble, who left to become head administrator for Adams County, Colo. Rizzo will receive no car or expense allowance.
The lower salary reflects the city's troubled economic state, said Mayor Ray Johnson.
"We were very forthright with him, and he seemed to appreciate that the city is going through a period of tight financial planning," Johnson said. "We feel it's a fair salary but all that we could afford at this time."
"He's probably the lowest-paid city manager in the area, probably in the county," said Councilman George Cole.
Johnson called Rizzo a "creative, resourceful" person and said he impressed council members with his insights into community development, financial planning and personnel management.