This is similar to another post, but different enough that I wanted to get some separate feedback.
I received my Master's degree 8 years ago and have worked for a couple of cities in the past 8 years. One was a city/county with a pop of approx. 250k and the other is a city with a pop of approx 25k. My responsibilities are currently similar to an assistant director since it's a smaller office and I have the opportunity to get more involved and take on a leadership role in many aspects of the position. I am in the process of taking my AICP (May). I was planning to seek a director position after I received my AICP but a position recently opened and I was asked by a county board member to apply. It's a county director position. I currently work for a city within the county. The county is not entirely rural and has several large cities operating within. It's a director position in a newly created department. They recently let go their first planning director which was located within the building department. They are now separating the departments and the new director will hire support staff.
I am thinking pretty intently about applying for the position. I feel like it's a step I want to take. My reservations come from the fact that I have never worked for a county (exclusively) and just taking that leap to director.
Can any of you speak to your personal experiences during that career change. What were some things that may have surprised you, things you were unprepared for, and whether or not you think it's a feasible jump from city to county. Any other comments are also welcomed. Thanks.