The position of City Administrator was created by the city's Charter, which was adopted by voters in 1976. The City Council appoints and may remove the City Administrator. The City Administrator executes the policies established by the City Council and administers the affairs of the City consistent with the City Charter.
There are three primary duties set by the Charter for the Administrator:
- Administer and coordinate the overall activities of the City in accordance with the goals and policies established by the Council
- Communicate the needs of the City, staff, and other governmental agencies by providing information to the City Council for action and / or policy guidelines
- Present a balanced budget to the Council for their consideration and report quarterly on its status
Bruce is a Kansas native and has degrees from Emporia State University and Wichita State University, both located in Kansas.He has been married for 31 years to Sheryl, a physical therapist at St. Vincent Hospital / Healthcare and they have two adult sons.
Bruce’s professional background is varied since he has worked in five different states, but he calls Billings home. He has worked in community development and planning offices in Beloit and Manhattan, Kansas, and as a Planner II in the Billings / Yellowstone County Planning Department for three years.He was a City Manager in Park City, Kansas, Post Falls, Idaho, Bay City, Michigan, and Lafayette, Colorado.
He was the Billings Assistant City Administrator from 1990-1994. In 1994 he left the City for other job opportunities, and returned to Billings in 1998.Since returning to Billings, he has worked for the Downtown Billings Partnership, owned a consulting business, and has worked for the City of Billings since 2000.He was a certified planner (AICP), is a member of the International City / County Managers Association and is the City’s board member on the Montana Municipal Insurance Authority, the statewide municipal risk sharing pool.