Mayor Bill Cole was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. Bill graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire with a degree in history and received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York City.
Bill and his wife, Anne Remmer Cole, moved to Billings in 1991. Anne is an instructor at Montana State University Billings. Bill and Anne have two grown daughters, Kristen and Katherine.
Bill’s legal background is primarily in the areas of real estate, land use, and commercial contracts, but most of his time is now devoted to his mayoral duties. Bill and Anne have been long-time community volunteers. Bill is the former chairman/president of the Billings Chamber of Commerce, City-County Planning Board, Alberta Bair Theater, and Yellowstone Area Bar Association. Bill led the team that developed the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site in Swords Rimrock Park overlooking Billings and is working on other projects to improve access to the beautiful Yellowstone River and majestic Rimrocks.
In his spare time Bill enjoys reading Montana history, collecting antique maps of Montana, hiking, and travel.