City Administrator

Responsibilities
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.

Primary Duties


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

Biography


Welcome to the “Magic City”! Billings, MT is a dynamic, growing community that is home to Montana State University Billings, Rocky Mountain College and City College.   Billings is #1, according to Money magazine’s 2018 “Best Place to Live in Every State”.  

The City’s metropolitan area has grown to over 170,000 and serves one of America’s largest trade areas covering much of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota.  Billings provides the region with outstanding medical, finance, retail and cultural amenities.  Our rapidly growing healthcare sector employees over 13,571 professionals.  Billings Clinic and St Vincent Healthcare are both located in the City’s core.  Billings’ robust financial industry includes First Interstate, Stockman, Wells Fargo, US, and Western Security Banks. Together, they employee over 3,059 professionals. 

As the business center for the northern Rocky Mountain and Plains states, Billings has excellent transportation routes served by I-94 and I-90, BNSF Railway and Billings Logan International Airport.  Both Federal Express and UPS have regional distribution centers in Billings.  BIL also provides direct passenger flights to Denver, Salt Lake, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis, Seattle, Las Vegas and Portland as well as several destinations in eastern MT. 

Add the scenic beauty of the Rims, Yellowstone River, Beartooth Mountains, Bighorn Canyon and nearby Yellowstone National Park and you can see why Billings is THE best place to call home.

I have had the honor of serving as Billing’s City Administrator since November of 2018.  My wife Nicole and I have three daughters ranging in age from 12 – 19.  Over the past 25 years I’ve also served as the City Manager of Bozeman and Kalispell, MT as well as Jonesville, MI.  My Master’s Degree in Public Administration is from Western Michigan University.  Additionally, I am a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

If you have any questions or concerns, or have an interest in starting or expanding your business in Billings, please contact me at (406) 581-7026 or Email me.

Thank you for visiting our website.

Chris A. Kukulski

City Administrator