Assistant Administrator

The City Administrator appoints the Assistant City Administrator. The Assistant City Administrator performs the following services:
  • Providing operational guidance and direction to the operating department's Senior Leadership
  • Serving as ombudsman for citizen inquiries
  • Overseeing the internal services division operations
  • Managing the annual budget
  • Acting as legislative liaison
  • Overseeing labor relations
  • Coordinating special projects

Bruce McCandless has been the City’s Assistant City Administrator since May 3, 2007.

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.