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Great Falls mayor praises city manager, who is mulling Billings job offer

Posted: 12/04/2017 16:49:00 -07:00 Updated:

Great Falls Mayor Bob Kelly said Monday if City Manager Greg Doyon takes a similar position in Billings, the city would lose a great asset.

"The fact that the Billings City (Council)  has voted 9-0 to offer Greg the job, indicates the talent and the person that we knew we had here with Mr. Doyon. We wish him the best of luck in making his decision and we hope he does what’s best for himself and his family,” Kelly said.

Last week, the Billings City Council selected Doyon from a field of four candidates to be its new city administrator. Doyon has served as the Great Falls city manager since 2008.

Doyon has not said if he will accept the role to replace Tina Volek, who retired this fall. If he does, the Great Falls mayor said the process can take up to six months to find a replacement.

Until then, Deputy City Manager Chuck Anderson will take on city manager duties.

Anderson will have to look at the blueprints to pick up where Doyon left off and follow up on concerns and issues in the community.

Anderson will have a full plate with responsibilities ranging from educating the new commission and formulating issues for the ballot in May.

Although no decisions have been made yet, the mayor said they are prepared to find a replacement.

"We want someone who has experience. This is not a job that you start fresh and learn on the job. You come with a background. There’s professional organizations that these folks are part of. So we want someone who stands out in that. We want someone who has done a similar size city and has faced similar challenges. And we want someone who our department heads will be comfortable working with,” Kelly said.

See also: Great Falls city manager Doyon hired as new Billings administrator

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