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City Council unanimously choose Chris Kukulski to be next city administrator

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The Billings City Council voted on who they want to hire as the next city administrator. After interviewing four finalists for the position, Chris Kukulski was the unanimous choice.

Some city council members said all four candidates were great options for the position of Billings city administrator but in the end, the city council unanimously decided that Kukulski was the best option.

The decision comes after Greg Doyon turned down the position last December, after voicing disappointment with salary negotiations with the city. KULR-8 asked Kukulski Tuesday whether he'd be okay with the salary and benefits the city was offering or would he be priced out of Billings?

"It's not the most important thing," Kukulski said. "If it was the most important thing to any of us, we would've not spent 20 plus years in the public sector."
After the unanimous decision to select Kukulski for the position, KULR-8 caught up with council member Larry Brewster to get his thoughts on their choice.
"He'll have a learning curve, you know," Brewster said. "He's been the manager of two small cities in Montana, but he's done a good job of managing growth so I look forward to seeing what his ideas are and where we go from here."

"Immediately, we're going to walk in the 2019 legislative session and 18 years working in Montana, I have relationships with legislators," Kukulski said. "I have relationships and familiarity with the state, with its laws, and with its people and so, to me, I've already been talking with them over the last couple of weeks as to where are you guys at and how can we immediately get ourselves plugged in to what the future is."

Mayor Bill Cole said now, the city will have to wait to find out if Kukulski will accept the position.

"This was just a vote to move forward with him for the negotiation," Cole said. "It takes two to tango, but we're optimistic. We got a great opportunity to communicate with him. I think he wants the job. I think we can get together on the terms of the contract. And so, we're very optimistic. Everything's going to move forward smoothly."

At the beginning of Wednesday night's city council meeting, it was brought to the city council's attention that Jeff Jones, from Mesquite, Texas, withdrew himself from consideration.

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