Tom Barry has served the City of Minot as its City Manager since 2016. Mr. Barry holds a Bachelor’s degree in the geotechnical sciences and three Master’s degrees in environmental hydrogeology, public administration, and business management. He possesses nearly 20 years’ experience in public administration, holds four licenses in three states, has authored many professional papers and presentations, and is a nationally recognized educator. Mr. Barry has worked in both the private and public sectors and obtains experience at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to joining the City of Minot, he served as the Public Works Director for the City of Meridian, Idaho – then, the ninth fastest growing community in the nation. Prior to Meridian, he worked for the cities of Bellevue and Redmond in Washington State.
Mr. Barry is an award-winning local government leader. Some of his accomplishments include creating a nationally recognized, statewide model for wellhead protection for the State of Washington, being recognized as “Government Partner of the Year” in 2002 in Washington, leading the development of the first and multi-award-winning municipal reclaimed water program in the State of Idaho, being selected by the Idaho Business Review as one of the State’s Top Emerging Leaders in 2010, receiving the Meridian Community Transformational Leadership Award in 2014, and being peer-nominated as the APWA Leader of the Year for 2016.
The City of Minot serves as the central commerce hub for 6 counties and also serves as the regional water supplier and landfill disposal facility for the region providing services and facilities to nearly 100,000 people. As City Manager, Mr. Barry oversees a talented and diverse workforce of 625 staff members distributed amongst 24 Departments and has direct oversight of all capital, operational and personnel budgets totaling nearly $200M annually. Mr. Barry is also responsible for overseeing the City’s efforts on all Hazard Mitigation and Flood Protection Programs including the largest construction project in the City’s history – the $1B Flood Control Project. Additionally, Mr. Barry oversees the development of the Northwest Area Water Supply Project, the City’s $74M Resiliency Programs, and the City’s Economic Development Overhaul. Most recently under Mr. Barry’s leadership, the City of Minot was designated “City of the Year” for 2018-19 by the North Dakota League of Cities – a first in the City’s history. He was also recently recognized by the Minot City Council and Minot Daily Newspaper for his leadership efforts on re-engineering the City’s budget process and for developing long-term financial models and sustainability initiatives for the City. When not working, Mr. Barry enjoys sailing, camping, hiking, and mountain biking, and is an active supporter of Minot’s many fine and musical arts offerings.
City Manager Update: Monthly Report to City Council
The mission of the City Manager's Office is to provide professional leadership in the administration and execution of policies and objectives formulated by City Council; to develop and recommend alternative solutions to community problems for council consideration; to plan and develop new programs to meet future needs of the city; to prepare the annual budget; and foster community pride in city government through excellent customer communication and customer service.
The City Manager's Office identifies long-term priorities for consideration by the city council. The city manager will provide updates to these priorities on a regular basis. Current priorities include:
- Flood Recovery and Flood Protection
- Economic revitalization and development
- Downtown Planning and development
- Water resources
- Affordable housing development
- Quality of life development
- Magic City of Service