City hires Public Works Operations director

Bryan Banfill

The City of Minot has named Bryan Banfill as its new Public Works Operations director. The hiring was approved Monday by the Minot City Council.

Banfill comes to the City of Minot after retiring from a 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force, most recently in the Human Systems Division of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“My goal is to work with the Public Works superintendents to continue to provide the level of services that the residents of Minot expect,” Banfill said. “I’m looking forward to becoming part of the team at the City of Minot.”

Banfill’s education includes study in avionics systems technology at the U.S. Air Force Air University, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Minot State University in 2013 and a master of engineering/systems engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. His professional experience includes conflict management, data analysis, acquisition program management, equipment/facility maintenance, personnel management and strategic planning.

“We had a great group of applicants for the Public Works Operations director position,” Assistant City Manager Tom Joyce said. “This position is crucial to the overall success of the Public Works Department, and we’re confident that Bryan will be an outstanding addition to our already strong leadership team in that department.”

In his position, Banfill reports directly to Joyce and he will oversee streets, storm sewer, property maintenance, transit, fleet management services and Rosehill Cemetery. He will begin his duties May 6.

In June 2023, the City Council approved a restructuring of the Public Works Department, creating a Public Works Utilities director and a Public Works Operations director. Jason Sorenson, formerly the assistant Public Works director, was named the Public Works Utilities director in 2023.


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