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Bismarck City Administrator Keith Hunke has announced that he will be retiring at the start of 2024.
Hunke’s career has stretched across five decades. He began as a laborer in the Bismarck Street Department in 1982. Promotions followed as he became a heavy equipment operator for Public Works in 1987, a shop foreman in 1990, a purchasing agent for Public Works in 1992 and eventually served as a director for that department in 1998.
In 2006, Hunke would begin serving as the Bismarck’s first Assistant City Administrator. He would be appointed City Administrator following the retirement of Bill Wocken in 2016.
“In my short time working with Keith, I’ve come to respect his leadership and commitment to the city of Bismarck and its employees,” said Bismarck Mayor Mike Schmitz. “He has a long list of accomplishments, and Bismarck is a better community because of him. We wish Keith the best in his retirement.”
As City Administrator, Hunke has been responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the City of Bismarck’s 15 departments. Presently, the City of Bismarck employs more than 650 full-time staff and 900 employees overall. Bismarck has increased by about 30,000 people during Hunke’s employment with the City. The overall population has grown by more than 30 percent since 2000.
Hunke credited the achievements and progress he has seen in Bismarck to city employees’ support and dedication to the city.
“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Bismarck City Commission, City of Bismarck employees, and the residents of this community for their support during the past 40-plus years of my employment,” said Hunke. “It has been the supreme honor of a lifetime, a great privilege and pleasure to serve the people of Bismarck. I hope everyone can take pride in our city and the employees serving it. Bismarck has never been better.”
Hunke’s last day of work will be Tuesday, January 2, 2024.