Ask the editor: What does the town manager do?


Think of the town manager as an organization’s CEO who reports to a board of directors—a town council. The town council appoints the manager to oversee the town’s day-to-day operations and work to implement, administer and enforce policies, initiatives and ordinances adopted by the council.

Gilbert Town Manager Patrick Banger has been on the job since 2011. His last public sector job had been as the city administrator for O’Fallon, Missouri. That city is in the St. Louis area, where he served from 1998-2004.

“These are long hours and really large challenges,” Banger said. “It’s the love of public service that helps you get through all of it.”

His peers think highly of Banger. He won the John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award from the Arizona City/County Management Association last month for demonstrating the highest level of professional excellence in local government. The award is named after the late Jack DeBolske, who was the executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for 40 years.

Patrick Banger is the town manager of Gilbert. (via Courtesy Town of Gilbert)

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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