Chief Executive

The Chief Executive is elected by the citizens of Butte-Silver Bow to lead the Executive Branch of the Local Government. Currently, Dave Palmer serves as Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive. Dave was elected on November 8, 2016 and will serve a 4 year term, beginning January 3, 2017.


The Chief Executive officer serves the city and county of Butte-Silver Bow and assures that state and local laws are enforced. The chief executive:
  • Informs the Council of Commissioners of the state of governmental affairs;
  • Recommends measures to improve governmental operations and conditions within the city-county;
  • Appoints citizen Boards and Commissions;
  • Approves or vetoes all council bills (vetoes may be overridden by a two-thirds vote);
  • Calls Special Council meetings;
  • Negotiates collective bargaining agreements;
  • Presents and prepares financial reports.