About Mayor Ross

Tom Ross was elected mayor of Minot in June 2022 after serving as a member of the Minot City Council since June 2020. He was born and raised in Minot, one of 6 children who all attended elementary and high school in Minot. Tom also attended Minot State University, serving as President of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. 

Tom  has 20 years experience in the television broadcasting industry. He is currently the executive director of Elison Assisted Living of Minot.

Tom is a member of the MSU Board of Regents, Minot Chamber board of directors, past member of the Beaver Booster Board of Directors, the Minot Public School Ag Advisory Committee, and he is an FFA alumni.

Tom has three children. He enjoys the outdoors, including camping, golfing, and fishing.

Minot History

In the winter of 1886, when the Great Northern Railway ended the push through North Dakota, something magical happened. A small city was born, and within just a few months, the population grew to over 5000. Minot has been “The Magic City” ever since, and today, more than ever in our history, that magic is living on.

Minot is not only home to one of the nation’s best economies and job markets, we maintain a family-friendly atmosphere, low crime rate, and a very strong housing market. We have a thriving arts community, top-notch schools, outdoor activities for every season, and so much more.

The growth that our area has seen as a result of the energy boom in western North Dakota has also brought many new shopping and entertainment options to our community.
If you’re already a part of our community, thank you. If you’re considering relocating your home or business to Minot, or simply thinking about a visit -- please do! Once you’re here, you’ll know exactly why we’re so proud of our Magic City.

Mayor's Role

Mayors in modern council communities (or chairpersons in counties) are key political leaders and policy developers. In the case of the Council, the Mayor is responsible for soliciting citizen views in forming these policies and interpreting them to the public. The Mayor presides at Council meetings, serves as a spokesperson for the community, facilitates communication and understanding between elected and appointed officials, assists the Council in setting goals and advocating policy decisions, and serves as a promoter and defender of the community. In addition, the Mayor serves as the primary ceremonial leader and a key representative in intergovernmental relations.  

Other responsibilities include:

• Recommends appointments of all boards and committees for Council approval

 • Executes all contracts on behalf of the City, after approval by the City Council 

• Represents the City on local, state and national levels 

• Has a voting stake in all actionable decisions