PhD, MPA, University of Kentucky; BA, University of Iowa

Research Interests

Public budgeting; intergovernmental relations; local government consolidation


Dr. Gillen is on the board of directors of the League of Minnesota Cities and is a vice chair of the League of Minnesota Cities' fiscal policy committee. In addition to serving as the city administrator for the City of Grand Rapids, he is a contributing author for a book on city and county consolidation. His dissertation examined the long-term impact of major budgetary changes in state governments.