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Montana county commissioners gather for MSU training

December 23, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Bozeman – Twenty-one Montana county commissioners recently completed a County Commissioners Certification Program conducted by the Montana State University Local Government Center and the Montana Association of Counties. The training included sessions on budget, finance and tax policy, intergovernmental relations, human resource management and the Montana local government review process. Commissioners earn certification after completing 40 hours of instruction over a two-year period.

“The commissioners completing this training have shown their commitment to learning how to best serve in their county,” said Dan Clark, director of the Local Government Center. “Serving in county government is complex and this training equips them with the skills they need to successfully serve their constituents.”

Montana county officials who received certification are:

  • Kevin Hart, Terry Vermeire, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County;
  • C. Thomas Rice, Beaverhead County;
  • Charles Kulbeck, Blaine County;
  • Franklin Slifka, Broadwater County;
  • Robert Pasha, Chouteau County;
  • Kevin Krausz, Custer County;
  • Steve Baldwin, Fallon County;
  • Dean Blomquist, Golden Valley County;
  • Bart Bonney, Granite County;
  • Mark Peterson, Hill County;
  • Anthony Berget, Lincoln County;
  • Laurie Johnston, Mineral County;
  • Clint Tinsley, Park County;
  • Bruce Christofferson, Phillips County;
  • Duane Mitchell, Richland County;
  • Ed Joiner, Rosebud County;
  • Keith Clawson, Sheridan County;
  • Robert Faw, Sweet Grass County;
  • Ronald Ostberg, Teton County;
  • Deb Brandon, Toole County.

Montana county officials (all are commissioners unless noted) who attended the certification training are:

  • Paul Smith, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County;
  • Luther Waterland, Carter County;
  • Gary Krueger, Flathead County;
  • GC Tucker Hughes, Amanda Kelly (clerk and recorder), Judith Basin County;
  • Susan Good Geise, Lewis and Clark County;
  • Mike Cole, Lincoln County;
  • Chris King, Leslie Mitchell (clerk and recorder), Tara Thoeny (treasurer), Petroleum County;
  • Nichol Scribner, (clerk and recorder), Sanders County. 

Contact: Dan Clark, MSU Local Government Center Director, (406) 994-7756 or