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Montana mayors attend academy

March 11, 2010

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Fifty-four mayors and chief executives from throughout Montana attended the Montana Mayors Academy in Bozeman, held March 3-5.

The MSU Local Government Center and the Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority provided training on mayoral roles and responsibilities, risk management, personnel issues, ethics, budgeting and parliamentary procedure.

"There is a tremendous interest among mayors to learn the statutory expectations of elected office and how to govern effectively," said Dan Clark, director of the MSU Local Government Center. "Most municipal officials are facing complex issues, from shrinking budgets to aging infrastructure and few easy answers. This training gives them the tools they need to work with their citizens to solve the public's complex issues."

Montana mayors and chief executives who attended the academy were:

Anaconda
Rebecca Guay

Belgrade
Russ Nelson

Big Timber
Mark Stephens

Billings
Thomas Hanel

Boulder
Gary Craft

Bozeman
Sean Becker

Browning
Lockley Bremner

Choteau
Jay Dunckel

Clyde Park
Alice Hartman

Colstrip
John Williams

Columbia Falls
Don Barnhart

Conrad
John Shevlin

Cut Bank
Doug Embody

Deer Lodge
Mary Ann Fraley

Dillon
Martin Malesich

Dutton
Susan Fleshman

Ennis
John Clark

Eureka
Ethel White

Fairfield
Lillian Alfson

Forsyth
Brad Matteson

Fort Benton
Rick Morris

Fromberg
Richard Anderson

Geraldine
Ross Smith

Glendive
Jerry Jimison

Great Falls
Michael Winters

Hardin
Kim Hammond

Harlem
William Taylor

Harlowton
Jeff Sell

Havre
Tim Solomon

Kalispell
Tammi Fisher

Laurel
Ken Olson

Lewistown
Jack Phillips

Libby
Doug Roll

Lima
David Olsen

Malta
Shyla Jones

Miles City
Joseph Whalen

Moore
Linda Barthol

Nashua
Patticia Hallett

Philipsburg
Anne Fillmore

Plains
Michael Brinson

Red Lodge
Brian Roat

Saco
Howard Pippin

Scobey
Ronald Audet

Stevensville
Lewis Barnett

Sunburst
Gary Iverson

Thompson Falls
Carla Parks

Three Forks
Gene Townsend

Troy
Donald Banning

Twin Bridges
Thomas Hyndman

Valier
McKenzie Graye

Virginia City
Robert Erdall

West Yellowstone
Pierre Martineau

White Sulphur Springs
Julian Theriault

Whitehall
Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh

Jennifer Blessum (406) 994-6694, jennifer.blessum@montana.edu