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First edition of Montana Municipal Officials Handbook now available

March 21, 2011 -- MSU News Service

The Montana Municipal Officials Handbook is now available from the MSU Local Government Center.   High-Res Available

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The first edition of the Montana Municipal Officials Handbook, which includes an overview of local government and a procedures manual for clerks, treasurers and finance officers, was just released by the Montana State University Extension Local Government Center.

The publication was co-authored by the Local Government Center, Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority, Local Government Associates, and numerous clerk/treasurers throughout the state. Ken Weaver, co-founder and retired director of the Local Government Center, served as editor of this collaborative effort.

The creation of this handbook is a response to years of frustration experienced by newly elected mayors, council members and newly appointed municipal clerks who have had little, if any, resource materials available. The high turnover rate of these municipal officials' results in continuous erosion of the knowledge base and skills required to operate and maintain an efficient, responsive and trusted municipal government in Montana.

Part I of this edition includes chapters on defining and governing the municipality, human resource management, budgeting, financial management, property and contracts, and citizen participation in local government. Part II is a procedures manual written by Montana's clerks, treasurers and finance officers for their peers. The 88-page manual includes chapters on council procedures, administrative duties, licenses and permitting procedures, public records and budget and finance.

The publication sells for $30, plus $6.00 shipping and handling fee. To order, contact the Local Government Center at (406) 994-6694 or

Jennifer Blessum at (406) 994-6694 or