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Montana officials attend municipal training institute

June 2, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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More than 200 Montana and Wyoming local municipal officials attended a recent training institute conducted by the Montana State University Local Government Center. Sessions for three groups were held on May 13 in Billings.

In the first, 106 municipal clerks, treasurers and finance officers attended the 31st annual Montana Municipal Institute. The Institute promotes competency in the clerk, finance officer and treasurer's office through a three-year, 120-hour curriculum that meets the education requirements of certification. This year 12 clerks achieved certification from the MSU Local Government Center, listed below.

Sixty-four Montana mayors and council members attended the Municipal Elected Officials Workshop. The Local Government Center and the Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority (MMIA) developed the workshop in response to requests from local government officials to provide education.

"There is a tremendous interest among mayors and council members 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 have few easy answers. This training gives them the tools they need to work with their citizens to solve the public's complex issues."

The Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority (MMIA) also conducted the Jim Tillotson Service Program, providing city attorneys and MMIA defense counsel an opportunity to further their understanding of risk and exposure issues specific to Montana cities and towns.

Attendees were:
*Diane Jodsaas, Town Clerk/Treasurer

Clearmont, WY
*Annalea Redding, Town Clerk/Treasurer


*Delores Gregory, City Clerk


*Lisa Jourdan, Town Clerk/Treasurer


*Brenda Kansala, Town Clerk/Treasurer

Greybull, WY
*Katherine Smith, Town Clerk/Treasurer


*Jamie Guisinger, City Deputy Clerk

*Tomme Carlyon, Town Clerk/Treasurer

Rolling Hills, WY
*Teresa Montgomery


*Denise Philley, Deputy Town Clerk


*Sherri Baccaro, Assistant to the Public Works Director 

*Rose Elliott, Utility Services Supervisor

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