Montana State University
In October 2000, the MSU College of Letters & Science, the Political Science Department, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs entered into an agreement that formalized the relationship between MSU Extension and the Local Government Center. MSU Extension has provided significant support to the Local Government Center. In 2006, Extension Director and Vice Provost Douglas Steele placed Dr. Paul Lachapelle, Community Development Specialist, in the Local Government Center. This has resulted in a very productive partnership, including collaboration on trainings for local elected officials and publications.







Montana League of Cities and Towns


MT-Association of Counties

Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority

The Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority (MMIA) collaborates with the Local Government Center to provide the Montana Executive forum and the Jim Tillotson Service Program, a training for city attorneys.

Montana League of Cities and Towns

The Montana League of Cities and Towns (MLCT) collaborate to provide high-quality assistance to municipal governments across the state.

Montana Association of Counties

The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) and the Local Government Center collaborate on a number of projects, including a 20-hour Certification for County Commissioners curriculum.





District Court


Montana Municipal Clerks Treasurers & Finance Officers Association

TheMontana Municipal Clerks Treasurers & Finance Officers Association (MMCT&FOA) has worked with the Local Government Center to administer the Montana Municipal Institute for the past 18 years. This 3-year certification program, which includes 40-hours of instruction annually, is approved by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and by the National Municipal Treasurers Association.

Montana Association of Clerks of District Court

The Montana Association of Clerks of District Court (MACDC) adopted a certification program developed by the Local Government Center.






Sheriffs Seal

Treasurers Association


Montana Sheriffs & Peace Officers

Local Government Center staff have periodically provided ethics training at the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers semi-annual Insitute. Additionally, an issue of the Montana Policy Review dealt with ethics issues for the training of their officers.

Montana County Treasurers Association

The Local Government Center administers a yearly Treasurers Certficiation School for the MCTA.