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Red Lion Convention Center
1223 Mullowney Lane
Billings, MT 59101
Start Date
February 12, 2018
End Date
February 15, 2018
February 12-15, 2018
3 weeks 4 days from now

The 2018 MACo Midwinter Conference will be held at the Red Lion Convention Center in Billings from February 12-15, 2018. All elected officials are welcome.  Rooms have been blocked at the Red Lion and the rate is $93 plus tax. In order to get this rate, please make your reservation directly with the hotel, (406) 248-7151. The cut-off date is Sunday, January 28.  When making your reservations be sure to refer to the MACo room block to get the rate.

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MACo Announces New Executive Director

Posted Date: 
December 6, 2017
Bill Barron, MACo President, Lake County Commissioner

The Montana Association of Counties’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of MACo Deputy Director Eric Bryson as the new MACo Executive Director.  Current Executive Director, Harold Blattie, who has been serving as MACo’s Executive Director since 2005, has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2018.

2018 New Year's "Resolutions" & Reminders

Posted Date: 
December 1, 2017
Harold Blattie, Executive Director; Eric Bryson, Deputy Director; Sheryl Wood, Associate Director; Shantil Siaperas, Legislative Analyst & Communications Specialist

It’s time once again for the Annual New Year’s Resolutions reminders! This is to remind you of certain duties and requirements for Commissioners. The first Commission meeting of the year is a good time to adopt policies and set guidelines for the year.

2017-2018 MACo Committees & Members

Click the link below to view the MACo committee assignments for 2017-2018.

MACo PCT Regional Training Registration

Handout 1 | Handout 2 | Handout 3 | Handout 4 | Handout 5 | Handout 6 | Handout 7 | Handout 8

Michele Puiggari will be presenting the following topics: Changes to Model Policies; Discrimination Issues and Civility; Quick overview of the ADA Interactive Process and FMLA Required Forms and Where to Find Them; Discipline: What, When, Why and How; Role and Cooperation Between Human Resources Position (Commissioner, Clerk & Recorder, Payroll, or HR Professional)  and Safety Coordinator;  and Workers' Compensation: Focusing on Coordination of Efforts and Confidentiality.  There will also be a "Question & Answer" session.  All trainings are scheduled for 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on their respective days:

  • January 24, 2018 - Kalispell  (click here to access the campus map)
    Flathead County South Campus Building #7 at 11th Street West and South Main, Conference Room, Second Floor, Southeast Corner
  • January 31, 2018 - Great Falls
    Montana Expo Park, 400 3rd Street NW
  • April 17, 2018 - Glasgow
    City-County Library, 408 3rd Avenue South
  • April 18, 2018 - Miles City
    Sleep Inn, 1006 South Haynes Avenue
  • April 19, 2018 - Billings
    Courthouse, Boardroom 403 A
  • April 20, 2018 - Butte
    Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn, 2900 Harrison Avenue

If you are signing up multiple people, please submit one registration per person.

MACo Associate Member Program

The MACo Associate Member Program is a program designed for companies and organizations who want to have a direct relationship with county elected officials in Montana’s 56 counties.

Pre-Order Your 2018 MACo Directory Here

Copies Availabe in February

Pre-Order the 2018 Version Today

The 2018 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is available for pre-order at a cost of just $15.00.  The physical copies will be mailed in February.  You can order your directory online and pay with a credit card or fill out an order form and send it to us along with a check.

MACo's annual directory contains more detailed information on county officials than is available on this website.

Order Here

Get Started: NACo Prescription Discount Card Program

Participating Counties  |  Participating Pharmacies

The National Association of Counties through a  partnership with CVS Caremark provides a FREE prescription discount card exclusively for NACo member counties to offer to their residents. The card will give discounts on prescriptions for residents who are uninsured, underinsured, seniors and pet owners in the county. The card can even be used to help inmates get discounts on prescriptions.

Get Started: Inmate Medical Program

Are inmate medical costs draining your county budgets?

MACo is proud to partner with NACo and Correctional Risk Services (CRS) to offer two programs to help Montana counties contain the costs of medical care for county inmates.  Enroll Today!

Current Issue of MACo News

MACo News: Volume 47, No. 1

IN THIS ISSUE: Read about MACo's Deputy Director, Eric Bryson, being selected as the new Executive Director (effective upon the retirement of current Executive Director, Harold Blattie, April 30, 2018); review the 2018 MACo Committee member assignments; learn more about the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) extending the life of the 406 area code; read a General Counsel Update regarding a supervisor's new year's resolution, written by MACo Associate General Counsel, McKenzie McCarthy; get information on the histroy of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Act (SRS); be "in the know" about what is occurring on the national level with news from NACo, and more!

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Legislative Updates

January 10, 2018

The Legislative Fiscal Division has posted the latest Chart of the Week.  Today's chart is on the percentage of smaller producer total beer sales in Montana.

Click Here to View the Chart

Recent Announcements Affecting Counties

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Browse Attorney General's Opinions

NACo Prescription Discount Card Program - Learn More

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