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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

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.

MEMO: Courthouse Closures on Non-Legal Holidays

Brian Hopkins, MACo General Counsel & Personnel Services

To:  All County Elected Officials

MACo has been asked whether or not County Courthouses and County offices may be closed on the day of Christmas Eve, or the Friday after Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, Good Friday, or any other day not specified as a holiday.  For all of the County offices headed by elected officials, the short answer is No, with the notable exception of the County Commissioners’ office.

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.

Order Your 2017 MACo Directory Here

Order the 2017 Version Today

The 2017 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is available for puchase at a cost of just $15.00 $7.50.You can order your copy 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 46, No. 12

IN THIS ISSUE: Read about MACo's Trust Operations Director, Jerry Spears, being elected to the AGRiP Board of Directors; review the 2018 New Year's Resolutions & Reminders; learn more about shopping safely online; meet the new member of the MACo family, Cathy Watson, Legal Assistant for our Member Defense Services; get information on compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); be "in the know" about what is occurring on the national level with news from NACo, and more!

Read This Issue

Legislative Updates

July 26, 2017

The Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee filed an objection today to four proposed administrative rules relating to reimbursement rates for health care and human services providers.

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.