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MACo Elected Officials Training

- Posted on October 24, 2016

MACo Conference Room
2715 Skyway Drive
Start Date
December 05, 2016
End Date
December 08, 2016
December 5-8, 2016
1 year 31 weeks ago

The Montana Association of Counties, in cooperation with the Local Government Center at MSU, will present an Elected County Officials’ Orientation/Commissioner Certification program December 5-8, 2016, for elected county officials. The training will be held in the MACo conference room in Helena. Sleeping rooms have been blocked at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, telephone (406) 443-2100, and the room rate is $95 plus tax.  When making a room reservation, be sure to refer to the MACo room block.   The cut-off date for making reservations is Monday, November 21.

  • Registration for participants will be at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel beginning at 3:00 p.m. on December 5.
  • The Board of Directors will meet on December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the MACo office. Board members are invited to attend the dinner to welcome the newly elected officials.
  • No-host social and dinner will be at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in the Natatorium at 5:30 p.m. on December 5 to welcome the newly elected officials. (The cost of the dinner is included in the registration fee.)
  • We will also have registration at the MACo office on December 6 at 7:30 a.m.

Beginning December 6 and continuing through December 8, the orientation/certification program will provide a three-day orientation and training for all elected officials and is also the first 20 hours of instruction of the Commissioner Certification program.  The remaining 20 hours of the certification program will be held in December 2017.

Invitations will be sent to commissioners and other elected officials who have either been appointed to a vacancy since the 2014 election cycle or are newly elected to a county office in this general election.  We ask that you please contact them to recommend they attend this important training opportunity and that the county pay the registration, travel and per diem and view it as an investment in their becoming an effective and knowledgeable public official. 

Even though some are officers-elect and will not take office until January, this cost is a proper county cost because the expenditure is for a “public or governmental purpose” in accordance with Montana Law.

Please share this information with other elected officials who may wish to attend the orientation. 

We will be charging the participants a $200 registration fee for the orientation/certification and will be encouraging them to pre-register online.

While the program is focused on newly elected and appointed county officials, current commissioners wishing to participate in the Commissioner Certification program may also attend.  The curriculum may count toward certification for other elected officials associations’ certification programs.

Main Contact Secondary Contact

Karen Houston
Phone: 406-449-4360

Sara McGowan
Phone: 406-449-4360


Map to MACo Conference Room (click here to get directions)

2715 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT, 406-449-4360


Map to Radisson Colonial Hotel (click here to get directions)

2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT, 406-443-2100