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Missoula County Weekly | June 11-17: New health officer, primary election results and voter education opportunities

Post Date:06/10/2024 4:30 PM

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Missoula County commissioners name new health officer

The Missoula County commissioners appointed Jeanna Miller as the new health officer for Missoula Public Health at their administrative public meeting on June 6. The Board of Health recommended Miller to the commissioners, who has 17 years of public health experience at Missoula Public Health and currently serves as the environmental health manager for the Environmental Health division, following a nationwide search.

As health officer, Miller will be responsible for professional-level administration of the health department. This includes overseeing all divisions of the health department and carrying out statutory duties related to protecting public health.

Miller has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Montana and a certificate of public health management from the University of Washington. She also has connections with the University of Montana School of Public and Community Health Sciences. Miller has experience with emergency response and was part of the incident command team during the COVID-19 pandemic. Miller will start her new role later this month.

 

 

Federal primary election results available, staff offer voter education opportunities

Visit the Secretary of State’s Office website to view the federal primary election results from June 4. Results are not official until the canvass on Tuesday, June 18.

For those wanting to learn more about the elections process, join the election process tours at 140 N. Russell St. in Missoula:

  • 9:45 a.m. Thursday, June 13: Post election audit. Attendees will observe the process to confirm that the ballot counting machines worked correctly during the election.  It is completed by hand-counting ballots from several randomly selected precincts and comparing the results to the results the equipment generated.  Staff will prepare ballots for the audit on Wednesday, June 12, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18: Election canvass. State law requires the Elections Office and three County elected officials verify the election with a canvass. The canvass ensures the number of ballots voted are the number of ballots counted and that no ballots are missing or counted more than once. Media and public are invited to observe the canvass with the Missoula County commissioners and elections staff.

Learn more at MissoulaVotes.com

Missoula County commissioners dissolve Evaro-Finley-O’Keefe Community Council

The Missoula County commissioners voted to dissolve the Evaro-Finley-O'Keefe Community Council at their June 6 public meeting. This hearing had been open since May 23. This community council, originally established in 2009-10, had been unable to hold an official meeting with a quorum (where a majority of council members are present to pass a vote) since 2019.

The Missoula County commissioners may decide to dissolve community councils if they deem it appropriate and in the best interests of the residents of the council. If a quorum of the members of the council fail to hold a meeting for six months or more, the commissioners must consider a resolution dissolving the council at a public meeting. Since the Evaro-Finley-O'Keefe Community Council has not met since September 2019, the commissioners are dissolving the council.

Part of this council boundary may be absorbed into the West Valley Community Council area, and other residents in this area can still stay in touch with their Missoula County officials through regular communication channels available to all residents, such as at public meetings and via email, phone and Missoula County Voice. Learn more on the Missoula County Voice page.

Engage with us on Missoula County Voice! 

Don’t miss these opportunities to get involved with county government:

Job openings

Looking for a job with great benefits? Join our team at Missoula County! Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance; paid parental leave and vacation, sick and holiday leave; free and confidential counseling services through an Employee Assistance Program; and enrollment in the Public Employees’ Retirement System. The following departments are hiring:       
  • Animal Control
  • Detention Facility
  • Ecology & Extension
  • Fairgrounds
  • Facilities
  • Financial Services
  • Grants
  • Larchmont Golf Course
  • Missoula Public Library
  • Missoula Public Health
  • Planning, Development and Sustainability
  • Partnership Health Center
  • Public Works

See the full list of job openings at Missoula County and apply today!  

Missoula County in the News:

 Selected Upcoming Events at County Facilities:     

Find more events this week on the County’s Event Calendar!     

What are the commissioners up to? 

Recently, the Missoula County commissioners…

  • Approved grant agreement to receive $31,740 for targeted weed control in Missoula County, as well as an agreement for noxious weed control along Sunset Hill Road, Woodworth Road and Skilly Drive.
  • Approved new three-year contract with ESRI for Geographic Information System software for Missoula County for $262,800
  • Approved $30,000 grant payment from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund to assist Paradise Dental Technologies and create six jobs.
  • Approved a grant agreement to receive $20,000 to hire a consultant to assist in completing the Missoula County Growth Policy.
  • Approved a contract amendment with engineering firm DJ&A to account for additional expenses in the permitting for New Meadows Trail
  • Approved a lease with YMCA and MOFI for the continued renovation of the YMCA
  • Heard an update from Western Montana Mental Health Center about service delivery plan
  • Proclaimed June 7 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day

 Keep up with the commissioners yourself by attending a public meeting. Commissioners’ meetings and selected board meetings for the upcoming week are listed below, with links to agendas and Microsoft Teams links: 

 

Tuesday, June 11

Wednesday, June 12

 Thursday, June 13

 Monday, June 17

 Please note that agendas for department and administrative meetings are published two business days before the meeting, and public meeting agendas are published the Friday before the meeting. Administrative and public meeting video recordings are available on the Missoula County YouTube page, and MCAT plays the public meetings live on Spectrum Channel 190.

Email bcc@missoulacounty.us or call 406-258-4877 if you have any questions or comments on an upcoming meeting.