Submitted by Elin Westover
Fallon/Carter County Extension Agent
Fallon/Carter Extension Office offered a Board Leadership Training Apr. 14. Dan Clark, Director, MSU Local Government Center, gave an energetic presentation and addressed the questions and concerns of our local boards.
Topics included: Understanding Montana Statutes, Effective Meeting Techniques, Meeting and Board Producers and Rules. The educational objectives of this course were to describe and clarify many of the complex issues confronting boards and board membership in Montana. The program was well attended and well received. Local boards that were represented at the training were the Ambulance Board, Baker Fire, Weed Board, Town of Plevna, Plevna Fire, Fair Board, 4-H, County Commission, Planning Board, Hospital Board, SMART, EMEDA, Chamber of Commerce, and Stanhope Water and Sewer.
The Local Government Center’s mission is to strengthen the capacities of local governmental units and provide training, technical assistance, and research to elected, appointed, and administrative officials. Their goals are to support local governments in providing essential public services to their communities more efficiently and effectively and to build and sustain working partnerships with local government practitioners and their professional associations. The LGC seeks to accomplish our mission by building and sustaining working partnerships with local government practitioners and their professional associations (especially the Montana Association of Counties, the Montana Municipal Insurance Authority, and the Montana League of Cities and Towns), Montana Tribal governments, key state agencies, the Local Government Committees of the Montana State Legislature, and the appropriate departments, centers, faculty and staff of the Montana University System.
Dan Clark joined the Local Government Center in April 2008. He has been serving Montana since 1997. Prior to joining the MSU Local Government Center, he served as the statewide director for the Montana Horizons program from 2006 to 2008. Previously, Dan worked as a Montana State University Extension faculty member in Teton County from 1997 to 2006. During this time, he served as mayor of Choteau for four years. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Arizona in agricultural education and taught high school agriculture for three years before joining Extension. Dan was able to share his wealth of knowledge and expertise to help our board be more successful and effective.
If anyone missed the training and would like more information about the roles and responsibilities of being on boards, please visit the Fallon/Carter Extension Office or call 406-778-7110. Local Government Board handbooks are also available to purchase.