Dear Board Member,
Thank you for taking the time to volunteer to serve the citizens of Missoula on a citizen board. Your willingness to donate your time and energy are appreciated by City elected officials, City Staff, and citizens. As a volunteer board member, you are to be congratulated for your desire to help others. Many people only wish they could make this a better community, but you have taken the step to turn wishes into action.
Your responsibility is to conduct the people's business in an open, mindful, and fair manner by listening to all parties interested in the issue before you and making good decisions that serve the community.
The City Attorney has provided a legal opinion explaining the rights citizens have under the Federal and State Constitution and State Law, and it is contained in this packet of materials. As public servants, we are all responsible for ensuring that our citizens’ rights are observed and protected. When people come together to work on an issue, there is a great sense of power. Making things happen to help people is perhaps the most satisfying part about belonging to a City Board. When you work to enrich the lives of others, you enrich your own life.
Issues and Personalities
The issues and personalities involved in doing the people's business are complex and challenging. Don’t let frustrations get you down as you serve on this board. Our mission cannot be accomplished in a day or a year.
Your commitment however can help you through any difficult times. A committed board is essential to the success of the organization. With your commitment, we will make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve - Missoulians.
John Engen, Mayor and Marilyn Marler, City Council President