New City of Bozeman City Manager takes the helm

 

For immediate release: May 27, 2020 

Contact:
City of Bozeman
Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator
406-579-9237 (cell)
Email: mmileur@bozeman.net

Bozeman, MT— Starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020 the City of Bozeman’s new city manager Jeff Mihelich will begin in his new role. The Bozeman City Commission selected Jeff Mihelich to be the city’s top employee at the April 20, 2020 City Commission meeting. The selection follows a rigorous nationwide search for candidates followed by interviews of the finalist conducted by city staff and community members.

Jeff Mihelich comes to the City of Bozeman with 28 years of experience in large cities, small towns, and counties. Prior to employment with the City of Bozeman he served as the Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer in Fort Collins, Colorado.

City Manager Mihelich says, “I’m excited to continue my work in public service here in Bozeman. This community has many opportunities and challenges ahead and I’m looking forward to using my experience to help shape positive and sustainable growth.”

Jeff’s career focus areas include Affordable Housing, Climate Action Planning, Growth Management, Economic Development, Downtown Revitalization, Capital Project Management, Parks and Natural Areas, Solid Waste and Recycling, Transportation, Mobility, Transit, Arts and Culture, Private-Public-Partnerships, Strategic Planning, Budget Development, Finance, Neighborhood Revitalization, Recreation Services, Sports Events and Tourism.

Bozeman Mayor Chris Mehl says, “Having a highly qualified City Manager with as many years of experience as Jeff is an exceptional move for Bozeman. His recent work in a similar mountain town as well as his areas of expertise align him well for our future needs.”

City Manager Mihelich will be available to the media for electronic only interviews. Media interested in an interview should reach out to Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator, at 406-579-9237 to schedule.

City Manager Jeff Mihelich
Image: Jeff Mihelich

 

 

 

 

 

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2020 Big Sky Country State Fair Cancelled; 4-H Programs to Continue

    


For immediate release: May 26, 2020

Dear Big Sky Country State Fair Community,

With many new and exciting changes planned for the 2020 Big Sky Country State Fair, we were more excited than ever to share this year’s event with you. We are heartbroken to announce that the 2020 Big Sky Country State Fair has been cancelled. However, we will be back next year bigger than ever on July 21-25, 2021.

After weeks of monitoring and discussion, we have decided that with the unforeseen circumstances and unknown future that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, and in consideration to our program partners, this is best for the safety of the public community and program partners. The health and safety of our community, our attendees, exhibitors, vendors and staff involved in the Big Sky Country State Fair must be our primary concern.

Please note that the Gallatin County 4-H programs have not cancelled shows and events for 2020. For more information please reach out to Gallatin County Extension office.

Thank you for being patient with us as we navigated this convoluted course. Our team has shifted our focus and is eagerly planning the 2021 Big Sky Country State Fair.

Sincerely,
Staff of the Big Sky Country State Fair

Gallatin City-County Board of Health to Meet May 28 to Discuss Phase 2 of Reopening


For immediate release: May 26, 2020

The Gallatin City-County Board of Health will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 7 a.m. The Board will discuss and decide on adopting a local emergency health rule for Phase 2 of reopening in Gallatin County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund Requests Show Need for Mental Health & Well-Being Support for Community

For immediate release: May 19, 2020

The Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund was created as a joint effort between the Greate Gallatin United Way and the Bozeman Area Community Foundation to streamline support and focus it to the areas of our region that need it most at this time. Initially, organizations were applying to the fund for help in providing basic needs – food security, rental assistance, and shelter. The fund has seen a shift in requests reflecting a greater need for mental health services and a focus on maintaining the general well-being of the populations being served.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Sheriff/Coroner Identifies man who died in Big Sky

May 18, 2020

On Tuesday May 12, 2020, at 11:15AM, 68 year old Big Sky resident David Green was found deceased inside his garage. 

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office along with the Chief Deputy Coroner are currently investigating the death. During the investigation Sean Patrick Murphy was arrested for Misdemeanor Obstructing a Peace Officer and has since posted bond.  The Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and we are awaiting their report.

We have been asked if there is a concern for the public’s safety, which there is not.  If there was concern that would be our first priority.

The family of Mr. Green requests that they be allowed to grieve their loss in peace and not be bothered during this difficult time.

Southwest Montana COAD Mental Health Team Reports Shift in Community Needs


For immediate release: May 18, 2020

Help Center 211 has reported that the need for its resource, referral, and crisis lines are up by nearly 49% since March. Over the course of this pandemic, they have seen a shift in the needs of callers.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Today

Montana’s law enforcement agencies invite you to honor those who have served, continue to serve, and most importantly those who lost their lives serving their community, as well as their survivors. The 2020 Law Enforcement Memorial will be available at https://youtu.be/ESvbZRgMLR8 starting at noon today.

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Tomorrow

We are a country built on the rule of law, and we are grateful to the men and women who enforce those laws and uphold the fairness and peace we treasure. Every year during National Police Week, Montana holds a memorial service for law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in the line of duty. This is the twentieth year but due to our current situation, gathering in person isn’t possible. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office lost Deputy Jake Allmendinger on October 19, 2019, so we will be coordinating the memorial to honor law enforcement this year.

The 2020 Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be online tomorrow, May 15th, at 12:00-1:00 pm. Many Montana law enforcement agencies and our political leaders have contributed to this unique memorial ceremony. Although we are not together in person, nothing can prevent us from honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our people and liberty. A special thank you to the surviving families for their love and strength. We hope you enjoy the 2020 Montana Law Enforcement Memorial video.

The link to view the video will be provided tomorrow morning.

Gallatin City-County Board of Health Signs Emergency Rule to Align With Updated Reopening Directive


For immediate release: May 13, 2020

The Gallatin City-County Board of Health voted today to amend the local emergency rule to harmonize with Gov. Bullock’s revisions to Phase 1 reopening guidelines and allow for the reopening of gyms, museums and theaters in Gallatin County starting May 15.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Gallatin City-County Health Department Receives Grant for COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance in Big Sky


For immediate release: May 12, 2020

The Gallatin City-County Health Department has received a $79,696 grant from the Big Sky Relief Fund to help fund COVID-19 wastewater surveillance in Big Sky.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.