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CITY GOVERNMENT

The City of Wolf Point was incorporated on July 15, 1915 and is located in the northeast corner of Montana in Roosevelt County. The city has a commission-executive (mayor-council) form of government. The city council consists of eight elected council members who are elected from four wards on a partisan basis for four year overlapping terms of office. The mayor is elected at-large for a four year term of office. The city council which is the legislative body of the city, is responsible for determining the policy direction for the city. The mayor, who is the chief executive, is charged with carrying out that policy and administering the day to day affairs of the city government.

The population of Wolf Point is 2,663 according to the most recent census. (2000 CENSUS). This classifies the city as a city of the third class (jurisdictions between 1000-5000 population).

OFFICERS OF A THIRD CLASS CITY CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • One Mayor/Chief Executive Officer - Elected;
  • Two Alderman/Councilman from each ward - Elected
  • One City Judge – Appointed by city ordinance

Appointments by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the council are:

  • One City Attorney
  • One City-Clerk Treasurer
  • One Chief of Police; and
  • Any other officers necessary to carry out the provisions of Title 7, Part 41

City Council may prescribe the duties of all city officers not prescribed in code, by ordinance and fix their compensation.

 
LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVIEW
The Montana Constitution provides that the question of whether to review a local government be placed on the ballot every ten years. If the voters approve review at the primary election, an election for a study commission to conduct the review is held at the following general election. The voters of Wolf Point approved local government review at the June 8, 2004 primary election. A Study Commission was appointed by Mayor Golik and their purpose was to study the existing form and powers of the city government and procedures for delivery of local government services and compare them with other forms available under the laws of the state. The Local Government Review Study Commission presented their recommendations to the City Council in March, 2006. They recommended the following amendments: 1) change the election process from partisan to nonpartisan elections; and 2) operation under self-government powers. These recommendations were placed on the November 7, 2006, ballot for approval. The results of the election approved the change from partisan to nonpartisan elections and approved the change from general powers of government to self-government powers for the City of Wolf Point.
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CITY OF WOLF POINT, MONTANA
201 4th Avenue South :: Wolf Point, MT 59201
Phone: 406-653-1852
FAX: 406-653-3240
E-mail: ctywlfpt@nemont.net

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