Gwen Jones elected Missoula City Council president, committee chairs assigned

Over the past two weeks, Missoula City Council finalized its officer and committee positions for the new council.

Gwen Jones will serve as council president after serving as vice president over the last four years. Jordan Hess, now in his third city council term, will take the vice president position.

“It’s a huge honor, it’s also a lot more work,” Jones said Wednesday. “But I’m at a place in my life where I can dedicate a lot of hours to it while keeping everything else going.”

The council president and vice president normally attend a wide variety of meetings, Jones said. They are also responsible for organizing and running the council, including its committees.

Meeting with other councilors to bring them up to speed and discuss issues has also been something Jones said she does on a regular basis.

Current city councilors on council committees will remain in their positions. Hess chairs Land Use and Development, Stacie Anderson chairs Public Safety and Health, Mirtha Becerra chairs Public Works, while Amber Sherrill chairs Parks and Conservation.

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