Hess tapped to serve as Missoula mayor

Bret Anne Serbin

After 22 rounds of voting and numerous comments voicing frustration over the selection process, the Missoula City Council selected Councilmember Jordan Hess to serve as Missoula’s mayor until 2023 during a meeting Monday.

“Jordan is the closest person I think, of the candidates, who will carry on (late Mayor John) Engen’s vision,” said Ward 6 Councilmember Sandra Vasecka, Hess’ nominator, on Monday.

Hess, Mike Nugent, Amber Sherrill, Sandra Vasecka, Stacie Anderson, Mirtha Becerra and John Contos voted for Hess. Gwen Jones, Kristen Jordan, Jennifer Savage and Heidi West voted for Nugent. Daniel Carlino voted for Fred Rice.

“We need to have a mayor, we need to have a leader and part of that is being willing to say now’s maybe not the time,” said a tearful Nugent as he announced his intention to vote for Hess around 11:15 p.m.

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Council selected Hess out of a pool of six mayoral finalists: Mike Nugent, Teigan Avery, Jacob Elder, Patrick Weasel Head and Fred Rice.

Hess is the longest-serving member of the City Council, holding the position of Ward 2 representative since 2014. He also chairs the Land

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