MISSOULA – New Missoula County Commissioner Juanita Vero says she’ll be depending upon a skilled staff, and public input, as she begins her new assignment.
Vero became the newest commissioner after taking the oath and signing of the official documents on Tuesday, filling the opening left with Cola Rowley’s move to Bozeman.
Commissioner Josh Slotnick called it a “new day” as this board takes shape, with Commission Chair Dave Strohmaier challenging the new commissioner to remember the diversity of the population, and country she’ll be representing.
Vero admits the responsibility is a little “terrifying”, but she’s confident she’ll learn the ropes with the backing of an experienced county staff.
“And I can’t do this without you, staff, citizens. I need you to help me be the commissioner that Missoula is worthy of. So I’m really going to lean on you, and I hope you [will] be there with me,” Vero said.
This is the “newest” board Missoula County has had in a decade. Strohmaier is the veteran, with just 2½ years in the position.