Much like any town in the United States, or any town in the world for that matter, Great Falls has its ups and downs. We have great assets like the river, outdoor activities, and numerous concerts. But we also have things like the wind; we can all agree that the wind sucks. But at the end of the day, what good does complaining about the negatives accomplish? Absolutely nothing!

You may have picked up on the fact that I don't have a lot of patience for folks who love to complain. If you don't like something, have you tried to change it? Have you tried to get involved? Have you tried to make a positive impact on the situation? Let me guess; the answer is probably no. 

And herein lies the problem. Far too often, people complain and do nothing to solve or better the situation. The solution is you and only you. You can choose to stick your head in the sand and complain, or you can choose to get involved and make a difference. Listen, I know we're all busy and have little time to spare, but it's time to stop making excuses. 

I feel Great Falls is an outstanding place to call home, and I'm not the only one who chose to call this place home and is proud to have done so. It's time to step up, stop feeling sorry for yourself, and get involved. 

If you've made it this far in the article and are feeling just a fraction of my passion for this community, here are a few great opportunities to make a difference. 


There is currently one opening on the Park and Recreation Advisory Board for the remainder of a three-year term through December 31, 2023.

The Board consists of seven members.  The Board advises the City Commission and the City Manager on all matters related to the Park and Recreation programs in the City of Great Falls.  Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m.  Applicants must live within the city limits.  For more information, contact Steve Herrig at 771-1265.

The application deadline has been extended until July 28, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.


There is one opening on the Audit Committee for  a three year term from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026.

The Audit Committee was established by the City Commission in October of 1992 and consists of five members to include the Mayor, a Commissioner, the City Manager, the Finance Director and a private citizen. During the May 17, 2016 City Commission meeting the City Commission approved to increase the number of members on the committee to include an additional private citizen.

The Audit Committee provides assurance that financial disclosures made by management reasonably portray the City’s financial condition, results of operations and plans and long-term commitments.   Experience or interest in financial information is helpful.  For more information, contact Melissa Kinzler at 455-8476.

The application deadline has been extended until July 28, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.


There is currently one opening on the Parking Advisory Commission for the remainder of a three-year term through April 30, 2023.

The Commission consists of five members, appointed by the City Commission, and an ex-officio member appointed by the Business Improvement District.  Experience or interest in the Great Falls Central Business District is helpful but not necessary.  The Commission advises the City Commission, City Manager, and Planning & Community Development staff on matters related to parking issues within the Downtown Parking District.  Applicants must reside within the City of Great Falls.  Members serve without compensation.   For more information, contact Craig Raymond at 406-455-8530.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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