The majority and minority leaders of each house of the Legislature selected commissioners in April 2009, as is required by the Montana Constitution.
After an initial meeting, first four commissioners met twice in the spring of 2009 to discuss possible candidates to be the presiding officer. Since they were unable to agree on a fifth commissioner within the 20 days given them by the Montana Constitution, the commissioners then requested the Court to select the fifth commissioner. On May 22, 2009, the Court unanimously selected former Justice Jim Regnier as the fifth commissioner and presiding officer.
Appointed by the Montana Supreme Court:
Jim Regnier, Presiding Officer Post Office Box 299 Lakeside, MT 59922 (406) 459-3318 firstname.lastname@example.org