The five county commissioners for Ravalli County organized their duties and elected Greg Chilcott chairman of the commission at their first meeting of the year Tuesday, January 3, in Hamilton.

Chilcott and commissioners Ray Hawk, Doug Schallenberger and Jeff Burrows welcomed newly elected Chris Hoffman for what will be the final two years for a five-member commission in Ravalli County. Voters last year passed a local government review resolution returning the county board to a three-member panel.

That change takes effect at the end of 2018, which is the end of three commissioners’ original terms and the end of Chilcott’s and Hoffman’s two-year terms. That allows a fresh start for the smaller board's election structure.

At the 2018 election, only three commissioners will be elected from a reapportioned county, with districts reflecting equal representation for voters.