Human Resources


The Human Resources Department provides consultation and support to current, future and past staff. The Department helps create a safe and healthy work environment encouraging personal and professional growth and opportunity while meeting the City's mission in serving the citizens of Missoula. In addition, it is our mission to be excellent stewards of the resources and funds we have been entrusted with not only to be fiscally responsible, but also to ensure sustainability of the City’s investments.  


The City of Missoula Human Resources Department cultivates a welcoming environment for all staff to understand the services provided and seek trustworthy information to build professional and personal successes throughout their career with the City. The Department is a strategic partner working to ensure the goals and mission of the City are met while protecting the organization's greatest asset, the people, through effective risk management practices.

Core Values

Integrity:  We are trustworthy and honest in all actions we take. We are accountable and work to make ethical and legal decisions in all circumstances.

Competence:  We honor continued education and understand the importance of ensuring our practices are effective and progressive. We take personal responsibility for developing ourselves as professionals.

Service:  Our success comes from seeing others succeed. We provide timely and accurate service to all who connect with our department while honoring differences among those we serve. In addition, we aim to be data-driven and use key performance indicators to measure the effectiveness and efficiencies of the services we provide.

Safety/Wellness:  Using a holistic approach, we limit risk through education and support, while accommodating the needs of staff to successfully build and maintain a culture of safety and wellness

Inclusion/Diversity:  We recognize the rights of all individuals and advocate for mutual respect. We commit to accepting others without biases based on individual differences.

Contact Us

  1. Angela Simonson

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    435 Ryman St.
    Missoula, MT 59802
    Phone: (406) 552-6130
    Fax: (406) 327-2151
    TTY Phone: (406) 552-6131

Meet Our Team

  1. Angela Simonson
  2. Dalton Johnson
  3. Emmalee Plenger
  4. Kay James
  5. Mike Brady
  6. Risa Cullip
  7. Sheri Hansen


Angela (she/hers/her) brings over 12 years of experience providing Human Resource services in both the private and public sectors. She earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work and her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana and currently holds numerous national HR certifications.  She is a servant leader who is passionate about educating employees and managers on legal and best practices found within high functioning organizations and takes a practical approach to Human Resources while working to help managers build and maintain effective workforces—their greatest asset! When she isn’t providing services to the City of Missoula, she is at work in her garden and spending time with her busy family.  

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Develop and implement a HR plan that aligns with the overall mission and strategy of the City.  
  • Provide HR guidance on special projects, talent reviews, training, change management, organizational design and strategic HR planning. 
  • Develop comprehensive approaches for employee development, retention, and onboarding by refining or creating:  compensation and benefits, career paths and employee development, succession planning, and learning opportunities appropriate to the needs of the City. 
  • Respond to HR demands of the City; assist in articulating HR policy at all levels. 
  • Manage labor relations to ensure a partnership between the City and employee bargaining units; represent the City as chief spokesperson during collective bargaining. 
  • Coach and counsel management in developing themselves and their teams to achieve improved performance and engagement. 
  • Counsel, coach and guide managers and staff in addressing concerns and complaints to assure fair and equitable treatment while ensuring compliance with labor agreements, HR policies, and relevant regulations. 
  • Mediate employee relations and performance issues while providing counsel to managers on appropriate methods of performance management.