BOZEMAN, MT -- The Gallatin Association of REALTORS® has endorsed Joe Skinner for re-election as Gallatin County Commissioner.
During Skinner’s 12 years as a county commissioner he has played a leadership role in a number of key initiatives and demonstrated the ability to collaborate with multiple jurisdictions in order to produce results. His broad-based experience includes playing a leadership role in initiatives impacting growth policies, capital improvement, drug treatment programs and land conservation.
Skinner has assisted with the Friends of Treatment Court, a court-supervised program in which substance-dependent offenders are held to strict requirements, including intensive addiction treatment. The program costs between $15 to $20 a day, compared to the $120 per day to house an inmate at the Montana State Prison.
In addition, he has been actively involved with the Custer Gallatin Working Group, which focuses on managing public land in the Custer Gallatin National Forest to provide protection for wildlife habitat, grazing, mineral extraction, logging endeavors and recreational use. The group is comprised of seven county commissioners, eight industrial leaders and four conservation nongovernmental organizations.
Skinner’s latest project is working with the City of Bozeman to facilitate planning of a new law and justice campus. A city-county bond split for the project appears on this November’s ballot. If approved by voters, the project will replace the old law and justice building with a larger building that will house the Bozeman Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and provide space for an additional district courtroom. The new, larger facility will help Gallatin County’s law enforcement and public safety personnel handle the increasing demands resulting from the area’s continued growth.
“Joe Skinner is a proven leader with a track record that demonstrates his genuine concern for the burden carried by taxpayers and property owners in Gallatin County,” GAR President Tyler Garrison said. “Additionally, Joe understands the important contribution and economic impact of the real estate industry in the Gallatin Valley area. His experience, track record and common-sense approach to leadership have earned our endorsement in his bid for re-election.”
Joe Skinner was born and raised in Gallatin County and earned a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University. During most of his adult life he has focused on working his farm and ranch while dedicating a portion of his land to the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat. In addition to his two terms as county commissioner, Skinner served on the Gallatin County planning board for nearly a decade and three terms on the Farm Credit Service Bank advisory committee. He is also past president of both the Dry Creek Irrigation Canal and the Gallatin Beef Producers.
Based in Bozeman, MT, the Gallatin Association of REALTORS® (GAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. GAR was chartered as the Bozeman Board of REALTORS® in 1970 by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and changed to its present name in 1996. GAR and its members serve Gallatin County and surrounding areas, including Ennis, Big Sky, Big Timber, Livingston and Three Forks. GAR members’ practices cover a variety of real estate specialties, including appraisal, commercial, development, farm and ranch, property management, residential, recreational land and resort properties