Animal Control Board


  • 5:45 p.m.
  • First Wednesday in February, May, August and November
  • Animal Control Shelter, 6700 Butler Creek Road

Agendas and Minutes

Current Agendas and Minutes are available on the Missoula County website.


The Animal Control Board was established to review animal control program policies to ensure consistency with all pertinent City ordinances, to approve or deny requests for multiple dog permits, and to perform other duties as described in the interlocal agreement between the City and the County on cooperative animal control.

Animal Control policies shall be reviewed by an Animal Control Board to ensure consistency with all City ordinances and County resolutions pertaining to animal control.


  • Five members
  • Two-year terms

Membership includes two members appointed by the City Council, two members appointed by the County Commissioners, and one member selected by those four appointees who shall be a licensed veterinarian. 

Qualifications include being a resident of the City of Missoula. 

Members Start of Term End of Term
County Appointments: Board of County Commissioners        n/a         n/a
Jesse Munro Jan. 1, 2020 Dec. 31, 2021
W. Lynn Gontarek-Garberson (Vice Chair) Jan. 1, 2021 Dec. 31, 2022
City Appointments: City Council        n/a          n/a
Mary Sonsalla Jan. 1, 2021 Dec. 31, 2023
Lisa Smith Jan. 1, 2021 Dec. 31, 2023
Animal Control Board - Must be a licensed veterinarian         n/a           n/a
Victoria Pickart, DVM (Chair) Ongoing Appointment           n/a


Missoula Municipal Code (MMC) Title 6, Interlocal Agreement #113 between the City of Missoula and Missoula County 

City Council Committee 

Public Safety and Health 
For more information contact the department liaison - Health Department - Jeff Darrah, Animal Control Supervisor, 406-541-7387. 


Position vacancies are advertised in the media approximately one month in advance. Interested in serving on a board? These are the vacant positions we are recruiting now.