Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Name: Bill Carey
Term: Six Years
Re-Elected: General Election, November, 2010
Bill Carey was elected to his first term as Missoula County Commissioner in November, 1998. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2010.
He was the director of the Missoula Food Bank for over ten years. During that period, he also served two terms in Montana’s House of Representatives.
Bill was born in St. Louis, MO, and raised in Omaha, NE, his Dad’s hometown. He graduated from the University of California at Riverside in 1968 with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who had the good fortune to serve in southern India during the late sixties. Returning from the Peace Corps, he taught at the elementary and middle school levels in California’s “Gold Rush Country” (near Sonora). Then for several years he co-managed a cooperatively-owned retail business in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Missoula in 1983.
Prior to accepting the position at the Missoula Food Bank, Bill was employed by Missoula Aging Services as their Volunteer Coordinator for the “Meals on Wheels” and Senior Dining Room programs.
Bill was the first person elected to chair Montana’s Advisory Council on Food and Nutrition. He has also served on several other boards, including the Montana Food Bank Network, Families First and the Missoula Housing Authority.
Bill currently serves on several Boards and Authorities, including the County Parks and Trails Advisory Board, Larchmont Golf Course Board, Missoula Civic Television Advisory Commission, Missoula-Ravalli Transportation Management Association, Missoula Development Authority and TPCC (Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee). As Chair in 2015, Bill also serves on the Urban Growth Commission, Regional Juvenile Detention, and the School Transportation Committee.