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 residents 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. Alex Lawson
  2. Amelia Iaderosa
  3. Angela Simonson
  4. Dalton Johnson
  5. Emmalee Plenger
  6. Kay James
  7. Mike Brady
  8. Risa Cullip
  9. Sheri Hansen


With an academic background rooted in social justice and global development, Alex is passionate about advocating for greater health equity, cultivating relationships, and empowering the change agents that can generate transformation within communities. As a Bitterroot Valley native and University of Montana alum, Alex understands the values, perspectives, and priorities that drive Montanans, and seeks to build on that foundation to find common goals and create mutually beneficial partnerships. Experiences living and working overseas and in several locations throughout the Pacific Northwest have expanded Alex’s awareness and appreciation for diversity and inclusion, and she seeks to share that enthusiasm in her new role as JEDI Program Specialist. Outside of work, an avid love of nature keeps Alex and her trusty sidekick, Kiska, busy with hiking, biking and skiing. She is also deeply committed to the ZooTown Crossfit community where she coaches and trains to offset her love of cooking and baking.  

Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Establish learning programs to increase awareness and support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural proficiency within the organization.
  • Engage employees and senior leadership to create system thinking, collaborative management, and organizational change; oversee the development of equity indicators.
  • Develop strategies and lead efforts for reviewing and revising City policies, procedures, initiatives, and public engagement plans to reflect the JEDI initiatives while ensuring efforts are meeting community goals.
  • Collaborate, engage, and foster relationships throughout the community, including supporting the National League of Cities’ local JEDI Cohort and other community partners.
  • Serve as liaison between city departments, divisions, and outside agencies in establishing goals and objectives to encourage and improve JEDI participation within City projects and contracts.