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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Hamilton resigns as Mayor of Three Forks


The City of Three Forks will soon have a new Mayor.

Current Mayor Steven Hamilton announced last week he would be resigning from the position effective June 2.

Hamilton was elected to his first term in 2013 and to his current term in 2017. Prior to being elected to his first term, Hamilton had served six years on the Three Forks City Council.

A teacher at Three Forks High School, Hamilton said when he first ran for council and later for Mayor, he was always upfront with the fact his heart was first and foremost with his students and the school, adding for the past 20 years, he has dedicated his life to being the very best science teacher, coach, role model and mentor that he could for his students, celebrating some of their best times and standing by them in their darkest hours.

"In fact, I aspired to participate in city government to help spark a greater interest in our city with our students while helping to ensure that Three Forks was the best possible place for our children to live. I'm amazed at how our students have taken it upon themselves to learn more about how their city operates, and to look to participate in ways they found fulfilling," Hamilton said. "As our world changes, the needs of our community and those of our students change, and we need to change with it. After much personal reflection, I find myself at a crossroads with a choice to make. While I find my roles as Mayor and a teacher both challenging and fulfilling, I ultimately have to follow my heart and do what serves my students best going forward."

Hamilton is humbled by the confidence Three Forks residents have placed in him to serve the community on council and as Mayor.

Three Forks Mayor Steven Hamilton addresses the crowd at the 2019 graduation ceremony. He resigned as Mayor last week. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

"I have worked to prioritize and move our community forward, and with the help of our amazing city council, city staff, and our incredible community, we have been largely successful. It is my belief that it is time to allow for new leadership and new ambitions to continue that path our city is on. I love Three Forks and always will," he said.

According to city officials, the person filling the vacancy shall be limited to the Mayor's unexpired term of 12/31/2021, however the appointee is subject to nomination and election at the next general election in November.

Interested candidates are being asked to submit a letter of interest to City Clerk Crystal Turner by June 17.

The letter can be submitted by email to [email protected] or via mail or hand delivery to City Hall (206 Main Street / PO Box 187, Three Forks, MT 59752).

The appointment of the Mayor will take place June 25.


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