Age: 58

Address and Contact info:

Re-Elect Dutton for Sheriff-Coroner P.O. Box 1965 Helena, MT 59624


· Montana Basic Coroner Certification Class

· Advanced Death Investigation School

· Sheriff's Institute in Aurora, CO

· Graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy

· Professional Leadership Development School, Montana Law Enforcement Academy

· Fire Warden Training

· F.B.I. Command College

· National Institute of Corrections, Planning of New Institutions

· National Incident Management System

· Basic SWAT Training

· Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diving Certificate

· Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic

· Licensed Commercial/Instrument/Single/Multi-Engine and Instructor Pilot and Airframe and Powerplant Certificate

Occupation: Sheriff of Lewis and Clark County

Relevant Experience:

• Performed all duties of the office of Sheriff for 10 years

· Manages $12.3 million budget

· Co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional, multi-level incidents involving local, state and federal agencies

· Supervises over 80 employees

· Over-sees Lewis and Clark County Detention Facility

· Lewis and Clark County Fire Warden

· Supervises Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue

· Incident commander, multi-agency man-hunt in 2015 (the largest in Montana history), which resulted in the homicide suspect’s capture.

· Implemented first 24/7 Sobriety Program in Montana

· Formation of first Jet Ski Water Emergency Team in the County

· Obtained for the Sheriff's office the first licensed, non-transporting, medical-tactical advanced life support team designation (SEALS) in the State of Montana

Why are you running for this office?

In my 34 years in law enforcement, I have dedicated myself to, and expect to be judged by, how well I have met these three standards: Safety, Service, and Trust. The safety of our community is of utmost importance to me; and that means safety for all our citizens, including those who live in the rural areas of Lewis & Clark County, the law enforcement professionals who serve the public, as well as those in our care and custody. I believe deeply that all people deserve to be safe in their homes and their communities, and must be able to trust that those charged with safeguarding the public will always go the extra mile. The Sheriff’s Department is here to provide service to you, whether it is investigating criminal activity, conducting a welfare check of someone in need, responding to a crisis, or preventing a crime from occurring. Service also means listening to the community and maintaining open lines of communication. You need to trust and have confidence in your Sheriff’s Department, and that starts with your Sheriff-Coroner. I have worked long and hard to do the job you hired me to do in a responsible and cost-effective manner. Thirty-four years of law enforcement have provided me the tools to lead the department. After 10 years as your Sheriff, I am still excited and motivated to meet new challenges. While I am proud of what the Sheriff’s Department has accomplished, I strive everyday to improve our performance.

What do you hope to accomplish in this office?

I have six priorities.

First, to ensure that the Sheriff’s Department combats the increase in our crime rate caused by the dramatic surge in drug use – particularly the opioid epidemic.

Second, to ensure that every member of the Sheriff’s Department has the most up-to-date training to address the mental health challenges on the street and in our jail.

Third, to ensure that the Sheriff’s Department has the training and skills to address the scourge of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Fourth, to lead the Department’s transition to our new administrative facility including personnel, evidence, and criminal investigation files.

Fifth, ensure that we carry out the new duties of Coroner in an expert, compassionate manner.

Sixth, to continue to prepare for and occupy the new jail including hiring 33 new Detention Officers and making certain that the new jail is a safe, efficient, and highly functional.

Why should people vote for you?

My 34 years of experience in Law Enforcement and 10 years as your Sheriff have given me the knowledge to deal with the challenges and opportunities that occur every day.

I anticipated needs and as a result strengthened collaborative relationships with the Missouri River Drug Task Force, Helena Police Department, and other divisions of the justice system, implemented Active Shooter Training in our schools, added K-9 drug detection, increased mental health crisis services, and expanded our Search and Rescue capabilities.

Emphasizing my experience, I like to use the analogy of taking your family on a long car trip on steep, winding mountain roads. If your car’s brakes need to be fixed before the trip, do you want those repairs done by the head mechanic, or the less experienced guy. I believe that my 10 years as your Sheriff has demonstrated my ability to get the job of Sheriff done. I have worked hard to provide the leadership and service you deserve and I hope to have earned your trust.

-- This written response was provided by the candidate. 

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