Morning Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Oct. 23 morning update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Procession route

Law enforcement and first responder vehicles from around the region will be taking part in a procession prior to Deputy Jake Allmendinger’s funeral service on Friday, Oct. 25.

The procession will begin on East Main Street at approximately 8:45 a.m. It will continue west on Main Street to Huffine Lane. The procession will then turn north on Love Lane and head to the Commons at Baxter and Love, where Jake’s service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

We encourage people to line the procession route to show support for Jake’s family and the law enforcement and first responder community.

Drivers can expect long delays on Main Street as the procession moves through Bozeman. Please take alternate routes and avoid Main Street if possible.

Prior to the procession, vehicles will be staging off of Frontage Road, east of Bozeman. Frontage Road will remain open, but be aware that there will be a large presence of law enforcement and first responder vehicles in that area starting at 7 a.m. Friday.

For more information on funeral services, please visit www.readygallatin.com/jake.

Morning Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

 

(Gallatin County, Mont) October 22 morning update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Support

We greatly appreciate the support we have received from around the county, the state, and the country. From all of the calls, texts, Facebook messages and comments, cards, treats, and flowers, to the assistance from other agencies, we are overwhelmed by the love people have showed us during this difficult time.

The fundraiser through the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association for Jake’s family has been doing great.

While we are aware there may be other fundraisers, the family has requested that folks go through the MSPOA. One hundred percent of money donated to this fund go directly to Jake’s family.

We also encourage monetary donations to ensure no donations go to waste.

Here is a link to info on how folks can donate.

Procession

On Wednesday morning, we will release details about the procession route. Sheriff Brian Gootkin will be available for interviews with the media on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Gallatin County Coordination Center at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Reporters will be able to tour the center to get footage and photos of the planning process.

Reporters, please contact Gallatin County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes with any questions.
Cell: 595-8963
Email: whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Morning update on Allmendinger line of duty death

Oct. 21 morning update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Escort to Billings

This morning, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was joined by 14 other law enforcement and fire responder agencies in escorting Deputy Jake Allmendinger to the state medical examiner’s office in Billings.

“We haven’t left Jake’s side and we won’t. This escort is about showing our respect for one of our own who died in the line of duty,” Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office led the escort. Agencies that also took part in helping to escort Jake to Billings included police departments from Bozeman, Belgrade, Livingston and Billings; sheriff’s offices from Broadwater, Carbon, Lewis and Clark, Park, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties; and the Montana Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Bozeman Fire Department and American Medical Response.

Here is video of the procession leaving Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OLcs4wgDtU&feature=youtu.be

Donation fund set up

For those looking to help, a fund to help the Allmendinger family during this difficult time has been set up through the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

We highly encourage folks to donate monetarily rather than with food or other items to best ensure their donations are used most effectively and don’t go to waste.

Monetary donations can be made in the following ways:

Check:

Make checks out to MSPOA and write “Allmendinger Family” in the memo line and send to:

MSPOA
PO Box 794
Helena, MT 59624

Phone

Call MSPOA and pay with credit card.
406-443-5669

Online

Donate on the web page: https://www.mspoa.org/donate
All payments are processed through PayPal.

This is our general “donate” option on the MSPOA website, but all donations made from today through November 21, 2019 will be considered for Jake.

New web page created for information

A public page has been set up on the Ready Gallatin website where we will post up-to-date information that will include funeral service details, ways to donate and more. The website link is: https://www.readygallatin.com/jake/

Gallatin County deputy killed in accident on Fairy Lake Road

It is with a heavy heart that the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office lets everyone know of the loss of one of our own last night.

Deputies Jake Allmendinger and Ryan Jern were responding in the same vehicle to a welfare check of a stranded motorist report on Fairy Lake Road in the Bridger mountain range at approximately 6 p.m. There was a storm coming through the area which created icy roads. As they were driving up to try and locate the motorist, their patrol vehicle began to slide backwards.

Sometime during the slide Jake exited the driver’s side of the vehicle and became trapped under the Chevy Tahoe. Ryan attempted immediate assistance but was unable to save Jake.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, Montana Highway Patrol, American Medical Response and Bridger Canyon Fire helped with bringing Jake from the scene to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.

Jake, 31, is survived by his parents Ron and Michelle Allmendinger, wife Monica, and children Bentley, Lexi and Kai. Jake was a dispatcher with Gallatin County 911 for over seven years, a Search and Rescue volunteer for eight years and has been a deputy sheriff since September 20, 2017.

Sheriff Gootkin will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Gallatin County Detention Center community room.

This is a law enforcement line of duty death respectfully and is treated as such by this office.

Ballots for Gallatin County elections mailed today

Ballots for the 2019 Countywide Special and Municipal General Elections will be mailed to all active voters in Gallatin County on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Return postage for ballots is prepaid for this election.

Ballots must be received no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 5, in order to be counted. Postmarks cannot be accepted.

Ballots may be returned by mail or in-person at the ballot deposit locations provided on the instructions contained in the ballot packet.

Also contained in the ballot packet is the Ballot Interference Prevention Act registry form that must be used by any person who is collecting and depositing the ballot of another voter.

Within 30 days of an election, any person who wishes to register to vote or update their voter registration information must appear at the Gallatin County Election Department – 311 W. Main St., Room 210 in Bozeman.

Questions regarding this election, voter registration requirements, or compliance with election laws should be directed to the Gallatin County Election Department at (406) 582-3060 or gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov.

New director hired to lead Gallatin County 911

Gallatin County is pleased to announce that Tim Martindale will take over as the new 911 Director.

Martindale comes to Gallatin County with over 14 years of experience in 911 communications. He started his career with Pacific County Communications in Washington state as a dispatcher and worked his way up to the director’s position.

During his tenure, he served as Technical Agency Coordinator for Criminal Justice Information Network, training coordinator and supervisor. As director, Martindale oversaw the installation of a new radio system, new phones and text-to-911 software, as well as the construction of and relocation to a new 911 center.

The search for a new director in Gallatin County began in June. Candidates were interviewed by a committee that included Bozeman City Manager Andrea Surratt, Belgrade City Manager Ted Barkley, Hyalite Fire Chief Jason Rivisky and Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin. Finalists for the position also met with the 911 Advisory Board, which provided feedback.

“After a nationwide search that resulted in several outstanding candidates applying, Tim stood out as the best fit for Gallatin County 911,” said Jim Doar, Gallatin County Administrator. “His technical competence, breadth of experience in a 911 center and professionalism make him the ideal choice to lead the center during this period of rapid growth and associated challenges.”

Martindale’s first day will be Friday, Oct. 11. He will take over as director for Capt. Jim Anderson, a longtime employee of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office who has been serving as interim director since August 2017.

“Jim was the steady hand at the wheel when we needed one at 911,” said Gallatin County Commissioner Don Seifert. “He was the right guy at the right time and he did a marvelous job for us. We thank him for his time and service to 911.”

Anderson will remain at 911 until mid-November to help with the transition. He will then return to work for the Sheriff’s Office.

Doar thanked Gallatin Sheriff Brian Gootkin for assigning Anderson to 911 in the interim until a permanent director was found.

“The sheriff has always recognized the importance of working together to keep the citizens of Gallatin County safe and this is one powerful example,” Doar said. “The 911 Center, and the entire public safety community, is better for Capt. Anderson’s involvement and it would not have been possible without the sheriff’s desire to help in a time of need.”

Gallatin County 911 Communications provides emergency dispatch services for 16 fire agencies, five law enforcement agencies, four ambulance services and Search and Rescue throughout the county.

As director, Martindale will be in charge of overseeing 40 positions between dispatch and records.

Gallatin County is continuing the hiring process for an assistant director as well as a number of dispatcher and records clerk positions.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
Office: 582-3008
Cell: 595-8963
Email: whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Correction on target shooting sites open house press release

An earlier press release stated the wrong day for a local working group hosting an open house to discuss potential target shooting sites. 

The date of the event is Monday, Oct. 7 – NOT Thursday as it was misstated in the earlier press release. Apologies for the error!
– Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator

CORRECTED PRESS RELEASE BELOW

A local interagency working group will host an open house on Monday, October 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room on the third floor of the Gallatin County Courthouse to discuss potential safe target shooting site(s) identified through the efforts of an interagency partner group. The open house is also an opportunity for groups interested in managing potential site(s) to come forward and begin working with the interagency working group.

The interagency working group began exploring options for safe target shooting locations near Bozeman in the spring of 2017. The group includes representation from the Gallatin County Commission and Sheriff’s Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Forest Service, and a State House Representative. Criteria for determining potential locations include sites that provide for a high level of safety, have enough space for parking, are environmentally friendly, provide short and/or long distance shooting opportunities, and are accessible in the summer and/or winter time.  The group has also had participation from the City of Bozeman, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State University, local community members, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The working group has identified several potential locations that meet the criteria, including three sites on National Forest System lands and one on State of Montana lands.  The open house will update the community on the history of the partner group, the criteria developed to identify potential locations, display potential sites that could be developed into safe target shooting locations, and solicit interest from local groups to manage the potential site(s).

At this time, there is no proposal for moving forward with the development of any sites.

For additional information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or Gallatin County at (406) 582-3008.

Media contacts:

Marna Daley – Public Affairs Officer, Custer Gallatin National Forest
406-587-6703
mdaley@fs.fed.us

Whitney Bermes – Communications Coordinator, Gallatin County
406-582-3008
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Local working group to host open house to talk potential target shooting sites on October 7

A local interagency working group will host an open house on Monday, October 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room on the third floor of the Gallatin County Courthouse to discuss potential safe target shooting site(s) identified through the efforts of an interagency partner group. The open house is also an opportunity for groups interested in managing potential site(s) to come forward and begin working with the interagency working group.

The interagency working group began exploring options for safe target shooting locations near Bozeman in the spring of 2017. The group includes representation from the Gallatin County Commission and Sheriff’s Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Forest Service, and a State House Representative. Criteria for determining potential locations include sites that provide for a high level of safety, have enough space for parking, are environmentally friendly, provide short and/or long distance shooting opportunities, and are accessible in the summer and/or winter time.  The group has also had participation from the City of Bozeman, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State University, local community members, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The working group has identified several potential locations that meet the criteria, including three sites on National Forest System lands and one on State of Montana lands.  The open house will update the community on the history of the partner group, the criteria developed to identify potential locations, display potential sites that could be developed into safe target shooting locations, and solicit interest from local groups to manage the potential site(s).

At this time, there is no proposal for moving forward with the development of any sites.

For additional information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or Gallatin County at (406) 582-3008.

 

Media contacts:


Marna Daley – Public Affairs Officer, Custer Gallatin National Forest
406-587-6703
mdaley@fs.fed.us


Whitney Bermes – Communications Coordinator, Gallatin County
406-582-3008
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Public invited to tour Law and Justice Center

Gallatin County invites the public to tour the Law and Justice Center as part of its efforts to educate voters about November’s bond issue to help replace the facility.

Tours will feature a number of county officials on hand to explain the project and answer any questions the public may have.

EVENING TOURS:

People wanting to take evening tours will meet at the Community Room of the Gallatin County Detention Center, located at 605 S. 16th Ave., directly behind the Law and Justice Center.

Officials will give a short presentation about the bond issue then we will walk you over to the Law and Justice Center next door to see the building for yourself. The public will be able to ask questions throughout the night.

Presentations start at 6 p.m. each night. Dates include:

Sept. 19
Oct. 1
Oct. 10
Oct. 28

DAYTIME TOURS

Want to see the Law and Justice Center while it’s in action? Join us for some morning tours!

People wanting to take morning tours are asked to meet in the lobby of the Law and Justice Center. REMEMBER: there is a security screening process, so plan to get there a few minutes early to be screened! Tours will start at 10 a.m. Dates include:

Oct. 2
Oct. 7

All tours are free and open to the public.

Can’t make it to any of those dates but still want a chance to see the building and ask questions? Please call 406-582-3008 and we can arrange a tour that fits in your schedule!

For more information on the project, please visit www.gallatin.mt.gov and click the “Law & Justice Center” button on the home page.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
406-595-8963
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Listening sessions scheduled as part of Gallatin County Growth Policy update

Gallatin County is currently updating its 2003 Growth Policy Document and is inviting community members to participate by joining in on one of our upcoming public listening sessions in Bozeman, Four Corners and Churchill.

As the fastest growing county in Montana, the area has experienced significant change in the last 15 years and the Growth Policy needs to be updated to reflect current conditions and to provide guidance on future growth and development. It will clearly articulate the County’s land use vision, set forth meaningful goals, and provide a practical path for implementation.

As part of the update, which is called Envision Gallatin, there are a number of small group listening sessions. These sessions will be citizens’ initial opportunity to communicate current issues and opportunities for the County.

  • Sept. 11 – Manhattan Community Bank, Churchill branch – 7175 Churchill Road – 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 12 – Bozeman Public Library – 626 E. Main St. – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sep. 12 – Monforton School – 6001 Monforton School Rd. – 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Please RSVP for a session at www.envisiongallatin.com. More information on the Growth Policy update project can also be found at the same website.

Media contact:
Sean O’Callaghan, Gallatin County Planning Director
406-582-3130
sean.ocallaghan@gallatin.mt.gov