Gallatin County Commission Appoints Interim Sheriff

For immediate release: January 11, 2021

The Gallatin County Commission has appointed Dan Springer to serve as the interim sheriff while commissioners work to appoint a permanent replacement for former Sheriff Brian Gootkin, who retired at the end of 2020.

Springer has served as Gallatin County Undersheriff since 2012. He has been with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office since 1996. During that time he has served as a patrol deputy, K9 officer, school resource officer, sergeant of the patrol and detective divisions, member and commander of the Special Response Team, commander of the Detention Center and the Missouri River Drug Task Force, and chief deputy coroner.

The Gallatin County Commission is now taking applications for candidates who want to be considered to be appointed to serve as sheriff through the remainder of Gootkin’s term, which expires at the end of 2022.

Commissioners will accept applications through the end of the day on Friday, Feb. 5. They will hold public interviews of finalists the week of Feb. 15, then aim to make their appointment at their regularly scheduled public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Interested candidates must be statutorily qualified for appointment.

Candidates must provide a resume, cover letter and references. Applications can be emailed to commission@gallatin.mt.gov, or mailed or dropped off in person to the Gallatin County Commission Office, 311 W. Main St., Room 306, Bozeman, MT 59715.

Photo credit: Gallatin County

Child Found, No Parents

Bozeman PD asking for public’s assistance. Approx 3 year old girl found walking near Savannah and Blackbird, wearing only a diaper, unknown residence. Police are searching the area for guardian, possibly grandmother. Girl has red hair, was found at about 9:30 AM. If anyone has information, please call dispatch: 582-2100 Ext. 2.

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1/6/2021 COVID-19 Death in Gallatin County

For immediate release: January 6, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce one more Gallatin County resident has passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

U.S. 191 Reopened

For immediate release: January 6, 2021

U.S. Highway 191 has reopened, but traffic is moving very slowly. Continue to expect delays.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

U.S. Highway 191 in Big Sky is currently closed just south of the intersection of Lone Mountain Trail (MT Highway 64) due to a propane explosion in the area. You can access Lone Mountain Trail from the Bozeman side, but NOT the West Yellowstone side. Expect major delays. We will update you as soon as more information is available.

U.S. Highway 191 Closure

For immediate release:

U.S. Highway 191 in Big Sky is currently closed just south of the intersection of Lone Mountain Trail (MT Highway 64) due to a propane explosion in the area. You can access Lone Mountain Trail from the Bozeman side, but NOT the West Yellowstone side. Expect major delays. We will update you as soon as more information is available.

Two Top Snowmobile Rescue

(West Yellowstone, Mont) On Monday, January 4, at 11:47 a.m. the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a single snowmobile crash on the Two Top Trail, three miles west of West Yellowstone. Both occupants of the two-person snowmobile sustained knee, leg and hip injuries when the snowmobile they were riding left the trail and struck a tree.

Rescuers from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Custer Gallatin National Forest Service responded and located two injured 22-year-old women. Both patients were quickly loaded into specialized rescue sleds and transported back to West Yellowstone, where they were treated by Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District EMS personnel. The two women were subsequently transported to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg Idaho for further evaluation.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Gallatin County Sheriff Retires, Commission to Appoint Replacement

For immediate release: January 5, 2021

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin has been nominated by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte to serve as the next director of the Montana Department of Corrections. He retired from his post as Gallatin County Sheriff on Thursday, Dec. 31.

“I will miss serving the people of Gallatin County as Sheriff and our Sheriff’s Office family,” Gootkin said. “I am honored and excited to be nominated by Gov. Gianforte to be part of such an incredible team!”

Gootkin has served as Gallatin County Sheriff since 2012 when he was appointed by the County Commission to replace former Sheriff Jim Cashell. He was then re-elected three times.

Gootkin has been with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office since 1993. He has served as a patrol deputy, detective with the Missouri River Drug Task Force, sergeant in Big Sky, jail administrator and undersheriff.

“I have really enjoyed working with Sheriff Gootkin and wish him all the success in the future,” said Commissioner Joe Skinner. “The state’s gain is definitely the county’s loss. Brian has always been honest, upfront and reasonable in his budget requests and established a good working relationship with the commissioners. His service to the county and his employees has been excellent and he will definitely be missed.”

“Sheriff Gootkin has served as an ambitious and tireless servant to the residents and visitors of Gallatin County,” said Gallatin County Commissioner Scott MacFarlane. “He has proved an unmatched willingness to address ever evolving law enforcement challenges and is responsible for driving common sense and compassionate changes in our Sheriff’s Office for the health and safety of all citizens. It is a testament to his career and leadership that the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is the envy of counties throughout the region. Gov. Gianforte could not have identified a better individual to lead our state’s Department of Corrections. Sheriff Gootkin has our sincerest gratitude and will continue to have the support of Gallatin County as he tackles new challenges for our great state.”

The Gallatin County Commission will now work to pick a replacement to serve as sheriff for the remainder of Gootkin’s term, which ends at the end of 2022.

The Commission will appoint an interim sheriff. The position will then be advertised and open for applications. Following the application period, the top three applicants will be interviewed by Commissioners, who will then appoint a permanent replacement at a public meeting.

No dates for this process have been set. We will update the public when more information is available.

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

 

South Plateau Snowmobiler Rescue

(West Yellowstone, Mont) On Sunday at 12:47 p.m. the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a call from a group of snowmobilers reporting that a member of their party had been injured in a snowmobile crash after her snowmobile left the trail and struck a tree. The 27-year-old Bozeman woman was reported to be conscious but incoherent after striking the tree with her head as she was ejected from the snowmobile. The crash location was reported to be approximately 6 miles south of West Yellowstone on the South Plateau Trail.

Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, the US Forest Service, and Montana FWP were dispatched to assist with the rescue. Rescuers were able to locate the injured woman and her companions using the coordinates retrieved from the 911 call. The woman was suffering from a head injury along with a possible broken wrist and leg. Rescuers quickly loaded the woman into a rescue sled and transported her back to West Yellowstone to a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. The woman was transported to Big Sky, where she was transferred to an Air Methods helicopter.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Rescue at the M

On Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:51 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue responded to a report of a 77-year-old male who fell and injured his leg while hiking the M Trail. The caller stated that she and her father were descending the M Trail when the man lost his footing on a rocky portion, fell, and injured his right quadricep, becoming immobilized.

Search and Rescue members located the patient and loaded him onto a one-wheel litter. SAR members transported the patient down to the trail head where AMR Paramedics and Bridger Canyon Fire were able to further assess the patient’s needs and transport the patient to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office