Deputy Allmendinger Funeral Update

(Gallatin County, Mont) Planning for Deputy Jake Allmendinger’s funeral has started and will continue through the week. Today the focus was on his family and making sure they get the support they need. As difficult as this is for the GCSO family, it pales in comparison to what his family is going through. We are doing everything we can to provide the family with the help, resources, and answers they need. The goal this week is to carry out their wishes as we all say goodbye to Jake.

We want to thank everyone for their support and condolences today. It means a lot to know that our community has our back.

Information on how people can contribute and the funeral date will be provided when the decisions are made.


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.

Drug Take Back Day Oct 26

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs by family members and visitors, including children and teens. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

To address this problem, DEA and partner organizations have set up Drug Take Back Days when the public can bring unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal, no questions asked and at no cost to them. Last April, 4113 pounds of drugs were collected in Montana; a total of 40,524 pounds have been collected over the course of seventeen Drug Take Back Days. All drugs gathered are incinerated by the DEA.

You can get rid of any expired or unused drugs at the Drug Take Back Day, October 26, including pills, capsules, and patches. Bring them to the Gallatin Valley Mall between 10am and noon. This is an opportunity to safely and anonymously empty out your medicine cabinet of drugs that have expired or that you don’t need any more, including over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs that contain controlled substances.

Collection bins for disposing of expired or unused drugs at other times can be found in the Law and Justice Center lobby, police departments, and the Highland Park Pharmacy.

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

Social Security Scam Circulating Again

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls of a scam involving Social Security Numbers. The scam call is generally a voice recording stating that the person’s Social Security Number has been suspended or compromised in some fashion.  The recording then states for the caller to press #1 to speak to an authorized Social Security Representative. Once they have you on the line they try to manipulate you into giving them your social security information and personal information.

The Sheriff’s Office advises the community not to respond to the call or any requests the caller may make.

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