Overview

Kelsie W. Harwood, Blaine County Attorney, is an elected official who serves as both the public prosecutor for the State of Montana and as the legal adviser for all county officials within Blaine County. The Blaine County Attorney’s Office has one Deputy County Attorney.

What You Get

The Blaine County Attorney’s Office serves the public interest by representing Blaine County and the State of Montana in:

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Prosecuting felonies in District Court

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Prosecuting misdemeanors in Justice Court

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Prosecuting traffic offenses in Justice Court

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Prosecuting juvenile crimes in Youth Court

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Obtaining investigative subpoenas for the investigation of probable criminal offenses

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Acting as special prosecutor for other counties

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Handling petitions for involuntary mental commitments

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Representing the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in District Court cases for the protection of child welfare

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Advising the Board of County Commissioners

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Advising County offices and departments

The Blaine County Attorney’s Office does not:

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Provide legal advice to private citizens

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Prosecute misdemeanor offenses that occur within the City of Chinook

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Handle child support collection. Child support matters are handled by private attorneys or by the Child Support Enforcement Office at 406-444-9855 or the State of Montana Child Support Enforcement Division

Office Address

420 Ohio St. Third Floor
Chinook, Montana 59523

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1567
Chinook, MT 59523

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Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

County Attorney

Kelsie W. Harwood

Phone: 406-357-3220
Fax: 406-357-3114
kharwood@blainecounty-mt.gov

Deputy County Attorney

Vacant

Phone: 406-357-3220
Fax: 406-357-3114  

Office Assistant

Rebecca Blankenship

Phone: 406-357-3220
Fax: 406-357-3114
rblankenship@blainecounty-mt.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the number to the Chinook and Harlem City Attorney’s Office?

Mark Harshman is the Chinook City Attorney and Harlem City Attorney. He can be reached at 406-357-4444.

What is the number to the Justice Court?

406-357-2335

What is the number for the Better Business Bureau?

Montana Consumer Protection Office: 406-444-4500

www.mt.gov/doa/consumerprotection

What is the Attorney General’s phone number?

(406) 444-2026
www.doj.state.mt.us/

What is the local phone number for Adult Probation & Parole?

406-265-9718

When a Juvenile is taken in to custody, when will they be seen by the Judge?

They will have a Probable Cause Hearing in District Court or Justice Court either the same day or the following business day.

Who do I contact to get information on a Juvenile case?

Contact Youth Court Services: 357-3269

What should I do if I think someone has committed a crime?

If the crime is in progress, you should immediately call 911 Dispatch and provide the dispatcher with all pertinent information.

If the crime is over, contact the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department at 357-3260

If someone I know has been arrested, when will they be seen by a judge?

Contact Justice Court at 406-357-2335 and ask when prisoners will be seen by the Judge.

Where do I go regarding a lien?

Blaine County Clerk and Recorder’s Office

I have information on a case, where should I take it?

 Take it to the law enforcement agency handling the case. (ie: Blaine County Sheriff, Chinook Police Department)

What do I do if someone gave me a bad check?

Please review the documents below to begin the process of trying to recover the money owed to you.  You can call our office at 357-3220 or stop by to get paperwork.

Memorandum Regarding Bad Check Procedures

Bad Check Prosecution Request Form

Notice of Bad Check and Demand for Payment

What is the phone number and address to the public defender’s office?

406-265-2199

Office location: 415 4th Ave, Havre, Montana 59501

Where can I get legal advice?

Lawyer Referral and Information Service: 406-449-6577

Montana Bar.org – Self Help

Montana Legal Services: 406-442-9830 – (800) 666-6124

www.MontanaLawHelp.org; www.mtlsa.org

Our Office

Blaine County Courthouse
420 Ohio St
Chinook, MT 59523

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8am - 5pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

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Deputy Chris Adair has been with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office since August of 2012. Since then he has become the Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Armorer, Deputy Coroner, and the Senior Operator for Blaine County’s breath alcohol testing equipment. He also is the DUI Task Force Coordinator. He lives in Chinook with his wife and 2 sons. Previous to living here they were residents of Flathead County.

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John Colby started his career in Law Enforcement with the Blaine County Sheriff's Department in 1996 as a Detention Officer/Dispatcher. In 1998 he began working with the Harlem Police Department where he served as a patrolman and later as the Chief of Police. In 2001 Harlem consolidated its law enforcement with the Blaine County Sheriff's Department and John Colby remained as a Deputy Sheriff. In 2002 John accepted a job with the Williston Police Department and served as a patrolman and later as a senior patrolman. In 2007 John left the Williston Police Department and went to work for Dyn-Corp in Konduz Afghanistan training the Afghanistan Nation Police. In March 2010 John was returned to Chinook and accepted a position as a Deputy Sheriff with the Blaine County Sheriff's Department. John was promoted to the Lieutenant of the Blaine County Sheriff's Department in 2012. John is one of the Taser Instructor's, Field Training Officer, K9 Handler, and was recently assigned to the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force. John and his wife Dawn have two children JJ, and Aspyn.

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Robo joined the Blaine County Sheriff's Office in October of 2013. He resides with his handler Sheriff John Colby.

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Deputy Levi Gonzalez joined the Blaine County Sheriff's Department in January 2018. Levi studied Criminal Justice at Utah Valley University and Excelled in courses such as Criminal Justice, Forensics, and Criminal Law. Along with some formal education, he has trained with professional firearms instructors, and in hand-to-hand combat, to help him pursue his career in law enforcement. He moved to Montana with his wife in March of 2013 and owns a small ranch in Blaine County where he runs a small cow/calf operation. He looks forward to serving Blaine County, where he is happy to call home, with his wife, daughter and son, for many years to come.

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