Overview

County Commissioners are elected to six year terms, on a rotating basis; with one commissioner position elected every two years. The Commissioners are responsible for exercising the County’s Blaine County Seal (2) administrative, executive, and legislative powers as outlined in the Montana State Constitution and state statutes.

What Does the County Commissioner do?

Some of the documents that are recorded and filed for example are:

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Appointment of department heads and members of supervisory boards and committees

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Supervises the administration of County government

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Approves the County budget

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Levies taxes

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Issues bonds

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Administers subdivision review and approval

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Supervises road and bridge construction and maintenance

Additional Responsibilities of the County Commissioner

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The Commissioners set policy for County government, represent the County, maintain County property, invest County funds, and authorize and sign all contracts obligating the County.

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The Commissioners are charged with the duties of managing the business and concerns of the County in the best interest of the residents and performing all acts and duties, as required by law, necessary to fully discharge the duties and responsibilities of County government.

Administrative Assistant

Tracy Thorstad

Phone: 406-357-3250
Fax: 406-357-2199
tthorstad@blainecounty-mt.gov

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 278
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. - 1:00p.m.

 

Commissioner

Dolores Plumage

End of Term: December 31, 2026
406-357-3250
dplumage@blainecounty-mt.gov

Commissioner - Chair

Frank DePriest

End of Term: December 31, 2022
406-357-3250
fdepriest@blainecounty-mt.gov

Commissioner

Miles Hutton

End of Term: December 31, 2024
406-357-3250
mhutton@blainecounty-mt.gov

Resources

County Plat Maps

 

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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