The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Administration is staffed by Sheriff-Coroner Leo Dutton, Undersheriff Brent Colbert, Patrol Captain Kevin Wright, Detention Captain Alan Hughes, Training Sergeant Shane Hildenstab, Accounting Tech Jolene Peavey, Finance Coordinator Tammy Potter, and Administrative Assistant Allen Ireland, all of whom are responsible for a wide variety of duties and for overseeing the general day-to-day operations.
In addition, the sheriff’s administration is responsible for processing catering permits and all concealed weapons applications for Lewis & Clark County. This includes background checks and actual issuance of the permits. Currently in L&C County there are approximately 4,000 issued Concealed Weapons permits.
The Sheriff’s Office utilizes the Public Safety Mill Levy and presently administers a budget in excess of 10 million dollars. Budgeted costs are focused in the areas of communications, inmate medical services, vehicle fleet management and internal staffing, with the first and foremost priority of ensuring that the basic law enforcement services are adequately maintained to meet the statutory duties of the sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office currently is staffed by 79 employees, consisting of 43 sworn and 36 civilian non-sworn personnel filling the positions of detention and support staff. The Sheriff’s Office presently manages and was awarded the following grants: VAWA grant, COPS grant, EUDL (Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws), Vest grant (bullet-proof vests for deputies), DES grant for the Bomb Squad, DES grant for the Montana Law Enforcement Administrator’s Guide for tactical incidents and situations, DUI Fund grant, and the Byrnes Grant, which reimburses partial salaries for the Missouri River Drug Task Force