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Gianforte chooses Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin to lead Montana Department of Corrections

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 12:30:02-05

BOZEMAN — Governor Greg Gianforte announced on Monday that he has nominated Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin to lead the Montana Department of Corrections in his new administration.

“I’m proud to nominate Sheriff Gootkin to join our team to change the culture at the Department of Corrections and help the agency better serve the people of Montana. Brian is as committed as I am to reducing recidivism and improving reentry for individuals in our corrections system. I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes at the department,” Governor Gianforte said.

Sheriff Gootkin wrapped up 27 years at the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office last week, according to a news release from the Governor's Office. Before being elected sheriff, Gootkin served as patrol deputy, detective with the Missouri River Drug Task Force, sergeant in Big Sky, jail administrator, and undersheriff.

“After 27 proud years with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, I’m honored to join the Gianforte administration as the Director of the Department of Corrections. The Department of Correction’s core charge is protecting and promoting public safety, and I look forward to bringing new transparency and accountability to that mission,” said Gootkin.

Gootkin's position requires confirmation by the Montana State Senate.

This story has been updated with additional information from the Governor's Office