The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency responsible for keeping the peace, upholding the state laws within the county, the operation of the jail, emergency dispatch, search and rescue, and civil process. We are also responsible for supporting the courts with security and prisoner transports. We participate in and provide support for the Beaverhead County Tactical Team and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force. The mission of the Sheriff’s Office is to maintain and improve the quality of life within the community by working with all people to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.

Sign up to receive emergency alerts from the Sheriff’s Office using the form below or texting your ZIPCODE to 888777.


The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office provides fingerprinting services, by appointment, to the public. Fingerprints are taken on Saturdays from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM by appointment ONLY. The cost is $20 for 3 cards. Please call (406) 683-3700 for appointments.

Concealed Weapon Permits

To obtain a concealed weapon permit (CWP) in Beaverhead County you must fill out an application, submit proof of a firearms safety class, and be fingerprinted for the purpose of a background check. The application is available below; please wait to sign the application until you are at the Sheriff’s Office so that your signature can be witnessed.

The cost for a CWP is as follows:

  • New permit – $55.00
  • Renewal – $25.00

Fingerprinting for CWPs is on Thursdays from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM by appointment only. Please call (406) 683-3700 to make an appointment.

Concealed Weapons Permit Application

Detention Center

The Beaverhead County Detention Center is responsible for the care and custody of individuals accused of a crime, convicted individuals awaiting sentencing, sentenced inmates awaiting transport and prisoners sentenced to the County Detention Center. The mission of the Sheriff’s Office is to maintain and improve the quality of life within the community by working with all people to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.

Jail Roster

Jail Visitation Policy

Detention Phone: (406) 683-3700 Ext. 3718

Visitation Hours:
Wednesdays: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Fridays: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

*Visitation can be canceled at any time without any notice


Dillon Area Siren Sounds

Please listen to the three audio files below. Understanding the difference between the two sounds is crucial in an emergency

The “Noon Siren” is our daily test of the siren. It will sound every day at noon from the sirens located at Search and Rescue and the Dillon Fire Hall. This siren will not sound at UMW.

The “Dillon Fire Dispatched” Siren is sounded when the Dillon Volunteer Fire Department is dispatched for either a fire call or a vehicle accident. Please watch out for emergency vehicles during the time immediately following this siren and remember to MOVE OVER.

The “Disaster/Emergency Tone” will sound in the event of a major emergency in the Dillon area. This could include events such as the failure of the Clark Canyon Dam, a major earthquake or a tornado. Please sign up for emergency text message alerts by texting your ZIPCODE to 888777, you will be notified of what is happening and what you need to do via this system.


Job Title: Deputy Sheriff
Location: Beaverhead County Sheriff Office,
Beaverhead County, Montana

Work Unit Overview: The Sheriffs Office performs law enforcement and crime prevention work
including preserving the peace, patrolling assigned areas, serving warrants and making arrests, and
assisting in preliminary investigations. The mission of the Sheriffs Office is to maintain and improve the quality of life within the community by working with all people to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.
Job Summary:
The Deputy Sheriff is responsible for performing law enforcement and crime prevention work including
patrolling of assigned areas, preserving the peace, serving warrants and making arrests, conducting
criminal investigations and providing inmate security at a Sheriffs detention facility. This includes assignments to civil, detention, investigations, and court security; and performing related duties as assigned.
Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities): These duties are the essential functions and are not all-inclusive of all duties that the incumbent performs.
• Patrol assigned areas and assist local peace officers in protecting life and property by enforcing
laws. Observe and assess all situations, activities, and surroundings and take actions to correct,
resolve, and control any potential problems, unusual occurrences, and breaches of peace through
appropriate application of law, approved departmental policy and sound judgment.
• Serve warrants and make arrests, perform investigations of complaints and criminal violations and
gather evidence and interview witnesses according to legal guidelines and departmental policy.
This includes conducting searches, seizing and preventing the circulation of any drugs or
contraband, fingerprinting, checking law enforcement files and databases, receiving and recording
evidence and property, and related police work.
Deputy Sheriff-Job Description
• Respond to calls for services and take control of accident and crime scenes, identify persons
Involved, Interview witnesses, investigate causes, and administer basic first aid when needed to
safeguard the public and preserve peace. Write and file reports, make maps, photos, diagrams and
charts describing incidents, crimes and accidents and testify in court as expert or material witness
in the interest of promoting justice.
• Serve legal papers such as subpoenas, summons, complaints, and writs of attachment, execution,
and restitution to assist in facilitating County and state legal/Justice proceedings. Conduct or assist
in sale of attached property, collect fees due the County, and receive and deposit bail in
accordance with the law and department procedures.
• Serve as bailiff to maintain security and order in the court and remove disorderly persons when
necessary to assist in the swift application of court proceedings. Provide security and safety of Jury
deliberations, jurors, the public, and prisoners and set up projectors and other equipment used in
court to assist in facilitating court proceedings.
• Maintain security and monitor movement of persons detained at a Sheriffs detention facility to
protect the public and other prisoners, supplemental to the existing Detention Center Staff. This
may include escorting detainees and inmates to court appearances, medical checks, exercise,
showers, classrooms, counselor visits, family visits, and other approved appointments at mental
hospitals, medical facilities, or clinics.
• Make appropriate judgments of needed actions for a wide variety of situations, including legal
jurisdiction for interventions, and adapt responses according to established departmental policy,
criminal codes, ongoing training, conditions, and specifics of a situation. Use sound, professional
judgment and rely on training and common sense to request assistance of other law enforcement
officers, public health or safety officials, emergency medicial personnel and/or medical examiners
• Provide responsive, high quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies
and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information in a
courteous, efficient and timely manner.
• Perform the duties of a humane officer within the county with reference to the protection of
• Respond to Search and Rescue Incidents.
• Assist the Sheriff in the performance of other duties that are required by law.
Non-Essentlal Functions:
• Attend workshops, law-enforcement seminars, and educational sessions to keep updated on
policing strategies, changing laws, and crime trends affecting the County to best serve the
community in protecting life and property.
• Coordinate community outreach events and public education programs to foster community
relations and to promote a safe community committed to problem solving and respect for the law.
• Perform other duties as assigned including assisting in special operations, attending meetings and
conferences, providing backup for other staff, participating in training, etc.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The demands and conditions described here are
representative of those the empioyee must meet to perform the essential functions of the job.
Deputy Sheriff-Job Description
• Frequent standing, sitting, bending, stooping, twisting of waist, sIde-to-side turning of neck.
• Fine finger dexterity to operate keyboards, weapons, and writing materials.
• Must give verbal commands in a loud, clear, understandable voice, have excellent vision and
• Ability to physically subdue a person.
• Work outside in varying temperature.
• Work in rough and uneven terrain.
• Exposure to criminals and danger.
Supervision Exercised:
The position does not regularly supervise other County employees, but may train newer employees
and direct the work of volunteer personnel..
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The job requires knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of law enforcement; the laws,
rules, and regulations enforced by the department; the geography and topography within the County
jurisdiction; modern procedures and methods employed in crime detection and investigation; court
procedures in criminal and civil trials; criminal behavior patterns and the social factors underlying
criminal behavior; first aid methods and their applications; and the use and care of firearms.
The job requires skill in active listening, speaking, critical thinking, social perceptiveness, negotiation,
judgment, and decision making while interacting with the community in often tense and volatile
situations. Skill in subduing individuals in a physical confrontation bearing duty equipment; safely
operating light-duty passenger vehicles and vans; and keyboarding are also required.
This job requires the ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and
potential danger, and to determine proper course of action; to cope with stress situations firmly,
tactfully, and with respect to individual rights; problem-solve; to read, understand law ordinances,
rules, and regulations; to observe and remember details; to communicate clearly, verbally, and in
writing with proper grammar, syntax, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling.
Education and Experience:
This job requires education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma or a GED certificate.
The job requires a valid Montana driver’s license, or eligibility to gain one, and a good driving record.
Incumbent must successfully complete the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and meet the other
statutory qualifications in M.C.A. 7-32-2104 & M.C.A. 7-32-303.
Candidates certified for employment must be willing to undergo and successfully complete an in-depth
background investigation, including a psychological evaluation, finger printing, criminal history check,
and a medical examination.

Montana P.O.S,T. certified desired but not required.

Closing Date: 09/14/2018

Contact Directory

Name/Title Position Phone Email
Franklin D. Kluesner, II Sheriff
David B. Chase Undersheriff
Daniel L. Mulkey Sergeant
Kari Towery Administrative Assistant (406) 683-3704
Julie Briggs Coroner (406) 683-2112 Email
Jeremiah Wyrick Deputy
William Knox Deputy
Kyle Malkovich Deputy
Michael Miles Deputy
Patrick Kruse Deputy
Gayle Rawson Reserve Deputy
Leah Sturgeon Reserve Deputy
Michael Clarke Reserve Deputy
Javier Negron Jail Commander
Eric Pedersen Detention Officer
Larry Lumley Detention Officer
Chad Cristensen Detention Officer
Hunter Balmer Detention Officer
Aaron Bowman Detention Officer

Forms and Documents

Helpful Links

Office Hours

M-F, 8-5

Phone Number

Dial 911

(406) 683-3700


(406) 683-3778


2 South Pacific Street, Suite 16
Dillon, MT 59725