The Gallatin County Commission appointed Dan Springer as the new Sheriff of Gallatin County. Sheriff Springer replaces Brian Gootkin who left at the end of 2020 to head up the Montana prison system under Governor Greg Gianforte. It was a unanimous vote.  

 "I've worked with Dan for a lot of years," said Commissioner Joe Skinner. "I think he has a tremendous amount of potential to lead this office. I have always been really supportive of him doing this and I have no hesitancy of him coming into this office." 

Commissioner Zach Brown commended Sheriff Springer's service to the community, "This is a great opportunity to build a working relationship, to tackle tough topics and conversations together," Brown said. "I really look forward to working with you." 

 Chairman Scott MacFarlane said the process to fill the vacant sheriff position was easy and straightforward due to the unanimous support from sheriff's office staff and the community." 

 In his public interview last week, Sheriff Springer told commissioners that he looks forward to continuing to improve many of the current initiatives and projects of the sheriff’s office - such as the Community Crisis Co-Responder program, school resource deputy program, Crisis Intervention Team Montana program, the Public Safety Academy, and others. 

 He also said that the health and wellness of the 140 employees in the Sheriff's Department will be a priority.  

 Sheriff Springer is serving out the remainder of Gootkin's term, which expires on Dec 31, 2022. He will need to run for re-election in the November 2022 election. 

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