Today, Attorney General Tim Fox appointed Lieutenant Colonel Tom Butler as chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. The appointment to chief is accompanied by a promotion to the rank of colonel.
Butler, a native of Clancy, is a graduate of Montana State University and has been with the Highway Patrol since 1992. He rose through the ranks in the field, and from 2005 – 2009 commanded the Patrol’s Bozeman district detachment. In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of major and placed in charge of Patrol operations. Butler has overseen the Patrol’s budget and technology infrastructure upgrades, taken the lead on legislative issues of importance to the law enforcement community, and has worked closely with the Attorney General’s Office to expand the 24/7 Sobriety Program. During his years in the field and at headquarters, Butler has developed strong working relationships with the federal, state, county, and city law enforcement agencies that the Highway Patrol works with on a regular basis.
“Since taking office nine months ago, I’ve seen clearly that Tom Butler is a proven leader and administrator,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “He tackles challenges head-on and gets the job done. He is the right person to take the helm of Montana’s premier law enforcement agency.”
“It has been an honor to work for the Montana Highway Patrol for the past 22 years,” Butler said. “Its best asset is the great employees who do extremely important work daily for the citizens of Montana, and I am privileged and humbled by the opportunity to work with them to move the agency into the future.”