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Scott Darkenwald, Chief of Staff and Deputy Director

Scott is a native Montanan. He spent nearly 30 years in business and as an entrepreneur, and has extensive executive management experience. Scott served as the Director of the Department of Administration under Governor Martz and most recently worked with Project Mercy, an international non-profit organization that does rural community development work in Africa.

Mike Milburn, Deputy Chief of Staff
Mike is a Montana native and a graduate of Montana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in geology. He served 20 years as a U.S. Air Force and Montana Air National Guard pilot, where he flew numerous military aircraft from transports to fighters on worldwide missions, and served as chief of staff of the Montana Air National Guard. Upon retirement from the military he flew Mercy Flight’s fixed wing air ambulance for Benefis Hospital in Great Falls for 10 years. In 2004, Mike was elected to the Montana House of Representatives and served as speaker from 2011-2012. He has served on numerous boards, including the Cascade School Board, legislative liaison to the Montana State Fund, a governance position on McLaughlin Research Center’s Board, and the Great Falls Development Authority Board.

Ed Eck, Deputy Attorney General and Office of Consumer Protection Chief
Ed is a former dean of the University of Montana School of Law, where he was a professor for 32 years. He taught courses concerning wills and trusts, including charitable trusts, and taxation, including the taxation of charitable gifts. Ed is also a Uniform Law Commissioner and was on the drafting committee of the Uniform Trust Code, which was adopted by the Montana Legislature. Ed chaired a 31-person committee of Montana trust officers and lawyers who proposed the Uniform Trust Code to the Legislature. Ed also served in the part-time position of Trust Director of the Montana Mental Health Care Trust, and as an interim trustee for the Montana Healthcare Foundation. Ed’s prior public service also includes a term on the IRS Oversight Board. President George Bush nominated Ed, and, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 2008, Ed served until the completion of his five-year term in 2013.

Alan Joscelyn, Chief Deputy Attorney General
Alan is a fourth-generation Montanan. He grew up in Choteau, Helena and Missoula, graduated from Hellgate High School in 1968, and then spent seven straight years at the University of Montana earning degrees in radio-television and in law. He served as counsel to the former Montana Department of State Lands for two years, then hung out a shingle. After five years of solo practice, he joined the Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman law firm in Helena where he was a partner for more than 30 years, emphasizing natural resources and environmental law.

Jon Bennion, Deputy Attorney General
Jon is a native of Billings, MT. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 2000 and a law degree in 2005 from the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2004, he authored Big Sky Politics, a book about the history of campaigns and elections in modern Montana. After law school, he clerked for a state district court judge in Billings. In 2006, Jon joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce staff as Government Relations Director, where he has also served as a staff attorney. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.

Dale Schowengerdt, Solicitor General
Before becoming Montana’s Solicitor General, Dale worked as senior legal counsel for a public interest non-profit law firm that focuses on constitutional law. In his eleven years with the firm, he litigated several precedent-setting cases involving a broad range of constitutional and election law issues at the trial and appellate levels. Dale also trained attorneys on issues concerning litigation strategy, briefing, and federal civil procedure.

John Barnes, Director of Communications
Prior to joining Attorney General Fox’s staff at the Department of Justice, John worked in public affairs in Washington state. He is a published historian of the American West, holds a master’s degree from Utah State University and is a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Anastasia Burton, Deputy Communications Director
Anastasia was raised in northcentral Montana and is a graduate of the University of Great Falls, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast communications. Anastasia was formerly Director of Community Relations and Marketing at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena. She previously worked for the State from 1994 – 2006, including serving as Public Information Officer for the Department of Public Health and Human Services, and as press secretary to Governor Marc Racicot. Anastasia serves on the board of the Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Julie James, Executive Assistant
Julie is a graduate of Park High School in Livingston and is a certified paralegal. She has extensive background in the legal field. She has worked for the Powell County Attorney’s Office, a public defender in Arizona, and in the Legal Services Division of the Montana Department of Justice. Julie has worked at the law firm of Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman for the past six years. She has also regularly volunteered as an elections judge.

Division Administrators:

Rick Ask, Gambling Control Division
Rick has been with the Gambling Control Division at the Department of Justice since its inception in 1989, serving under Attorneys General Marc Racicot, Joe Mazurek, Mike McGrath, and Steve Bullock, who appointed Rick administrator in 2008. Prior to that he served as the division’s operations chief. Before joining the Gambling Control Division, Rick held a variety of positions with the Montana Department of Revenue over the course of nine years.

Jon Bennion, Administrator
Jon is a native of Billings, MT. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 2000 and a law degree in 2005 from the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2004, he authored Big Sky Politics, a book about the history of campaigns and elections in modern Montana. After law school, he clerked for a state district court judge in Billings. In 2006, Jon joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce staff as Government Relations Director, where he has also served as a staff attorney. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.

Colonel Tom Butler, Montana Highway Patrol
Colonel Tom Butler is chief of the Montana Highway Patrol.  A native of Clancy, Colonel Butler 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.  Colonel 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.

Joe Chapman, Chief Information Officer / Information Technology
Joe has been administrator of the Information Technology Services Division at the Department of Justice since 2010. A native of Marquette, Michigan, he is a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force, where he spent 20 years leading large information technology organizations and projects. Joe is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and has a master’s in business administration from the University of Dayton Ohio with a concentration in management information systems.

Sarah Garcia, Motor Vehicle Division
Sarah is a Helena native and spent more than 20 years serving as a career active duty officer in the U.S. Army. After retiring at rank of major, she returned to Montana and began her career in state public service. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University.

Christi Jacobsen, Central Services Division
Christi, a Helena native, has twelve years of state fiscal management experience. Prior to joining the Department of Justice she was the administrator of Central Services at the Office of the State Auditor, a budget analyst in the Department of Justice, a financial manager for the Secretary of State, and an executive budget analyst under Governors Martz and Schweitzer.  Christi received her bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana.

Dr. Philip Kinsey, Forensic Sciences Division
Dr. Kinsey has 15 years of experience in forensic DNA analysis. From 2005 – 2012 he managed the DNA section of the Montana State Crime Laboratory. Prior to that he served at the Oregon State Policy Crime Laboratory and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oregon. Phil received his bachelor and doctorate degrees in biology from the University of California, Irvine. He is active on several national forensic science committees and review boards.

Bryan Lockerby, Division of Criminal Investigation
Bryan is a thirty-year veteran of the Great Falls Police Department, where he retired at the rank of captain. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 200th Session, where his peers elected him class valedictorian. He has attended the FBI Intermountain Command College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Regents University, as well as a criminal justice degree from the University of Great Falls. During his tenure with the Great Falls Police Department, he has worked in an undercover capacity with a federal drug task force, commanded the High Risk Unit, supervised the Training & Crime Preventions Unit, commanded patrol operations and currently commands the investigations bureau. Bryan has also served as state president of the Montana Police Protective Association.

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Attorney General's Office & Legal Services Division

The Attorney General’s Office, headed by Attorney General Tim Fox, and the Legal Services Division function as the lawyers for the State of Montana. The attorneys in the Office have expertise in a wide range of legal topics and handle a broad range of legal cases involving the State of Montana and its people.

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Children’s Justice Bureau

The Children’s Justice Bureau is an agency-wide initiative at the Montana Department of Justice dedicated to IMPROVING how we respond to child victims, DEVELOPING state-of-the-art approaches by keeping up with the newest research and, most importantly, HELPING child victims recover and move on with their lives.

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Division of Criminal Investigation

The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Montana Department of Justice is involved in many aspects of Montana law enforcement and is integral to the Department dciof Justice’s mission of promoting public safety.

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Forensic Science Division & State Crime Lab

The mission of the Montana Forensic Science Division is to use operationally efficient and financially responsible practices as the laboratory provides accurate, objective, and timely forensic analyses to the criminal justice community in order to maximize value to the citizens of Montana.

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Missing Persons Clearinghouse

The Missing Children Act of 1985 established a Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse within the Department of Justice. In March 2008, the department implemented a searchable online database that, for the first time, is updated in real time and includes any photos provided by law enforcement.

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Office of Victim Services

The goal of the Office of Victim Services is to provide tools and information to help crime victims recover from their experience and provide them with a range of services available. The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating for victims. To assist them as they go through the justice system, the Office of Victim Service is available to answer any questions they may have.

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Central Services Division

The Montana Department of Justice’s Central Services Division provides financial and human resources support for the department. We make sure that everything works for the people Working for Justice. If you’re interested in a rewarding career helping protect the rights and safety of all Montanans, we invite you to join our team of over 800 dedicated employees working across the state.

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Justice Information Technology Services Division

Our Justice Information Technology Services Division (JITSD) provides vital Information Technology (IT) infrastructure upon which Montanans and lojitsdcal and state law enforcement agencies rely for timely, accurate information. JITSD manages the IT systems, services, and interfaces to support nearly 800 DOJ employees, 325 statewide county motor vehicle system users, and over 3,000 Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) users across the state.

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Montana Highway Patrol

Montana is rich in natural beauty and history. From Glacier Park in the west to Makoshika Park in the east, the men and women of the Montana Highway Patrol are working hard to make your travels safe and enjoyable. The Highway Patrol’s core values are “Service, Integrity and Respect.” These values are reflected in our commitment to public safety through diligent and fair enforcement of our traffic codes.

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Montana Law Enforcement Academy

The Montana Law Enforcement Academy is the premier law enforcement and public safety educational and training institution for state, county, city and tribal officers throughout the state. The Academy offers entry-level programs referred to as Basic Programs and advanced training through an array of Professional Development Programs.

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Public Safety Officer Standards & Training

The Council was formed in 2007 under 2-15-2029, MCA as an independent Quasi-judicial board. And as allowed by statute the Council adopted Administrative Rules in order to implement the provisions of Title 44, chapter 4, part 4, MCA. Per 44-4-403, MCA the Council is required to set employment and training standards for all Public Safety Officers as defined in 44-4-401, MCA and in addition the Council shall provide for the certification or recertification of public safety officers and for the suspension or revocation of certification of public safety officers.

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Gambling Control Division

Through the Gambling Control Division, the Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana, except for the Montana Lottery and horse racing. The legislature has charged the division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments.

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Motor Vehicle Division

The mission of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is to identify and promote efficient, cost-effective programs that benefit the interests, safety, and well-being of Montana citizens through licensing, registering, and regulating the motoring activities of the public. The MVD continuously strives for excellence in customer service. Streamlining the way we do business has allowed us to improve our efficiency and make our services more convenient for our customers.

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Natural Resource Damage Program

The Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) was created in 1990 to prepare the state’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) for injuries to the natural resources in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB). Decades of mining and mineral processing operations in and around Butte and Anaconda released substantial quantities of hazardous substances into the Upper Clark Fork River Basin between Butte and Milltown. These hazardous substances extensively degraded the area’s natural resources.

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Office of Consumer Protection

Enforce consumer laws designed to protect the consumer from unfair or deceptive business practices. Enforce statutes relating to telephone solicitation and telemarketing. Provide information to consumers about their basic rights under consumer laws. Assist consumers by distributing consumer education materials including scam and consumer alerts. Investigate false, misleading, or deceptive trade practices.

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Human Trafficking

The Montana Department of Justice has a continued commitment to victims of human trafficking. In partnership with federal authorities, our agency plays a key role in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of crimes related to human trafficking in Montana. This form of modern day slavery does happen here in Big Sky Country.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program

Montana’s deadliest drugs aren’t made in secret labs and they don’t always come from dealers on the corner. They’re in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans — making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined. Our kids report the third-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the country and more than half of them say prescription drugs are easier to get than street drugs.

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Safe in Your Space

When it comes to embracing new technology, kids have rapidly outpaced their parents and teachers. By their early school years, many children are already more comfortable on the Internet than their parents. But just because children are smart enough to know how to navigate the Internet, doesn’t mean they have the experience to make good decisions about some of the possibilities they may face online.

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Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a valuable resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders.

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Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program

Drinking and driving has been a chronic – and deadly — problem on Montana’s roadways for decades. In 2008, Montana was ranked as the deadliest state in the nation when it came to per capita DUI-related traffic fatalities.

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Work for Justice

Everyday at The Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. We’re passionate about what we do because it’s more than a job or a career. It’s about who we are as people. If this sounds like you, your unique experiences, knowledge, and values may be just what the Montana Department of Justice is looking for and needs. In return we can offer a culture that promotes fairness and growth opportunities.

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