County Departments

Listed alphabetically by department. Not all departments offer web sites.

Auditor Scott Turner, County Auditor
Located at:
316 North 26th Street, Room 3301
Billings MT 59101
(3rd Floor of the Stillwater Building)
Contact info:
(406) 256-2721
sturner@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

Investigates and examines claims presented to the County for payment in compliance with County policy and applicable statutes and regulations.

 

Board of County Commissioners John Ostlund, Robyn Driscoll, Denis Pitman
Located at:
316 North 26th Street
(Stillwater Building)
Billings MT 59101
3rd floor

Contact info:
(406) 256-2701
jostlund@co.yellowstone.mt.gov - John Ostlund
rdriscoll@co.yellowstone.mt.gov - Robyn Driscoll
dpitman@co.yellowstone.mt.gov - Denis Pitman

Functions: Administrates County Government


Mail Room Lauri Kimmerle, Supervisor
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
3rd floor
Contact info:
(406) 256-2781
lkimmerle@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Maintains/runs county supply room
- Responsible for microfilm documents
- Handles all mail/shipping for the county


City/County Planning Wyeth Friday, Planning Division Manager
Located at:
2825 3rd Avenue N. (Miller Building)
4th Floor
Billings, Mt. 59101
Contact info:
(406) 657-8246 - phone
(406) 657-8327 - fax
Contact the Department

Functions:

- Subdivision and Zoning Regulation Oversight
- Subdivision Application Processing
- Zoning Application Processing
- Long Range Land Use Planning
- Transportation Planning


Clerk and Recorder Jeff Martin, Clerk and Recorder
Located at:
316 North 26th Street, Room 3501
Billings MT 59101
(3rd Floor of the Stillwater Building)
Contact info:
(406) 256-2785
(406) 256-2736(fax)
jmartin@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- provides the primary administrative function for recording and maintaining the majority of all the legal documents relating to real estate records, land descriptions, county birth and death records and the records of the Board of County Commissioners.


Clerk of District Court Terry Halpin, Clerk of District Court
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
7th floor
Contact info:
(406) 256-2861
thalpin@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- provides the primary administrative function for the District Court of the 13th Judicial District Court
- issues marriage licenses
- handles several case types
- schedules Law & Motion

District Court Judges (email contacts):

Judge Jessica Fehr
Judge Rod Souza
Judge Donald Harris
Judge Gregory R. Todd
Judge Michael G. Moses
Judge Mary Jane Knisely

Clerk of District Court:

Terry Halpin, (406) 256-2861



County Attorney's Office Scott Twito, County Attorney
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
7th floor
Contact info:
(406) 256-2870
CountyAttorney@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- represents the county in civil actions and prosecutes criminal charges
- cannot give legal advice to the public, take sides in a private issue, offer opinions as to the outcome of a case, or recommend specific private attorneys to callers


Court Services Tara Moore, Director
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
3rd floor
Contact info:
(406) 256-2838
tmoore@mt.gov

Functions:

- child custody cases
- Youth Intake and Assessment Center
- Criminal cases for juveniles under 18 yrs old
- No traffic cases


Elections Bret Rutherford, Director
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
1st floor (101)
Contact info:
(406) 256-2740
brutherford@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- administers the maintenance of the voter registration files, candidate filings and all aspects of the election process.


Emergency and General Services Brad Shoemaker, Director
Located at:
316 North 26th Street
(Stillwater Building)
Billings MT 59101
3rd floor
Contact info:
(406) 256-2775
bshoemaker@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Emergency Plans - DES is responsible for writing and updating the following emergency plans per federal and state laws (FEMA and Title 10, Montana Codes)
- Communications - DES coordinates the total emergency communications of emergency responders day to day and in a disaster
- Alerting & Warning - DES maintains a county-wide system of alerting sirens (24) to alert the public of an emergency
- Emergency Operations Center - this is a joint City/County facility located in the basement of the HQ Fire Station where key officials gather to conduct emergency operations
- Exercises - DES conducts and coordinates exercises with all emergency responders (fire, police, EMS, airport, hospitals, etc.) simulating emergencies that could happen in Yellowstone County
- Emergency Declarations and Levies - DES is responsible for preparing disaster resolutions, serves as the County's authorized agent for FEMA declared disasters (floods - 1978 and 1997), and manages the emergency levy
- Rural Fire Protection Program - the DES Director serves as the County Fire Chief, Fire Warden, and Administrator of the rural fire protection program
- Preparation Tips are available on the web site and in the office


Facilities Greg Erpenbach, Superintendant
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
8th floor
Contact info:
(406) 256-2716
gerpenbach@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Oversees all building/facilities maintenance


Finance Kevan Bryan, Director
Located at:
316 North 26th Street, Room 3401
Billings MT 59101
(3rd Floor of the Stillwater Building)
Contact info:
(406) 256-2718
kbryan@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Administrates mill levies, grants, and all county finances


GIS Janelle Luppen, GIS Manager
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
3rd floor
Contact info:
(406) 869-3553
jluppen@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Mapping, addressing


Human Resources Dwight Vigness, Director
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
2nd floor
Contact info:
(406) 256-2705
dvigness@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Employment, payroll, benefits, conflict mediation, policies and procedures


Information Technology Jeff Slavick, Director
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
3rd floor
Contact info:
(406) 254-7918
jslavick@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Computer systems administration
- Network admin
- Backups
- Customized software development
- Hardware & software installation and maintenance
- Email and internet access
- County web site administration


Junk Vehicle & Code Enforcement Mike Schieno, Supervisor
Located at:
1200 Shiloh Road
Billings, MT 59101
Contact info:
(406) 652-2050
(406) 652-0565 (fax)
mschieno@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Removal and disposal of junk and abandoned vehicles from county roads and private property

- Responds to code enforcement complaints


Justice Court Nadine Boyd, Clerk of Justice Court,
Supervisor
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
6th floor - Room 603
Contact info:
(406) 256-2895

Justice Court Judges (email contacts):

David A. Carter
Jeanne M. Walker

Functions:

- Small Claims Court actions under $7,000
- Civil actions under $12,000
- Landlord Tenant Actions
- Domestic Protective Orders
- Highway Patrol Citations
- Sheriff's Department Citations
- County Attorney Complaints
- Misdemeanors
- Felony - Initial Appearances
- Fish and Game Citations
- MCS Department of Transportation Citations
- Montana Department of Livestock Citations
- Montana Public Service Citations

DO NOT HANDLE:

- Municipal Court Actions
- Billings Police Department Citations
- Laurel Police Department Citations
- City Code Violations

 


MetraPark Bill Dutcher, Manager
Located at:
308 6th Ave. N.
Billings, MT 59103
Contact info:
(406) 256-2400
info@metrapark.com

Functions:

- Concerts, entertainment, trade shows, county fair


Motor Vehicle Piper Federico, Supervisor
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
1st floor - Rm 109
Contact info:
(406) 256-2833
pfederico@mt.gov

Functions:

- Administrates motor vehicle titles and licensing


MSU Extension Roni Baker
Located at:
301 N. 27th St, Ste 340
Billings MT 59101
Contact info:
(406) 256-2828
rbaker@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Agriculture
- Horticulture
- 4-H
- Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program



Public Works Tim Miller, Director
Located at:
Stillwater Building - 3rd floor
316 North 26th Street
Billings MT 59101
Contact info:
(406) 256-2735
(406) 254-7946
pubworks@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Road and bridge construction and maintenance
- Plat reviews
- Road and Access (driveway) permitting
- Right-of-way permitting
- Administration of Junk Vehicle, transportation infrastructure, and weed control programs within the county


Purchasing James Matteson, Purchasing Agent
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
4th floor
Contact info:
(406) 256-2717
jmatteson@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Approves all purchases for county departments
- Handles bids for county jobs


Road and Bridge Clay Moore, Assistant Director
Located at:
3321 King Avenue East (County Shop)
Billings MT 59101
Contact info:
(406) 256-6824
(406) 254-7951 (fax)
cmoore@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Construction and maintenance of all county roads/bridges


Sheriff Mike Linder, County Sheriff
Located at:
2323 2nd Ave. N.
Billings MT 59101
Contact info:
(406) 256-2929
ycso@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- maintain a law enforcement presence in Yellowstone County
- issue weapons permits
- maintain the sex and violent offender registry
- animal control within the county
- Coroner services
- Detective services
- Administrates the County Detention Center


Superintendent of Schools Sherry Long
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
2nd floor, Rm 203
Contact info:
(406) 256-6933
slong@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- provide general supervision of public and non-public schools in the county.
- Assist trustees with school supervision.
- Provide for supervision to any school with an enrollment of fewer than 150 students and not under the supervision of a district superintendent or principal.
- Hear and decide all matters of controversy arising as a result of decisions of the trustees of a district of the county
- Serves as Chief County School Financial Officer and calculates budgets and levies for several funds
- Responsible for records and registrations for all school districts within the county.


Treasurer Sherry Long
Located at:
217 N. 27th Street (County Courthouse)
Billings MT 59101
1st floor, Rm 108
Contact info:
(406) 256-2802
slong@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Bills and collects real, mobile home and personal property taxes
- Mobile home moving permits
- Tax Liens and assignments


Weed Control Joe Lockwood, Coordinator
Located at:
3319 King Avenue East
Billings MT 59101
Contact info:
(406) 256-2708
glockwood@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

- Weed control and removal for the county


Western Heritage Center Julie Dial, Executive Director

Located at:
2822 Montana Ave
Billings, MT 59101
Contact info:
(406) 256-6809
jdial@ywhc.org

Functions:

 


Youth Services Center Val Weber, Director
Located at:
410 South 26th Street
Billings, MT 59101
Contact info:
(406) 256-6825
vweber@co.yellowstone.mt.gov

Functions:

 


The Yellowstone County Museum Chas. Weldon, Director
Located at:
1950 Terminal Circle
Billings, MT 59105
(Just south of Logan International Airport)
Contact info:
(406) 256-6811
ycm@tctwest.net

Functions:

Museum's Focus: Prehistory of the Plains/Montana through to the 1950's. Exhibits/Archives include materials specific to 10 Northern Plains Indian Tribes, western expansion, mining, cattle/sheep herding industries, transportation industries, military (1870-1950's), various medical fields, music, textiles, household goods and personal goods.