HAMILTON - Former Ravalli County Sheriff Perry Johnson has been named as the department's new undersheriff.
On Friday, the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations sent its case on Fowler to the state Attorney General's Office.Meanwhile, Johnson - who was a sheriff's detective after stepping down as sheriff - was promoted this week because of his experience, training and education and his familiarity with the sheriff's office, the community and local issues, Sheriff Chris Hoffman said."The choice was very obvious," Hoffman said.
Johnson, 52, started his law enforcement career as a sheriff's patrol deputy in 1986.
He joined the Hamilton police department in 1989 as a patrol officer and later served as a detective.
n 1998, he became undersheriff and served one term as sheriff from 1998 to 2002.
didn't seek re-election, saying he
wanted to spend more time with his
endorsed Hoffman in the 2002 election.
ince then, Johnson has served as a sheriff's detective, handling homicides, missing persons, embezzlement and other cases.
most prominent investigation as a detective was a triple homicide in Florence in 2001.
ohnson has completed training at the FBI
and other national and state law enforcement institutes.
biggest challenge is reassuring the sheriff's staff that it is one of the best in the state.
ohnson said he
tried to persuade McConnell not to resign, but that McConnell felt stepping down was in the best interest of his
family."I admire and respect him and I understand his
"We'll miss him terribly.
a real positive, moral and ethical guy.
I've got some big shoes to fill."Hoffman and Johnson
said they intend to focus on moving the sheriff's office forward in addressing law enforcement issues and promoting public safety."Choosing Perry
as undersheriff will allow us to continue to provide the best service to the community," Hoffman said.