The Missoula County Attorney is an elected position for a four-year term. The Missoula County Attorney’s Office serves as legal advisor to the Board of County Commissioners, all elected officials of Missoula County, the Health Department, Community and Planning Services and all other county departments.
The Missoula County Attorney's Office handles all general civil litigation matters for Missoula County including land use, employment issues, property tax, election issues and contracts. Additionally, the office enforces zoning and building code violations.
The Missoula County Attorney is a Public Prosecutor and oversees prosecution for all felonies in Missoula County and a portion of the misdemeanor crimes. The Missoula County Attorney's Office works with all law enforcement agencies in Missoula County including Missoula City Police, Missoula County Sheriff's Office, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Department of Justice, Motor Vehicle Division, Montana Highway Patrol, as well as other State investigative agencies in the prosecution of crimes against the State of Montana. The Missoula County Attorney, oversees 21 attorneys who are responsible for criminal prosecutions, youth court proceedings, special victims unit cases, child protection cases, involuntary commitments, guardianships, junk vehicles, community decay and others.
By law, the County Attorney's Office is prohibited from giving legal advice to the general public.
Our mission as the Missoula County Attorney's Office is to be responsive and accountable to our residents by providing innovative and high quality government services in a transparent, cost effective, equitable, professional and courteous manner to enhance and protect the health, welfare, and safety of those who live, work and visit Missoula County.
Missoula County is committed to providing community leadership and setting the standard by which other local government organizations measure their progress and success.
Integrity - To have each employee demonstrate excellence in public service and embrace the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Innovation - To meet and exceed our citizens’ expectations by engaging people and communities in developing innovative solutions to challenges.
Teamwork - To be a diverse, learning organization that partners with others to enhance the quality of life in Missoula County.
Accountability - To provide desired local government services in the most transparent, efficient, and effective manner of any American community.
Communication - To encourage and value citizen communication, input, and involvement in governing so that residents are proud to live and work in Missoula County.
The Missoula County Attorney's Office is staffed with incredible people, devoted to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of those who live, work and visit Missoula County. Here are some of the latest efforts;
Kids RoomOur office is kid friendly! Inspired by Jordan Kilby and created by our crafty and talented, Crystal Franchuck, a beautiful children's room is available to families. A glass wall between rooms enables parents to stay in view of their children and the children away from the adult content of the interviews and meetings.
Missoula County Employee of the Year
Approximately eight hundred Missoula County employees have the opportunity to fill out nomination forms. A panel then looks over the nominations and chooses the employee of the year.
Victim Witness Coordinator, Cathy Dorle, of our office was selected as Missoula County Employee of the year and Civil Deputy County Attorney, Matt Jennings, was selected as runner up!!
State v. Billy Lee Henderson
Deputy County Attorneys Ryan Mickelson and Brittany Williams presented a Jury a shocking case of domestic violence. Billy Lee Henderson III was found guilty on nineteen of the twenty-eight charges filed by the State. Henderson forcibly raped, strangled, beat and threatened the life of his then five-month pregnant girlfriend. Henderson was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Intercourse Without Consent, Strangulation of a Partner or Family Member, Assault with a Weapon, Intimidation, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Restraint, Violation of an Order of Protection, four counts of Partner or Family Member Assault, and eight counts of Tampering with Witnesses. A sentencing date is to be determined.