DOJ: News Release

Murphy Becomes Third Female MHP Sergeant

HELENA – In a ceremony at the chambers of the Montana Supreme Court, Sherrie Murphy recently became the Montana Highway Patrol’s third female sergeant. Attorney General Mike McGrath and MHP Col. Bert Obert promoted Murphy, of Broadus and Greg Watson, of Whitefish.

Sergeant Murphy joined the Montana Highway Patrol in November of 1991 and was briefly on the Speed Enforcement Squad. She later transferred to Drummond, Hardin, Colstrip and most recently to Broadus. With the promotion, she’ll be stationed in Bozeman.

“Sgt. Murphy has an excellent reputation,” Obert said. “She’s self-sufficient in one-officer assignments and she is willing to take on extra duties to improve her skills.”

Murphy becomes one of four female commanders in the Patrol. There is also one female captain, Janet Baker of Butte.

Watson joined the Montana Highway Patrol in January of 1995 and was initially assigned to Wolf Point. He later transferred to Whitefish where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He will be assigned to Libby.

“Sgt. Watson has been heavily involved in the drug interdiction efforts in northwest Montana,” Obert said. “His leadership skills and drug interdiction expertise will be extremely valuable to officers in the Libby area.”

The Patrol is recruiting new officer candidates and encourages women and minorities to apply, Obert said. The deadline for applications is Oct. 12, and the 14½-week training course begins in March. Applications and information are available at Montana Job Service offices, Patrol Headquarters at 406-444-3259, or on the Department of Justice Website. More detailed information about the application and testing process is available at the DOJ website.

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