McGrath Announces Staff Promotions, Additions
HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Wednesday announced some promotions and additions to the staff of the Department of Justice.
“As my second term begins, I am excited to have some new faces in management positions,” McGrath said. “The Department of Justice is fortunate to have these extremely talented people working for us.”
Robert M. “Skip” Culver will come out of retirement to be the new Administrator of the Central Services Division. Culver has a career of more than 30 years of service in state government. Prior to his retirement, he was a fiscal analyst for the Legislative Fiscal Division and from 1986 to 1990, was a budget analyst for the Department of Institutions. Culver was an assistant administrator in the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for more than 10 years. He is a lifetime resident of Helena and holds a degree in business from the University of Montana. Culver replaces Doug Booker, who retired in November after 31 years of state government service.
Barbara Harris is the new Bureau Chief of the Prosecution Services Bureau. Harris has been an assistant attorney general since 1984, with a two-year break from 1988 to 1990, when she worked for the Missoula County Attorney’s Office. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Montana State University, and she earned her law degree from the University of Montana in 1983. Harris has specialized in Medicaid fraud, elder abuse and Fish, Wildlife and Parks cases, although she now prosecutes criminal cases of all types.
Candace West is the new Bureau Chief of the Civil Bureau. West earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and was a school teacher for nearly 15 years. In 1984, she earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Civil Bureau, West spent 10 years working on the state’s case involving natural resource damage to the Clark Fork Basin.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
Catherine Truman is the new prosecutor in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Truman was the Musselshell/Golden Valley County Attorney from 2001 through 2004. She was a deputy county attorney in Park County from July 1996 to 2001 and she was a deputy county attorney in Gallatin County from late 1994 until July 1996. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wyoming and a law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego.
Attorney General’s Office
Tim Tatarka joined the attorney general’s personal staff as an executive assistant and member of the Department of Justice’s communications unit. Tatarka grew up in Bozeman. In 2000 he graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in political science and philosophy. He has worked as a legislative liaison for the Office of Public Instruction and as a research assistant for Montana Senator Max Baucus. Beginning in 2002, he operated his own consulting business, based in Missoula.
McGrath also indicated that he will not be hiring a State Solicitor to replace Brian Morris. In November, Morris was elected as an Associate Justice in the Montana Supreme Court.