DOJ: News Release

Twelve New Troopers Join MHP

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol recently welcomed 12 new troopers in a swearing-in ceremony and banquet.

Here’s a list of new troopers, including hometown and station assignments.

Name Hometown Assignment
Lacie Alby Chewelah, WA Kalispell
Brett Charvat Dixon, IL Bozeman
Philip Freed Colusa, CA Polson
Adam Kloster Lakewood, WA Bozeman
Scott McDermott Arlington, MA Forsyth
Nyle Obergfell Culbertson Sidney
Tim Proctor Walla Walla, WA Polson
Philip Smart Missoula Superior
Mark Tome Billings Hardin
Michael Walrath Hinckley, OH Bozeman
Shane Warehime Potomac Seeley Lake
Derek Werner Poplar Wolf Point

Freed earned awards for “exemplary standards and performance” and for achievement in the physical fitness curriculum. McDermott was honored for outstanding work in the firearms parts of the training and Smart was recognized for academic achievement.

Ten of the new positions are the result of legislation passed by the Montana Legislature in 2005. That legislation – House Bill 35 – allowed the department to make Patrol pay competitive with the salaries offered by local law enforcement agencies. It also exempted the Patrol from vacancy savings provisions, allowing additional officers to be placed on the road.

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