Bullock Swears in Butch Huseby as Deputy Chief of the Montana Highway Patrol
HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock and Colonel Mike Tooley formally introduced Butch Huseby as Deputy Chief of the Montana Highway Patrol at a ceremony in Bullock’s office on Tuesday.
As Deputy Chief, Huseby will assume the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and will be responsible for overseeing the activities of the Highway Patrol’s uniformed forces statewide.
“Lt. Col. Huseby has a great respect for the Patrol’s tradition of professionalism and service to the public,” Bullock said. “Equally important, he has the ability to look ahead and see the advantages of new technology. That balanced leadership will serve the Patrol well.”
Huseby was sworn in as a Highway Patrol Trooper in December of 1993. Prior to joining the Patrol, Huseby was a member of the United States Air Force and the Helena Police Department. Lt. Col. Huseby has been stationed in Sidney, Great Falls, Circle, Havre and most recently Helena.
Huseby succeeds Tooley as the second-in-command of the Montana Highway Patrol. Tooley was sworn in as the 17th Chief of the Patrol in January.
“Butch has been very actively involved with the new in-car computer system our troopers are using,” Col. Tooley said. “I’m confident that his interest in providing Patrol troopers with the most up-to-date tools will help improve our efficiency and allow troopers to spend more time on the road, and less in an office.”
Lieutenant Colonel Huseby, a native of north-central Montana and a Conrad High School graduate, is married with two children. He will be stationed in Helena.
The MHP, Montana’s largest law enforcement agency, has over 200 troopers and 70 civilian employees. It is the largest division of the Montana Department of Justice.