DOJ: News Release

Bullock Announces Tim Burton as New Chief of Staff

Current Helena City Manager to start mid-summer at the Department of Justice

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he has hired Helena City Manager Tim Burton to become Deputy Director and Chief of Staff at the Montana Department of Justice.

As Deputy Director, Burton will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and budget of the agency that includes the state’s lawyers and criminal investigators, the Montana Highway Patrol, Gambling Control, Motor Vehicle Division, Forensic Science Division, and the Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services. In all, the Department of Justice has nearly 800 full-time employees.

Burton, a Great Falls native, holds an undergraduate degree from Carroll College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana. Prior to his appointment as City Manager in 2000, Burton served six years as Chief Administrative Officer for Lewis and Clark County.

Burton has also held management positions with the Montana Department of Commerce and the Montana Department of Administration. Burton is expected to start in July and will work out of the Department of Justice headquarters in Helena.

“I’ve known Tim for over 10 years and I’ve seen firsthand his ability to work with folks from all walks of life and juggle the competing demands that come with managing a large agency,” Bullock said. “I’m confident that he’ll serve the Department of Justice well and I look forward to having him join our team.”

Burton will replace Larry Fasbender who will be retiring later this year, after three decades of service to the state. Fasbender has served as Deputy Director of the Department of Justice under Attorneys General Mazurek, McGrath and Bullock.

Fasbender was a member of the Montana Legislature from 1967 to 1980, including two years as majority leader. He also served as an aide to Governor Ted Schwinden and as director of the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

“Larry has long believed in the value of public service and the important role government plays in ensuring a higher quality of life for all Montanans,” Bullock said. “He has worked incredibly hard for our state and everyone who has worked with him knows that his commitment is genuine. Without a doubt, Montana is a better place because of Larry Fasbender.”

Burton will be paid $94,321/year.

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