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Missoula County Undersheriff Jason Johnson is moving on to a new endeavor. (MTN News photo) Missoula County Undersheriff Jason Johnson is moving on to a new endeavor. (MTN News photo)
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Missoula County's former undersheriff says the decision to retire and take on the adventure of owning his own business was hard but says when opportunity knocked, he had to answer. 

Jason Johnson began his law enforcement career in 1997 as a reserve deputy for Missoula County and is leaving after 20 years of service. 

He now owns the Montana Electronics Company in Missoula which sells, installs and services Motorola products, including radios for emergency vehicles, businesses, and the public.

Dale and Angie Hickman owned the business for 26 years and were looking to sell the business and retire, opening up the opportunity for Johnson.

"[It was a] hard discussion to have, and a big decision obviously for me to make. But it became a wonderful opportunity for me so I'm very grateful to Dale and Angie Hickman to pass along a company to me that's been successful and been around in this community for a very long time," Johnson said.

Johnson was also a big part of the Montana Special Olympics during his time with the Sheriff's Office and will continue those duties in the same capacity. 


(Feb. 14, 2017 report)

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office announced that Undersheriff Jason Johnson is retiring to pursue another career. 

Johnson will own the Montana Electronics Company after 20 years of law enforcement experience. 

Johnson said in a release that the decision to take on this new adventure was extremely hard, but when the opportunity knocked he had to answer. 

Sheriff T.J. McDermott will be appointing a new Undersheriff after meeting with his administration and talking to interested candidates. He expects a decision to be made by the end of the week. 

McDermott says he's sad to see Johnson go, but is excited to see where his new work takes him. 

Johnson was also a major service contributor to the Montana Special Olympics during his time at the Sheriff's Office.

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