KALISPELL - A longtime accomplished deputy has announced his candidacy for Flathead County sheriff.
Flathead County Sheriff's Office Patrol Commander Brian Heino recently announced his candidacy for sheriff. He has served 15-years as a member of the Sheriff's Office in posts ranging from patrol deputy to patrol commander.
He was born and raised in the Flathead Valley and graduated from Flathead High School where he met his wife. Together they have three children.
Heino began his career with the US Forest Service as a ranger in the Jewel Basin and then became a police officer in Sheridan, Wyoming. Heino has tackled assignments in narcotics, swat, search and rescue and has also served on Two Bear Air Rescue while with the Sheriff's Office.
He told MTN News that if elected sheriff, Heino would like to increase staffing and include the use of technology to make the agency more efficient in their responses, address the future of the detention facility, mental health and drug addiction and become ready for threats the agency has never seen.
"We have a future growth issue that we need to deal with. We're going from a smaller community to a midsize community," Heino said. "Second of all, we need more involvement with the community and I have a lot of ideas on that. Technology is another one and I have a lot of ideas to bring in as your sheriff to make our agency more efficient and be better at law enforcement."
Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told MTN news that he hasn't decided yet about seeking another term.