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Former Dawson County Sheriff goes to the U.S. Senate for confirmation as Montana’s next marshal
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Former Dawson County Sheriff Craig Anderson was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday on a bipartisan vote to become the next U.S. Marshal for Montana.
Anderson had been nominated by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.
“Keeping Montanans safe is my top priority in the United States Senate, and we’ll all be safer when Dawson County’s own Craig Anderson is Montana’s next U.S. Marshal,” Tester said in a written statement. “Craig’s dedication to public safety and his years of experience on the ground in Eastern Montana make him the ideal candidate to oversee operations of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Treasure State – which plays a critical role in getting criminals off our streets—and I look forward to his bipartisan confirmation by the U.S. Senate.”
Anderson served as Dawson County Sheriff from 2003-2014, and he served as the Chief Probation Officer for Montana’s Seventh Judicial District from 1979-2003.
He has been involved in multiple criminal justice initiatives in the state, including serving as a member of the Montana Board of Crime Control (1982-2003), a member of the Youth Justice Council (1980-2002), Chairman of the State Juvenile Detention Task Force (1994-2003), President of the Montana Probation Officers’ Association (1986), and President of the Montana Correctional Association (1984).
Anderson is also an active member of his community, including previously serving as Chairman of the Dawson County Boys and Girls Club, Chairman of the Glendive Medical Center Board of Directors, President of the Glendive Lions Club, and was a founding member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Miles City/Glendive.
The U.S. Marshal for the District of Montana oversees operations of the U.S. Marshals Service in the state, including protecting courts, transporting prisoners, pursuing fugitives and serving federal arrest warrants.
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