Sheriff /Coroner Vern L. Burdick started his law enforcement career in 1995 in Fort Benton, Montana. Vern's years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Chouteau County Sheriff's Office prepared him for his tenure as Sheriff of Chouteau County. He has worked as a Civil Deputy, Evidence Technician and finally Jail Administrator before being Sheriff Doug William's successor in his last year of office. After an overwhelming successful election bid in 2006, Vern retains his office serving the public he is committed to. He loves the job and especially loves serving the citizens of Chouteau County.


Undersheriff Larry Ophus has been with the Chouteau County Sheriff's Office since 1981. He started as a Reserve Deputy, and continued his public service by becoming a full time Deputy. In 1999 he became a Deputy Coroner.  In Addition to his public service in Law Enforcement, Deputy Ophus has been a member of the Big Sandy Vol. Fire Department since 1975. In 1985 he obtained his certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, and in 1993 he accepted the position of Fire Chief.


Deputy Sheriff/Coroner Keith Dallum is a life long resident of the Chouteau County. Starting in Communications in 1982 he has worked in all parts of the Sheriff's Office, being a resident deputy in Big Sandy and then moving back to Fort Benton. He is the coordinator of the Chouteau County Search and Rescue and the Sheriff's Reserve Deputies. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician for over 20 years and has been a member of the Fort Benton ambulance service since 1978. He is a graduate of the National Search and Rescue School conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force.



Deputy Sheriff/Coroner Justin Smith started his law enforcement career in 1999 when he enlisted in the US Air Force as a Security Policeman.  Upon his honorable discharge from the USAF he decided to call Montana home and pursued a job in civilian law enforcement.
Deputy Smith joined the Chouteau County Sheriff's Office in 2006.   He has taken on the additional tasks as Firearms Instructor, Search and Rescue member, Evidence Custodian, Crime Stoppers Liaison Officer, and Deputy Coroner. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University.  Graduating in 2006 he also is POST certified by the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, class # 129.  Deputy Smith also continues to serve his state and country as member of the Montana Air National Guard.


Deputy Sheriff/Coroner Matt Guderjahn was hired in April of 2009 as a Chouteau County Sheriff's Deputy and loves the job.  He graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in the fall of 2009.  Some of his other training includes being a TASER training instructor, and a D.A.R.E. instructor.  He is an active member of Search and Rescue.  In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, roping, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.



 Deputy Sheriff/Coroner Dennis Hale


  Deputy Sheriff/Coroner Eric Visocan started his law enforcement career in 2007 with the New Haven Police Department in New Haven Missouri. In July of 2015 Eric Visocan was hired as a Chouteau County Deputy and is an active member of Search and Rescue. Deputy Visocan is the owner of Burnt Image Photography LLC. In his spare time he enjoys traveling Montana to capture the beauty our state has to offer.



 Deputy Sheriff/Coroner Jeremy Echols

 Deputy Sheriff Adam Jacques began his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Florida Highway Patrol where he worked for five years. After leaving Florida Highway Patrol he worked for the Clearwater Police Department for ten years. In October 2017, Deputy Jacques becan working for the Chouteau County Sheriffs Office and a Deputy Sheriff. On his off time he enjoys being outdoors hiking, or biking with his family.