Sheriff candidates share views

  Two candidates - Rowdi McMillan and incumbent Bill Klunder - are seeking the Prairie County sheriff seat. Both were asked two questions. Their responses are provided here.

Question 1. Please introduce yourself, including your age, family, education and professional information.
Bill Klunder
I am 42 years old. I was born in Vermillion, S.D. and attended high school in Elk Point, S.D. After high school I entered the U.S. Army and spent three years in active duty and five years in the National Guard and Reserve. I have been married to my wife Lilly for 23 years. We have three sons: CJ of Portland, Ore., Grant and his wife Marry of Terry and Ethan of Terry.
We moved to Prairie County in the winter of 1996. I worked for BB&H ranch at the farm and feedlot west of Terry. Lily worked as a registered nurse at the Prairie Community Hospital until she became disabled in 1999. In October of 1999 I began working in the Prairie County sheriff’s office as a dispatcher. In December of that same year, I began work as a deputy sheriff. I later became undersheriff and in January 2002 I became sheriff and county fire warden. 
While employed at the sheriff’s office I have received over 1000 hours of law enforcement training as well as emergency medical training and wildland fire training. I graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and have received a basic law enforcement certificate, an intermediate law enforcement certificate and am awaiting the award of the advanced law enforcement certificate. 
I have received training in basic law enforcement, weapons training, taser training, hasmat training, crash investigation training, arson investigation training, death and homicide training, domestic violence instructor training, interview and interrogation training, drug investigation training, pepper spray training, impact weapons training, DUI training, etc. I graduated from the Rural Executive Management Institute of the University of Arkansas Institute of Criminal Justice.
Rowdi McMillan
I was born Oct. 12, 1968. I was raised on the family ranch by Rock Springs, Mont. until 1981. I attended Custer County District High School and graduated in 1986.
I worked for Roundup Powder and Western Bag as an explosive bag maker. From the 1990s to 2004 I went on to be a part-time law enforcement officer and also a part-time deputy brand inspector, working for Custer, Rosebud and Treasure counties. Then I became a full-time deputy working in Ashland, Colstrip and Forsyth. I also worked part-time for C.M. Coffee Livestock.
My family roots are here in Terry and I plan on ranching on Cherry Creek keeping the family tradition going.
Question 2. Why should voters vote for you?
Bill Klunder
I have the experience, training and knowledge to continue to serve the citizens of Prairie County as sheriff. The only promise I make is that I will continue to do the best that I can. I will continue to run the sheriff’s office with as little tax dollars as possible.
It has been my privilege to serve Prairie County and during that time I have come to know most of the residents and their families. I have also gotten to know the county area very well and know where nearly everyone lives in the county. 
I have had a chance to work on fires with most of the ranchers in the county and feel that rural fire has come a long way in the last 10 years and I hope to continue to improve on it in the future. 
During my time as the sheriff I have also been able to work with the sheriffs in surrounding counties, along with the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Fire Marshall’s office Tribal Police, the DEA, the FBI and several other local and federal agencies and have formed working relationships with them. I have also sat down with sheriffs and chiefs of police from other states and jurisdictions and discussed different trends in crime and law enforcements. Terry is my home. I have raised my family here and would be honored to continue to serve as your sheriff.
Rowdi McMillan
Prairie County is due for a change. A change that will effect everyone. Prairie County needs a sheriff that will stand up, listen and work for the people. The voice of the people will be heard. The people of Prairie County deserve the best. I would appreciate your vote June 8. It’s time for a change.

Published June 2, 2010

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