Lake County, Montana

Meet the Commissioners
Lake County is governed by an elected Board of three Commissioners who represent one of the three Lake County districts. Currently, Bill Barron represents the North District, Gale Decker the Middle District and Dave Stipe the South District. Although each Commissioner represents a District, all voters in the County elect the Commissioners. The only legal requirements for running for the office is that the candidate must be a citizen of the state of Montana, be of voting age, and reside in the district they represent. Terms of the Commissioners are six years. County government is the most accessible of all levels of government to the citizens of the United States. Lake County is unique in that it is the only Montana county seat on an Indian Reservation, which brings a very interesting and diverse set of challenges.

The Board of Lake County Commissioners oversees the providing of essential services to the citizens of the County. They work with other elected county officials and department heads to provide some of the following services: Road maintenance, public safety, land planning, environmental health, tax collections, recording of legal documents, courts, and emergency services.

District 1 Commissioner Bill Barron

Bill served as County Sheriff and has been involved in law enforcement for many years before being elected Commissioner.
He brings his vast knowledge on county government operations and people management skills.

District 2 Commissioner Dave Stipe

Dave served as a Lake County Commissioner from 1993 through 2005. He has lived in Lake County his entire life in the Charlo area.
As a cattle rancher he brings hard work and dedication to the table.  

District 3 Commissioner Gale Decker

Commissioner Gale Decker and his wife, Susie, live in the North Crow area east of Pablo. Mr. Decker was born and raised in Lake County. He earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Montana before going on to teach in the Ronan School District for 33 years. Following retirement from the school system, Mr. Decker served as Lake County Superintendent of Schools for six years before being elected to the Commissioners’ Office in 2012. Mr. Decker’s particular interests in County government include land planning, environmental health and property tax relief.

Kate Stinger - Executive Administrative Assistant

Kate is a lifelong resident of Lake County, Kate is married and has 4 children. She worked various jobs before settling in at Lake County. For almost 5 years she worked in Justice Court and was instrumental in streamlining processes and procedures along with her coworkers. Kate was selected as the Executive Administrative Assistant in December of 2016 as a new position. The goal of this position is to assist the Commissioners with high level projects and to be active within the County.



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