Deputies Union Endorses Heino For Sheriff

Heino won support from 80 percent of voting members

By Justin Franz
Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino. Beacon file photo

The Flathead County Sheriff Deputy Association has endorsed Brian Heino for sheriff in the upcoming Republican primary.

Four men – Heino, Calvin Beringer, Keith Stahlberg and Jordan White – are squaring off in the Republican primary on June 5. Because there is no Democratic challenger, whoever wins the primary next month will replace outgoing Sheriff Chuck Curry.

In a press release on May 1, the sheriff deputy association announced that its members had voted on whom to endorse after a debate last week. Heino won a “super majority” with 80 percent of the vote. Stahlberg received 12 percent of the vote, Beringer got 6 percent and White received 2 percent.

Heino is a Flathead native and has a degree in criminal justice. He spent three years as a police officer in Wyoming before returning to the Flathead Valley to work at the sheriff’s office for the last 15 years. Heino is currently a patrol commander, but in the past he has served as SWAT Team leader, Search and Rescue coordinator, a member of the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force, and a tactical flight officer with Two Bear Air.

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