Former Powell Co. deputy is write-in sheriff candidate


DEER LODGE, Mont. - New developments in Powell County, where a deputy, let go after budget cuts, plans to run for sheriff against the man who laid him off. We told you in June how the Powell County Sheriff's Department had to cut its budget by $200,000 after a levy failed. Sheriff Scott Howard said he had to let two deputies go. The office typically has five deputies. One of those deputies let go is now running for sheriff against current sheriff Scott Howard. Gavin Roselles was a deputy for 14 years before he was laid off two months ago. Now, he's running for Powell County Sheriff as a late-entry write-in. He said, if elected, he wants to change the way Deer Lodge and Powell County communicate. After the county and city chose not to keep the consolidation pact between law enforcement two years ago, Roselles wants to see the pact back. He added that the funding situation in law enforcement will be no quick fix. "After the layoffs in July, it gave me more time to reflect upon the situation that is currently affecting both Powell County and the city of Deer Lodge, and it was at that time I decided to go ahead and make a run for sheriff," said Roselles. Roselles said he has been going to council meetings, and plans to continue in order to be up-to-date on city affairs.

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