Cascade County Sheriff Candidates: Profiles

Posted at 5:08 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 19:08:19-04

The four men who are competing to elected as the Cascade County Sheriff provided the following profiles. They are published here verbatim (in alphabetical order by last name)::


I am a native of Cascade County.  Born and raised in Great Falls.  I was educated in Great Falls and I am a graduate of C.M. Russell High School.
Prior to graduation, I joined the United States Army as a Military Police Officer.  I proudly served for 3 years.  
After I was honorably discharged from the Army, I put myself through the Montana State Law Enforcement Academy.  
On February 2nd 1992, I was hired by the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer and worked in the old jail for 4 years.
On June 1st, 1996, I was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff and in December of that year, I became a deputy Coroner. 
I chose one place to start and finish my career, and that place is the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.   I have proudly served the citizens of this County for 26 years.   
I have held many positions at the Sheriff’s Office: Detention Officer, Detention Supervisor, Patrol Deputy, Patrol Shift Supervisor, Deputy Coroner, Detective, Narcotics Detective, Meth Lab Technician, Coroner instructor, Field Training Officer, I started the first Field Training Program for Deputy Sheriff’s. I am instrumental in bringing back the Crisis Intervention Team training to Cascade County. I have held the Office of Sheriff / Coroner for 2 terms. 
I am a Christian man and have accepted Jesus Christ as my savior.  My faith has helped me through some real tough times and I give praise and thanks to my Heavenly Father for keeping me a float.   
I have a beautiful daughter and 2 gorgeous grandchildren. Grandbaby #3 is on the way!  I am in a loving relationship and this relationship has added two more beautiful children to my life. I love them all and I am truly blessed!


George I. Kynett, a Great Falls native, has served in law enforcement for over 28 years at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office in both full-time and part-time capacities. In 1981, Kynett started as a member of the Mountain Patrol Search and Rescue, which later led to riding with the sheriff’s office. Kynett then saw a need for a reserve deputy force and started the program in 1987 along with other members of search and rescue, which eventually evolved to 25 reserve deputies being hired on the force. 
Throughout his 20 years as a reserve deputy, Kynett gained experience serving in many capacities to include detention officer, inmate transfer, court bailiff, investigations, civil process server and private security. Kynett also spent time as a scuba diver, as well as on riverboat patrol. Working with detectives, he also revisited many cold case files from Cascade County.
It was also during this time which Kynett and the CCSO was the first sheriff’s office in Montana to work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to create the Minor In Possession Program, working to keep alcohol and drugs out of the hands of the counties’ youth. Kynett also has vast knowledge of the adult and veterans drug treatment court.  
While part-time at the sheriff’s office, Kynett worked full time at Ryan’s Warehouse for over 22 years gaining experience in budgets, management, supervising, scheduling, training new employees, transportation and workplace safety. He held positions of warehouse supervisor, transportation manager and maintenance supervisor.  
Kynett served as the safety committee chairman at both the warehouse and the sheriff’s office, ensuring safe work practices for all employees. 
In 2006, Kynett started full time as detention transport officer, transporting inmates to court appearances, prisons and various medical appointments. 
Since then, Kynett has spent time with the senior citizens of the community while working with the Meals on Wheels program. He has also worked at a local compliance monitoring company to ensure individuals abide by court-ordered monitoring of drugs and alcohol. 
Kynett currently works as a compliance officer at the Great Falls Pre-Release Center and is a 2007 graduate of the Basic Detention course at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.


In 1981 I joined the Cascade County Sheriff’s Explorer program.  I spent 5 years learning about the Sheriff’s Office.  I assisted with getting the first Neighborhood Watch program in Sun Prairie going by knocking on doors and promoting the program.  It was successful.  After being hired as a deputy sheriff, I had the honor of being the head advisor for Explorer program.  I took the Explorers to their first National Conference in Colorado Springs, CO.  
In 1989 I joined the Mountain Patrol Search & Rescue.  I volunteered for one year when I applied and was selected as a reserve deputy.   I volunteered for two years and put in over 1000 hours.  Having been a reserve deputy, I knew the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office was where I wanted to work.
In 1992 I applied for deputy sheriff and I was hired on December 16, 1992.  In 1993 I became a deputy coroner.  I received my coroner certificate in 1994.   In 2011 I was appointed as the Chief Coroner.   I have been in charge of training new coroners and deputy coroners in Montana with the Basic Coroner Course for the past seven years. 
Also, in 1994, Sheriff Barry Michelotti approved forming the Tactical Response Team, which is now SWAT.  I tested and was appointed to the team.  I was on the Sniper / Observer team and the entry team.  I earned the leadership positions of sniper team leader, assistant team leader, team leader and my current position as the team commander.   I am on the SWAT Standards Committee / Tactical Advisor Committee for Montana. 
In 1996 the Sheriff’s Office entered into a contract with the town of Cascade.  I volunteered to take that position.  My job was to build relationships with the citizens in Cascade, Ulm and in the Dearborn areas.   I attended community policing schools, D.A.R.E. Officer school, and drug enforcement classes.  I taught DARE in all the rural schools, established a neighborhood watch program in Cascade, and attended Town Council meetings.  I was successful in building those relationships with citizens and the Sheriff’s Office.  
Due to funding, the D.A.R.E. program was abandoned.  I developed the STYLE program, which is a spinoff of D.A.R.E, in 2004 to keep the deputies in the schools.  This program is still being taught in the rural schools.  
In 2005 I was promoted to Sergeant and led one of the patrol shifts.  I received the Officer of the Year award that year because of my involvement with numerous community programs, too include coaching youth sports, community safety and education talks, Special Olympics (LE Torch Run) and board member for Big Brother & Big Sister program.  
In 2008 to 2009 I was assigned to the Training Supervisor position.  I was assigned back to patrol lieutenant from 2009 until 2011.   From 2011 to the present I volunteered to again be assigned as the Training Supervisor.  I oversee hiring and training all employees of the Sheriff’s Office.
I have always believed in Community.  My commitment to serve the citizens continues through educating myself and others.  I assist in instructing, or sitting on the following boards:
Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – coordinator 
Mental Health Crisis Steering Committee
Crisis Response Team (CRT) 
A.L.I.C.E. (active shooter) – instructor 
CASA-CAN – board member
Fetal, Infant, Child Mortality Review (FICMR) – board member 
Forensic Science Division (FDS) Advisory Board – board member
Montana Coroner Association – board member
The POST certificates I hold are; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Instructor and Coroner Basic. 


Jesse Slaughter has dedicated his life to serving the people of his community. Jesse’s career began as a civilian coroner and a sworn deputy/coroner. He spent several years protecting the residents of Great Falls as a police officer and earned a promotion to Master Police Officer. Jesse mentored new officers as a Field Training Officer and served on the GFPD’s High Risk Unit. He prepared the curriculum, recruited students, and facilitated several Citizens Academy classes. In 2012 Jesse was appointed to his current position as a GFPD Detective and a member of the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, where he specializes in protecting children. Jesse is a known leader in the field of investigations and has been responsible for organizing investigators from different agencies to lead them through numerous undercover operations. 

Jesse’s law enforcement certifications, from the Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council, include the Council’s advanced supervisory certificate. Governor Bullock appointed Jesse to serve on the Montana POST Council (2012-2018), and he served on the Montana Police Protective Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee for eight years. Jesse has been recognized as GFPD and Montana Association Chiefs of Police (MACOP) Officer of the Year, and with MACOP’s Medal of Honor. 
Jesse knows the Sheriff’s Office must stay progressive and proactive. He pledges to bring transparency, accountability, integrity, pride, and trust back to the Office. 
Jesse cares deeply for the people of our community, his father was the Sheriff of Gallatin County and it has long been Jesse’s dream to be Sheriff of Cascade County. Jesse’s values are strong, his honor is intact, and he’s not afraid to make hard decisions. Jesse is ready to lead by example and be a Sheriff Cascade County will be proud to put its trust in. 

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