Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Gary Dent of Pondera County

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Gary Dent of Pondera County for his over 42 years of service in law enforcement.


Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:


Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing Gary Dent of Pondera County for his over 42 years of service in law enforcement.

Gary Dent was born and raised in Miles City. After high school and college, Gary discussed entering the police force with a family friend and from there, he began his career in law enforcement. After 11 years of serving around Montana, he landed in the Conrad City Police Department where he spent over 30 years as their police chief. He and his wife have one son named GR.

Gary’s passion for his job is clear. Yet it is his passion for the community that sets him apart. While serving as police chief, he filled his spare time by serving Conrad in any way he could. Including by spending time coaching middle school and high school sports teams.

Gary’s legacy in the Conrad City Police Department will survive long after his retirement. His favorite part of serving in law enforcement was the interaction with folks in the community, and that did not go unnoticed. He impacted many around Conrad and greater Pondera County community. I congratulate Gary on a career well spent and I wish him the best of luck in retirement.