CCSO names Sun River Valley resident deputy

Sgt. Steve Brunk of the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the Sun River Valley resident deputy, according to Sheriff Jesse Slaughter.

Slaughter has been looking to establish a resident deputy program since last year’s campaign and in May, the County Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with the Sun River Valley School District.

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Under the agreement, the district would provide housing at 2 School Loop Road in Fort Shaw. The building includes three residential units and the district would provide one to CCSO for a resident deputy. Under the agreement, the cost to the county is $1 and the school district would be responsible for the cost of housing, taxes on the property insurance, utilities and maintenance.

Brunk has 17 years of experience and has been with CCSO for 10 years, according to a CCSO release.

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He was promoted to sergeant earlier this year and previously served in the military and with the Great Falls Police Department.

Brunk has been named officer of the year, DUI officer of the year and two-time DUI deputy of the year, according to the CCSO release.

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According to CCSO, Brunk is the resident deputy supervisor for the department.

“Brunk will work with the valley communities and schools. His presence in the community will be both an asset to public safety and a deterrent for criminals. We would like to thank the Sun River Valley School District and Superintendent Dave Marzoff for their partnership in this community project. I’m excited to get our deputies out into the communities they serve,” Slaughter said in a release.

In May, Slaughter said the resident deputy in Fort Shaw would provide a presence in the schools, attend community events and essentially serve as the deputy in the valley.

The resident deputy, he said in May, would be a patrol deputy and would still respond to incidents in the county as needed when on shift, but would focus on the valley area, to include Fort Shaw, Simms, Sun River and Sun Prairie.

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During the May commission meeting, Undersheriff Cory Reeves said CCSO was in talks with Belt and Cascade to see what they could offer for the resident deputy program.

The county currently has contracts with Belt and Cascade for CCSO to provide 20 hours per week of law enforcement services. The agreement with Belt also includes prosecutorial services from the county attorneys’ office for all misdemeanor DUI and partner family member assault offenses issued in territorial law enforcement jurisdiction of the Town of Belt.

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That two-year agreement was approved last summer and the cost to Belt was $55,774.34 for fiscal year 2019, which ends June 30.

The commission approved a four-year contract with the Town of Cascade for the same services.

The cost to the town for that agreement is $51,308.57 for the current fiscal year, increasing each year to $59,935.71 for fiscal year 2022.