Keith was born and raised in the Flathead Valley, graduating from Flathead High School in 1987 where he was involved with Concert Choir, Football and Track. Keith started off working at Anderson’s Masonry where he was a delivery driver, salesman and wood/gas/pellet stove installer. In 1994, he was hired at Columbia Falls Aluminum Company (CFAC) where he worked until 2000 when most of the plant was shut down. During that time he worked in the pot lines as a general laborer and also as a Relief Foreman. Keith was elected Vice-President for the Steel Workers Local 320 Union which represented the roughly 345 general laborers who worked in the pot lines. He was also a Trustee for the Aluminum Workers Trades Counsel which represented all of the eleven unions at CFAC. After he was laid off from CFAC he went to work for Alert Security and Recovery from 2000 to 2002. While working for Alert, he was the Junior Supervisor for the security side of the business and was responsible for the recovery side of the business. During this time he became a volunteer Reserve Officer with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office.
In the fall of 2002, Keith was hired by the Columbia Falls Police Department. While there, he graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy basic #117. In the spring of 2003, he was hired on at the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. Since that time he has been an FTO (Field Training Officer), a member of the Alcohol Enforcement Team, Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Team and Boat Patrol Team. Keith was the leader of the Reserve Officer Program from 2007-2010. He was a TIPS Alcohol Trainer (Training for Intervention ProceedureS) which helped train alcohol servers in the valley how to spot and combat alcohol intoxication. In 2011 he was the recipient of the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Award for his relentless pursuit of getting impaired drivers off of our roads.
Keith was promoted to Corporal in 2007 and remained in that position until he was promoted to Sergeant in 2012. He has remained in that position since that time and was given the honor of being selected as Deputy of the Year in 2009 as well as in 2016.
Keith is married to the love of his life Tracey and recently they celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary. Keith and Tracey have four children that they are raising in this beautiful valley we call home.