Your Elected Officials
Joe BriggsCommissioner District 1
James LarsonCommissioner District 2
Jim Larson, age 72, was raised in the Belt Area and still lives and ranches southwest of Belt. He spent all his school years in Belt and is a graduate of Belt Valley High School. His military career consisted of 4 years in the U.S. Navy, as a Communications Technician, spending time in Spain, South Korea and countries along the west coast of Africa.
Jim is married to wife, Darae, and they were blessed with 2 sons that live in Great Falls. Oldest son, Lee, his wife, Kelly and 3 children, Ava, Mia and son Smith. Jay is the younger son and is married to wife, Lesley and they have 2 daughters, Violet and Liberty.
Jim enjoys ranch life with his family, growing winter wheat and hay, along with raising cattle and loves to hunt when time allows.
He was elected to the Cascade County Commission, Jan. 1, 2015 and is finishing the end of his 6th year as commissioner.
Jane WeberCommissioner District 3
I received a BS in Forest Science from the University of Montana, Missoula and focused my post graduate work in Recreation Management at both the University of Montana and Clemson University, SC. I enjoyed a lifelong career with the USDA Forest Service, managing trail crews, marking timber, managing campgrounds, serving as a Public Information Officer, and working on many fire assignments throughout Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington. I collaborated with the Great Falls community to design, fundraise, build, and eventually manage the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center which opened in 1988. I value the close relationships with a cadre of 100 volunteers who served as docents in the exhibit hall and led school group visits. I truly enjoyed helping develop the More Kids in the Woods program where Great Falls Public Schools fifth graders visited the National Forest on snowshoes and learned about forest and winter wildlife adaptations.
When I retired from the Forest Service in September 2010, I became a Cascade County Commissioner and have enjoyed the challenge of finding ways to meet the needs of citizens throughout Cascade County. Some of my most memorable times on the job have been working on Superfund cleanup projects, securing funding to remove hazardous materials in the Old Jail so it can be re-purposed, working with the good people of Black Eagle, and helping with the mental health community.
With my children now grown and gone, my husband and I spend our time restoring our 120-year-old home, hiking, backpacking and cross-country skiing. Until the pandemic arrived, we made time to visit our three adult children and grandchildren who are pursuing their own professional careers in Idaho, Arizona, and Montana. Now, we FaceTime frequently.
Josh RackiCounty Attorney
Josh is a lifelong Montanan. He joined the Army after high school and was honorably discharged in 1997. He graduated from MSU Bozeman in 2000 with a degree in Criminal Justice and from UM Law School in 2003. Josh practiced in Kalispell as a private attorney for 2 years before joining the Cascade County Attorney’s Office in 2005. Josh has tried nearly every type of criminal case from speeding tickets to deliberate homicides. He has received several awards for his work as a prosecutor, previous served on the veterans and adult treatment court, is a trained Internet Crimes against Children prosecutor, and currently serves on the board of the Montana County Attorney’s Association. He is the vice commander of Chapter 2 of the Montana Disabled American Veterans and an assistant scout master for Scout Troop 14.
Josh was appointed as the Cascade County Attorney on May 17th, 2017. He has modernized the office’s work processes to increase efficiency and provide enhanced service to the community. Josh is working hard to increase both accountability and rehabilitation in the local justice system.
Josh is married to Tena and has two daughters and four granddaughters. He enjoys hiking, hunting, and exploring the Montana outdoors.
Tina HenryClerk of Court
I have proudly called Montana home my entire life, growing up on the Hi Line in Cut Bank and moving to Great Falls early in 2014. I am a daughter with 4 sisters, a blessed mother of 2 daughters and a son and a very happy grandmother of 4 soon to be 5.
I began my career in the Eighth Judicial District as a Deputy Clerk of Court in February 2014, was promoted to Chief Deputy Clerk of Court in July 2017, and was appointed to complete the term of retired Clerk of Court, Faye McWilliams, in January 2020. Throughout my time in the Clerk of Courts Office I have gained a real respect and knowledge of the Clerk’s role within the District Court, and have had the honor to observe and be in the courtroom with each of our District Court Judges and Standing Master.
I look forward to the future and the many changes on the horizon in the Clerk of District Court’s Office. I will use my experience and dedication to help this office stay on pace with the ever increasing caseload and I will continue to work together as a team with all those whom have a hand in the successful operation of the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Rina Fontana MooreClerk and Recorder
Sheriff Jesse Slaughter is a Montana Native. Jesse is married to Christie Slaughter a Adult Probation and Parole Officer with the State of Montana. Jesse and Christie have three children. Sheriff Slaughter was elected to the Office of Sheriff and took Office on January 2019. Sheriff Slaughter is a board member of the Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officers were her serves on the Government Relations Committee. “I’m honored to uphold and protect the Constitution and serve the people of Cascade County. God Bless.”
I was born and raised in Great Falls, moving to Cascade for Jr. High and High School. I graduated from Cascade High School along with my husband Paul in 1983. We married in 1985 and have two grown children whom we raised in Belt and two grandchildren. I was elected to the office of Treasurer, Superintendent of Schools and took office January 2019 determined to make a positive difference to the structure of the office.