Your Elected Officials
Joe BriggsCommissioner District 1
County Commissioner Joe Briggs is a native of Cascade County and has served as a County Commissioner since January of 2005. Prior to his election he had a varied professional management career that included positions such as Assistant Fleet Maintenance Supervisor for a multinational Trucking Company, Director of Information services for a company that operated a range of business including vehicle dealerships, alcohol and food distribution, travel agencies and trucking companies. This varied management background led to the creation of “Briggs Computer Consultants Inc. in 1991 which Joe operated until his election to office. Briggs Computer Consultants offered a wide range of services but specialized in Wide and Local Area Network design and administration.
While a small businessman he served as Chairman of the Board of the Great Falls Chamber, a member of the Military Affairs Committee, local Republican Party Chairman, District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America and President of several local organizations as well as being the President of the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs.
When elected in 2004, Briggs closed his consulting firm to focus his professional efforts on the role of commissioner but continued with most of his civic activities.
In his role as a County Commissioner he has focused his efforts on economic development and the preservation of Malmstrom AFB. He has remained active on the Military Affairs Committee and is a Past Chairman; he is a founding member and Director of the Montana Defense Alliance, Past President of the regional multi county Economic development organization, director of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and an Executive Committee member of Great Falls Development.
He is a Past President of the Montana Association of County Officials and chaired their Community, Economic Development and Labor Committee for many years. On the national level is a Past Chairman of the Telecommunications and Technology Committee of the National Association of Counties and currently is a Vice Chair of the Telecommunications and Technology Committee, a Vice Chair of the IT Standing Committee, a Vice Chair of the Veterans and Military Services Committee and a member of RAC. In July of 2019 Briggs was elected to the position of NACo West Region Representative to the Executive Committee.
Joe and his wife Kathy have two grown children both living in North Central Montana. Jessica, the eldest, works for a local nonprofit and is an aspiring writer and her brother James is a High School English Teacher in Conrad.
James LarsonCommissioner District 2
Don RyanCommissioner District 3Phone: 406-454-6814
Don Ryan was born in Great Falls, one of eight children born to Bill and Jeanette Ryan. Don graduated from CMR, went to the UM graduating in 1976. Don taught and coached Basketball in towns across the State before returning to Great Falls to raise his family. Married to his wife Terri for 43 years they are the parents of 5 children; Bill & wife Tera in Little Rock Ark., Annie and Husband John Fitzgerald in Red Lodge, Sean and wife Sara in Butte, Cleo in Washington and Dixie (Dee) in Great Falls
Don has been actively involved with local government having been elected 4 times to the Great Falls School Board and twice to the Montana Senate.
While in the Senate, Don served on many committees: Business and Labor, Fish and Game, Energy and Telecommunications, Finance and Claims and Education. While serving as Chairman of the Education committee, Don sponsored SB 152 the “Definition of Quality Education” which help ended Columbia Falls vs the State of Montana lawsuit over inadequate funding to local schools. SB152 resulted in a school funding formula that raised money to local districts and lowered property taxes in over 2/3 of Montana districts.
Don was appointed to the commission in February of 2021 to fill the term of Jane Weber who retired.
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.
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.