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235 Deer Lodge Avenue • Shelby, MT 59474 • 406-434-5585
Toole County Sheriff's Department


Toole County's first female sheriff, Donna Whitt, began her career in law enforcement when she was hired by Sheriff John Brooks as a dispatcher in 1981 at the age of 19. Whitt quickly moved up to dispatch supervisor by 1983. Whitt left the sheriff's department for a short time in 1985 to start her family. Donna returned to the Toole County Sheriff's Department in January of 1986 after the birth of her daughter Samantha to fill the role of Sheriff's secretary and civil clerk.

In June of 1986 Donna took the biggest step of her career and successfully tested for and was hired as a Deputy Sheriff. In 1990 Whitt celebrated the birth of her second child, Kara. Donna continued working as a Patrol Deputy until she was appointed Chief Deputy by Sheriff Vern Anderson in 1991. She served in this capacity until July of 2002 when Sheriff Anderson appointed her as his Undersheriff. On January 1, 2003 Donna Whitt was elected as the first female sheriff in the history of Toole County. She holds BASIC, INTERMEDIATE, & ADVANCED law enforcement certificates from the Montana law Enforcement Academy, as well as SUPERVISORY & COMMAND certificates. Whitt is a graduate of the FBI Executive Command College.

A past member of the Shelby "Jaycees" and current member of the Shelby ELKS Club and Booster Club, Donna currently sits as a board member for the Private Prison Advisory Committee, Center for Mental Health Board, Toole County Safety Committee, Insurance Committee, Compensation Board and Northern Tier Interoperability Consortium.

In her free time, Donna enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys following and supporting the local high school sports teams, camping, fishing, yard work and other outdoor activities.

Toole County Sheriff Donna Whitt

Sheriff Donna Whitt



Resources & Links

Driving Record

Driving Safely: DUI and Seatbelt Use

Montana DOJ Background Checks

Montana Highway Patrol

Montana Meth Project

Montana Sheriff's and Peace Officer Association

Montana Traffic Laws

Sexual or Violent Offenders Registry


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