Deputy Wendt announces intent to file for sheriff

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Deputy David Wendt recently announced he is running to succeed retiring Beaverhead County Sheriff Paul Craft.

Wendt, a county native, graduated from Lima High School in 1992, attended University of Montana Western and then started his law enforcement career in Beaverhead County in 1997, working as a reserve Deputy. In 2007, he moved to Meagher County and worked for that sheriff’s department, as deputy, deputy coroner and later on as undersheriff. In 2019, he returned to Beaverhead County, serving as Lima resident deputy.

Wendt grew up on his family ranch, which taught him life lessons of hard work, dependability and commitment. Growing up in Beaverhead County has provided him with the knowledge and experience of the area, the people and the way of life here. He has been married to his wife Keri for 25 years, and they have five children.

Wendt has experience in many jobs in the department from deputy, detention officer, criminal investigator, coroner, fire/ambulance, and search and rescue. Wendt has worked under five different sheriffs in his career and learned from each of them what it takes to have a successful department.

Wendt wants to continue the wellfunctioning department that Craft maintains. Upon learning of Craft’s plan to retire, Wendt felt strongly it was time to step up and give back to the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Department and to the community that he loves.