Nice comment Bulldog, you must be from butte, I couldn't agree with you more. Matt keep digging and you will find out a lot more. A good place to start would be at the FWP human resource office. The hiring practices of FWP. The unions are a joke. None of the state employee contracts have been negotiated or ratified yet, therefore no 3% cost of living increase until they are ratified. Management on the other hand has already started receiving the 3 % raise July 1. How does that work? Keep paying those union dues, for what? So the governor and union can save the state money at the expense of union employees. On another note, I enjoy watching the warden show on the outdoor channel along with millions of other viewers. Frank Bowens lake county investigation and grievance would be an exciting final episode. Ratings would skyrocket, and it would be a great way to inform the public how political Montana has really become. Matt hopefully the AP will pick up your story.
Great article by Matthew Frank. I can't believe the attorney generals office didn't step in, but I guess politics are more important than justice. No wonder the Game Wardens can't get equal pay as other law enforcement agencies. During this past legislative session there was a bipartisan bill which passed both the house and senate to get wardens wages equal with the highway patrol. When it hit the governors desk to be signed, he vetoed the bill saying he was saving the state money. The bill was funded with new FWP license dollars, therefore it wouldn't have cost the state coffers anything. I'm sure this didn't have anything to do with Bowen investigation. The attorney general was running for governor. Bad publicity? Sounds like the investigation was told to stop because of politics. If Attorney General Tim Fox wants to be the next Governor in 3 years, clean up the mess in lake county that he inherited, and change the laws allowing Montana to be a right to work state.
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