Lynn P. Ogle

Board Member

Lynn was raised in Missoula, Montana and is a native Montanan. He graduated from High School in Missoula. He went into the Navy Reserves in 1957 and spent two years on active duty, in the west coast of the Pacific.

After his six year tour in the Navy he went to the University of Montana for a year.

He then went to work for the Northern Pacific Railroad. After a period he moved to Columbia Falls and worked for the Great Northern Railroad and C&C Lumber.

In 1966 he joined the US Army. He and his wife Bonny were married in 1968 just prior to his departure for Viet Nam. He was Honorably Discharged December 24 1968 as a Sergeant.

February 1, 1969 he went to work for the Columbia Falls Police Department and spent 5 ½ years there. When he left the Columbia Falls Police Department, he went directly to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department and was in that employ for four years.

During that time he worked several jobs and gained much experience with people. He also went to Flathead Valley Community College and received a 2 year degree in Psychology and Social Justice. He also followed that with a degree in Human Services.

In 1978 he left the Sheriff’s Office and went into business for himself, where he worked for four years, until he was asked to return to the employ of the Sheriff’s Office by the newly elected Sheriff Rhodes. He was sworn in. went to work and remained there for another twenty years until his retirement in 2003.

During that time he rose from Patrol Officer to the Rank of Chief Deputy at the time of his retirement. During his tenure he served as Chief of Detectives, a brief period as Swat Team Commander, Dispatch Supervisor ending his carrier as Chief Deputy. During his last few years with the Sheriffs Office, he was working with the Office of Emergency Services where he was Deputy Director, Environmental Crimes Officer, Hazmat Team Member, and Explosives/Ordinance Officer.

After his retirement he worked as the Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Services in conjunction with the Department of Emergency Services for the State of Montana.

He has received thousands of hours of instruction is all aspects of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services.

He is currently the Fire Chief/Training Officer for the Trail Creek/Polebridge Fire Service Area Fire Company. He is also an active member on the Board of Directors for the Flathead County Fire Service Area. He is also on the North Valley Search and Rescue Board and he is still on several boards actively in the Flathead and North Fork.

He has served on the Board of the Northwest Montana Veterans Food Pantry for the past several years and is currently serving there.