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Department Overview:

The Powell County Attorney is an elected official, representing Powell County and the State of Montana within our county.

The Office of County Attorney prosecutes all felony crimes committed in Powell County, as well as all misdemeanor crimes committed outside of the limits of the City of Deer Lodge.

The office handles all of Powell County’s cases of abuse and neglect of children, cases involving delinquent juveniles, and cases of commitment to the Montana State Hospital for treatment of serious mental health disorders.

The office ensures that crime victims are treated fairly and are kept up to date regarding the status of their case, both before and after sentencing.

The Powell County Attorney promotes public safety and ensures offender accountability by prosecuting criminal cases; advocating for victims and victims’ rights; facilitating financial restitution for victims; and creating and refining processes to deal with criminal justice issues.  The Powell County Attorney also is responsible for defending or prosecuting all civil claims for or against Powell County; and providing timely and sound legal advice to all offices, departments and local government entities within the County.



The County Attorney is prevented by law from giving legal advice to private citizens on civil matters, such as landlord-tenant or neighbor disputes, contract enforcement, parenting plans, or estate planning.  If you have questions regarding a civil matter, you should contact a private attorney. People have found the Montana Law Help website and the “Legal Resources” section of the Montana Bar Association website helpful in understanding private civil matters.


Employment Opportunities:

The Office of the Powell County Attorney is recruiting for a Deputy County Attorney.  Please email your resume and letter of interest for more information.  Opportunities may also be available for new law graduates or law students.


Are you looking for the County Attorney in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County?

Until 1895, the City of Deer Lodge was the county seat of Deer Lodge County.  In 1896, the city of Anaconda became the county seat of Deer Lodge County.  In 1901, Powell County was created and Deer Lodge became a county seat again.  If you are looking for the government of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, please call 563-4000.  The Deer Lodge County Attorney can be reached at 563-4019.


County Attorney:

Kathryn McEnery

Licensed in Montana since May 2011

(406) 846-9790

Justice Court Legal Assistant: 

Britnee Butte:

(406) 846-9712

District Court Legal Assistant: 

Jessica Fincher (Can answer questions about either court)

(406) 846-9732



Powell County Courthouse

409 Missouri Avenue, Suite 301

Deer Lodge, MT  59722

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:a.m. to 5 p.m., except state holidays.

Closed for lunch noon to 1:00 p.m. or for court appointments.






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