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Gianforte Announces Spirit of Montana Recipient: Troy McGee of Helena

April 1, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte last week recognized Troy McGee of Helena with his Spirit of Montana commendation for his decades of outstanding service and dedication to public safety, law enforcement, and his community.

McGee recently retired after nearly four decades in the Helena Police Department, including nearly 23 years as Helena’s chief of police.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honorees.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by e-mail at

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record follows:


Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Troy McGee of Helena for his four decades of public service in the Helena Police Department, including nearly 23 years as chief of police.

Growing up in the community he would serve, Troy graduated from Helena High School in 1971 and Carroll College in 1975.

Troy began his career with the Helena Police Department in 1975 and worked his way through the ranks. After nearly 20 years as a patrolman and officer in the department, Troy was promoted to police chief in August 1996.

Throughout his career, Troy was dedicated to law enforcement safety and training in Montana. He has contributed his time, experience, and perspective to several organizations, including the Montana Attorney General's Law Enforcement Advisory Council, the Montana Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, and the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board. He also has advocated for law enforcement with the Montana Chiefs of Police Association and the Montana Police Officers Protective Association.

As Helena’s chief of police, Troy created stronger relationships between his department and the community. He also bolstered the city’s relationship with other law enforcement agencies. His commitment to coordination and partnership led the city’s police department to work with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department to form a joint SWAT team.

Troy has dedicated his life to the well-being of his community and law enforcement officers throughout our state. On behalf of the people of Montana, thank you for your service, Chief McGee.

Madam Speaker, for his decades of outstanding service and for his dedication to public safety, law enforcement, and his community, I recognize Troy McGee for his spirit of Montana.