Sheriff Burdick took office in 2006, when Sheriff Doug William's stepped down after 34 years of service. He started his law enforcement career in 1995 in Fort Benton, Montana as a deputy patrolman. Vern's years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Chouteau County Sheriff's Office prepared him for his tenure as Sheriff of Chouteau County. He has worked as a Civil Deputy, Evidence Technician and finally Jail Administrator. After an overwhelming successful election bid in 2006, Vern retains his office serving the public he is committed to. He loves the job and especially loves serving the citizens of Chouteau County.