Fox presents DSVS award

Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter
Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Attorney General Tim Fox awards DSVS Victim Advocate, Kate Croft, for her exemplary service.

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Attorney General Tim Fox came to Red Lodge City Hall. (Left to Right): AG Tim Fox, Red Lodge Police Chief Jason Wells and Red Lodge Mayor Bill Larson.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (R) visited Red Lodge on Friday, Sept. 13, and presented a special state award to Kate Croft, victim advocate with Domestic Violence and Victims Services (DSVS). He also met with the city representatives on his six day, statewide tour.

Fox is running to be Montana's Republican candidate for governor. 

Fox told Croft, “You are in very distinguished company” in acknowledging her extraordinary efforts. “I chose to name this award after Matthew Dale, Director of Consumer Affairs and Victims Services; he is nationally recognized and known.”

Dale passed last year after serving the Department of Justice for 17 years. 

Croft has been a victim advocate for over a decade and is a Carbon County native. She is also DSVS Director of Services.

DSVS Executive Director Kelly Heaton said, “Kate's unique approach provides her clients with genuine hope, security and intergrity."  

Earlier, Fox stopped by City Hall to meet with Mayor Bill Larson, some city officials including Police Chief Jason Wells, County Justice Court Judge Kevin Nichols and Justice of the Peace Raphael He Does It. 

Although from Hardin, Fox said he was an avid kayaker of Rock Creek and skier at Red Lodge Mountain. “My father was one of the founding members of the Red Lodge Music Festival.” His father was second Primary Violinist “right behind the concert master” with the Billings Symphony. His mother played the piano. He plays the trumpet and his daughter is a violinist.

“My commitment to public safety and law enforcement will never stop,” he declared. Regarding $250,000 in treatment court funding he said, “It’s not all we wanted” but “it’s terribly helpful getting lives back on track.” 

When Fox asked about the City’s needs, the Mayor said, “Infrastructure” was foremost. Next, since the water is completed, are upgrading the storm water and sewer water systems. “We’re chipping away within our means.” 

Judge Nichols mentioned delays in getting court ordered suspensions of licenses quickly enforced as well as reinstatements and made a note of it. Judge He Does It said it could take up to 18 months to suspend. While Nichols said it was a “huge problem” he thought the backlog was getting better. 

With a possible jab at his Republican opposition Fox said, “Good government is possible. It’s different in the private sector. It does not transfer necessarily to a business person. You have to be able to listen, be thoughtful. Listen to people with a lot of different views.”