Candidate for head of Montana OPI charged with obstructing a peace officer

Sharyl Allen, a GOP candidate for superintendent of public instruction, has been charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a peace officer or other public servant in Madison County Justice Court.

Her bond was set at $335 and her initial appearance to face the charges is scheduled for May 7.

Sharyl Allen


Allen is currently the superintendent of Harrison Public School, a small rural school district in Madison County.

The Missoulian was unable to obtain the complaint or other documents relating to the charge on Thursday because apparently the entire staff for the Madison County Justice Court was in a training and unable to respond to phone calls or email requests. The Missoulian will update this story when charging documents are available.

Recently this spring, Allen told the Harrison Public School board that she won’t return as head of the district next year. The board was deciding whether to renew her contract. She told the Missoulian that she needs to focus on caring for a family member. 

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