Petty named interim Helena police chief as Hagen steps down

Nolan Lister

Brett Petty was recently promoted from the rank of captain to assistant chief of the Helena Police Department and will become interim chief beginning Thursday, Dec. 30. 

The selection of Petty as interim chief comes as current Police Chief Steve Hagen retires from a 30-year law enforcement career. Hagen’s retirement was delayed more than a month following the death of Assistant Chief Curt Stinson in October.

While the selection of an interim chief is made by the city manager, Hagen said Petty’s appointment falls in line with the department’s chain of command and that he would make the same choice.

“Brett has a great working relationship with the community,” Hagen said, citing Petty’s work as a school resource officer and his community ties, such as coaching his children’s youth sports teams and leading the department’s Citizens Police Academy.

Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen is retiring on Dec. 30 after 30 years of service.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Petty was presented a Life Saving Award by the department in August after saving the life of a woman choking on

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