Dan Huls of Corvallis was sworn in as the newest Ravalli County Commissioner at a ceremony in Hamilton Thursday, December 31st. He was sworn in by the outgoing commissioner and his friend, Chris Hoffman. Huls, a Republican who won the general election in November, joins Greg Chilcott and Jeff Burrows on the Board of Commissioners.

Huls is long-time Bitterroot Valley resident, graduating from Corvallis High School and has been associated with Huls Dairy for years. He has served on a number of boards, including the the Ravalli County Planning Board, Teller Wildlife Refuge, Corvallis Canal and Water, Ravalli County Right to Farm & Ranch Board, Mountain West Coop and has served on the Western Montana Agricultural Research Center's advisory committee.

After being sworn in at the afternoon ceremony in the Ravalli County Administration Center, Huls would like to help the commission maintain the status quo, saying, "I think the commission's done a fine job and the county is in relatively good shape."

As far as the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, "The COVID thing is something we all have to be aware of and be concerned about." He was positive about recent vaccine developments. "The fact that the nation will work out and alleviate this and we can get some 'herd immunity' going and we can get back to a more near normal state."

Huls also wants Ravalli County to maintain its unique character. "My most important concern is to keeping "here" here and I would like the newcomers to leave "there" there.

Huls was happy to be sworn in by Chris Hoffman, who decided not to run for re-election. "Chris has been a close friend for many, many years. He has been a mentor to me and I have been a mentor to him. He has made the transition as easy as it could be for a new commissioner, and I salute him for that."

Paige Allen Trautwein was also sworn in Thursday as Ravalli County District Court Clerk.

(L to R) Chris Hoffman swears in Dan Huls. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)

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