The outgoing Hill County commissioner has accepted a new job, and says he is anxious to get started next week.
But Mike Anderson said he regrets having to leave his hometown to start the position.
“I’m absolutely looking forward to this,” Anderson said Tuesday.
Anderson, a one-term Hill County commissioner, lost in the Democratic primary in June to James “Jim” Catt Jr.
Catt later lost in the general election to independent Jeff LaVoi.
Anderson said he starts Monday as the chief investigator for the Montana Office of the State Auditor.
The office regulates insurance and security sales in the state, and investigates complaints about the industry. Anderson said the starting salary is $60,000.
Comments from the auditor’s office were not available by deadline this morning.
Anderson, a Havre native and 1980 Havre High School graduate, served on the Havre Fire Department for 23 years before taking his office as commissioner.
Anderson said his position, which has been open for several months, generally is a managment position overseeing the investigations of the auditor’s office. He said he will be doing some of the investigations himself, eventually.
“They’re somewhat backlogged now,” he said. “Once I get things set up and running the way I want them, I will be taking on some cases.”
He said he will be going to Helena to work, but he will be doing some commuting initially. His family eventually will move to Helena with him, although he expects they will be back to visit regularly.
“I’m going to miss Havre and Hill County,” he added. “I’ve lived here my whole life.”