Bullock appoints chief legal counsel, adviser

2012-12-18T13:23:00Z 2012-12-19T00:00:33Z Bullock appoints chief legal counsel, adviserGazette State Bureau The Billings Gazette
December 18, 2012 1:23 pm  • 

HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock on Tuesday announced the appointment of two more top staff members — Andrew Huff as his chief legal counsel and Stacey Otterstrom as his boards and appointments adviser.

“Andy and Stacey are solid leaders and trusted advisers who will serve Montana well,” Bullock said. “I’m glad to have them joining the great team we’re putting together, and I know they’re excited to get to work.”

Huff, 43, is an assistant attorney general under Bullock at the Justice Department and worked closely with him on campaign finance cases. As an assistant attorney general, Huff also worked on Indian and water law.

He previously worked as a legal counsel for Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s American Indian Nations council and had a private legal practice.

Huff, a Whitefish native and Hellgate High graduate, is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law and Harvard University. He lives in Helena with his wife, Margaret Bentwood, and two children.

Otterstrom, 28, previously was special projects manager to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and most recently was political director of the Montana Democratic Party, where she led the Tribal Voter Outreach Program.

A Havre native and a Havre High graduate, Otterstrom has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Montana State University.

She is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe and is married to Brian “Odie” Otterstrom.

They join other top staffers to Bullock and Lt. Gov.-elect John Walsh, including Tim Burton as chief of staff, and Ali Bovingdon and Kevin O’Brien as deputy chiefs of staff.

Bullock has already appointed the new directors for the departments of Commerce, Corrections, Environmental Quality, Labor and Industry, Natural Resources and Conservation and Transportation.

He has not yet announced his directors for the departments of the Administration; Agriculture; Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Public Health and Human Services; and Revenue.

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