Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Deputy Director Mike Volesky pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge related to an Aug. 22 incident on the Downtown Walking Mall in Helena.
Volesky, 44, accompanied by his attorney, Wendy Holton, appeared before Helena Municipal Judge Bob Wood in a hearing that lasted about 90 seconds.
Outside the courtroom, Holton and Volesky declined comment.
Volesky was cited the day after the incident in which police said he struck a man who had made a derogatory statement about the woman Volesky was with.
At Friday’s appearance, Wood ordered Volesky to report to the Law Enforcement Center to be booked and released.
The maximum possible sentence for misdemeanor assault is six months in jail and a $500 fine.
An omnibus hearing is scheduled for Oct. 2.
Volesky became second in command of FWP in June 2012 after serving as natural resource policy adviser to Gov. Brian Schweitzer since 2004.