Stephen M. Keim, Lt. Col. (Ret.) was sworn in on July 22, 2021, as the Montana Selective Service State Director by the Agency’s Region III Director, Steven Kett, Col. (Ret). He was nominated by Governor Greg Gianforte and appointed by Acting Selective Service Director Craig Brown.
Keim replaces former State Director William D. Cooper, Montana Army National Guard Command (MTANG) Sgt. Maj. (Ret.), in his role as liaison between the Selective Service System and the Governor’s office. He will represent the Governor and the Selective Service regarding agency matters in Montana.
“I am truly honored to serve as the Montana State Director for the Selective Service System,” Keim said. “I look forward to contributing to the registration and readiness mission. The Agency provides a critical component to our national security. It’s also important we remind men about the importance of registration to the country and and how it provides access to numerous state and federal benefits.”
“Keim is an outstanding individual with careers in law enforcement, community, and military service. We are enthusiastic about the Governor’s recommendation.” Kett said.
Currently, Keim is a member of the Montana State University Police Department where he is the Safety and Security Manager for the Museum of the Rockies – the most visited museum in the state. Prior to that, he retired from the City of Bozeman Police Department, serving as a patrolman, detective, and school resource officer.
Keim is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel from the MTARNG, having 36 years of service. His numerous assignments include serving as Reserve Force Officer with the U.S. Selective Service, as the Provost Marshal at Fort Harrison, MT, and as a counter-narcotics advisor to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. He also served a tour in Afghanistan as a Police Training Officer.
A Montana native, he graduated from Helena High School and Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice. Keim volunteers at the Eagle Mount Horticulture Program and coaches little league baseball, basketball, and football.