Lake County Justice of the Peace
Principled and Proven.
Why Your Vote Counts
March 11, 2022
Common sense application of the rule of law is what I stand for. Over 35 years of enforcing the law has provided the experience needed to apply the law fairly as it was intended to be. Making sure victims of crimes receive justice and restitution will be a priority. I will hold people accountable who commit a crime.
I have served the public , mostly with Fish Wildlife and Parks as the local game warden. Over the last 8 years I have been employed as a police officer and Detective for the City of Polson. I AM a public servant, it is what I do best.
After the announcement that current JP Randy Owens was not going to seek re-election, I was overwhelmed with encouragement and support from my fellow law enforcement officers, prosecutors and citizens to run for the vacant Justice of the Peace seat.
I have always been known here in Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation as a fair and understanding law enforcement officer with a wealth of common sense. I care about the people I work for and it has shown throughout my career as a law enforcement officer. I wish to carry on my common sense application of law to the citizens.
Over the years, the finest Justices of Peace I have worked with have always been retired law enforcement officers. I believe becoming a judge is a natural progression of a positive law enforcement career.
I have issued many notices to appear (tickets) into the Justice Court system during my tenure. I have been to trial a dozens times. Half of those were tribal/state jurisdictional test cases. For most of my adult life I have been involved with the judicial system.
One of the main things I will do is make prompt decisions on cases. Too many times, cases are left for months on the judge’s desk waiting for a decision. It is not fair to the victim(s) or the offender to leave a verdict hanging.
I hope to develop a productive and positive work place for the clerical staff. New sentencing methodologies, such as a community service work detail programs will be explored.
No one deserves to be hit or emotionally assaulted. Domestic abuse will get priority in my court as will DUI sentencing. DUI is a huge issue here in Montana. I have witnessed it first hand many times as a police officer. A person shouldn’t be afraid to drive at night.
I am the only candidate that fully understands fish and game law. Offenders will face stern sentencing in my rulings.
Most importantly I wish to make the office of Justice of the Peace a respected and accountable part of the judicial system for the citizens for which it serves
Treasurer Rick Schoening
Thank you for your interest in Rick Schoening for Lake County Justice of the Peace. If you have a question, concern, or would simply like to get in touch, please see the information below.
41694 Stasso road
Polson, MT 59860
Rick Schoening has deep roots in the community, and has long been dedicated to serving it. Rick came to this area in 1986 as your new State Game Warden. The complexity of law enforcement situations within the boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation were and continue to be challenging. Having a good grasp of this is critical to being Justice of the Peace. Rick has served this community as the Game Warden, Polson Police Patrol Officer and finished up as the Detective for Polson.
Rick earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. A graduate of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy with many 100's of hours in continuing education in application of law enforcement principles and constitutional case laws decisions. Rick is 64 years old,
lives west of Pablo with his wife Carolyn and his many pets. His two sons, Brendeon and Liam along with their families also make Lake County their home. If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch.