HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday appointed Pat Smith, a Missoula attorney who specializes in Indian and natural resources law, as one of Montana’s two representatives on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

He also appointed two people to top jobs in the state Department of Administration.

Bullock selected Ronald Baldwin as the state’s chief information officer to replace Dick Clark.

He reappointed Melanie Hall as the state banking and financial institutions commissioner.

Smith, 60, lives in Arlee. An enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe, he has practiced law in Montana for 30 years, dealing with a range of legal issues, including state-tribal agreements, natural resource law, water rights and economic development. During that time, he served as an in-house attorney with the Salish-Kootenai Tribal Legal Department.

Most recently, Smith served as one of the five members of the Montana Redistricting and Apportionment Commission.

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a law degree, both from the University of Montana.

“With the renegotiation of the Columbia River treaty now under way, it is an especially important time for Montana to have a proven consensus builder on the council, and Pat fits that bill,” Bullock said. “He has made a career of working with others to balance a wide range of competing interests and I believe he will ensure that Montana’s needs are recognized and respected.”

Smith will fill the seat held by Rhonda Whiting, who served eight years on the council as an appointee of Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

The job pays $101,329 annually.

Bullock also is considering applications for the other council seat. Former Rep. Bruce Measure, D-Kalispell, held the job for eight years under Schweitzer.

As for the Department of Administration officials, Baldwin will assume the state CIO job after filling a similar role at the Department of Public Health and Human Services. He holds a project management professional credential and is an adjunct professor in that program at Carroll College.

His career includes 30 years as a leader and manager responsible for developing and implementing information technology solutions in both the public and private sectors.

Baldwin graduated from San Diego State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree, and earned an associate degree in computer science from Coleman College, also in San Diego, in 1982.

His annual salary is $111,623 a year.

Hall will stay on as commissioner of the Banking and Financial Institutions Division, a job she has held since January 2011. Her salary is $99,500 a year.

As banking commissioner, Hall supervises a staff of 37 and is responsible for licensing and examining the financial entities that do business in Montana and overseeing the complaint and enforcement process for consumers of financial services.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and a law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2003. Hall previously worked as an attorney in private practice in Louisiana.

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