Bill Dial has been a law enforcement officer for 37 years. He started his career with the Illinois State Police where he worked as a patrol officer, undercover drug agent, and criminal investigator. He rose through the ranks to command two drug task forces and the Bureau of Training for the Illinois State Police. He became the Administrative Commander of a suburban Chicago Patrol District comprising over 100 troopers.
In 2001, Bill became the Chief of Police in Whitefish. In 2007, he was granted a leave of absence to serve a year in Afghanistan as a contractor, teaching Afghans modern policing. During his time in Afghanistan, he was promoted to Deputy Contingent Commander and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of 650 police trainers and a half billion dollar budget. He has served as the Vice President of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police and as a member of the Montana Citizens Advisory Committee to Corrections.
Bill has a Master Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and is a graduate of the Illinois State Police Command College. Prior to becoming a police officer, Bill taught high school for nine years. He is an avid hunter, skier and races annually in the North American Police Ski Championships, a fund raiser for Special Olympics.
He and his wife Jo Ann, a professional writer, have two children and three grandchildren.