Mike Batista

Mike Batista

Mike Batista brought a 30-year career in law enforcement to the Montana Department of Corrections upon becoming director in January 2013.

Appointed by Governor Steve Bullock, Batista is a Great Falls native and was administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigations in the state Department of Justice for two decades before taking the corrections post.

Batista was an investigator with the Montana Justice Department from 1983-1987 and began his career in law enforcement as an intern in the Victim and Witness Assistance Unit of the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office in 1982.

Batista graduated from C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls and obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Eastern Washington University in 1982.  He is a 1987 graduate of the FBI Academy, Drug Enforcement Administration Division, where he specialized in investigations, intelligence and management training.

Batista and his wife Shelly have two grown sons.



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