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Piocos Hired As Deputy County Attorney

Frank A. Piocos was hired by the Roosevelt County Commissioners as the deputy county attorney at the regular meeting Feb. 6. Piocos filled the position which was left vacant by Anna Rose Sullivan who left the position to pursue private practice.

Piocos started work in the position in March.


Piocos is a Great Falls native and graduate of Charles M. Russell High School. After high school, Piocos attended Montana State University - Bozeman. He graduated law school from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif., in May 2000.


Piocos passed the Montana state bar exam in July 2000. He has been an attorney for over 17 years.


“Extensive” would be a good way to describe Piocos’ wealth of experience. He was a public defender in Billings for six years from 2004 until 2010.


However, Piocos said he spent most of his career in solo private practice. He was an attorney in Havre from 2000 until 2004. He also ran a private practice in Glasgow from 2010 until 2018.


Piocos said that he was drawn to the deputy county attorney position because he decided in 2016 that he wanted a change of pace so that he could do something different.
“So, I spent 2017 slowly closing my law office in Valley County,” said Piocos.


Piocos said that he applied for the deputy county attorney position in January this year and was interviewed by Roosevelt County Attorney Ralph “Jim” Patch.


“I’ve always been interested in becoming a prosecutor,” said Piocos, “So when he offered me the position, I was so excited. It’s a good fit for me.”
Piocos was officially sworn in by District Court Judge David Cybulski Feb. 27 and began work March 1.


“In my legal career, I have handled over 3,500 criminal cases,” said Piocos, “I have also tried hundreds of misdemeanor and felony jury trials.”
Those cases ran the gambit from DUI to negligent homicide, according to Piocos.


“So, I have a lot of jury trial experience,” said Piocos.


Piocos hopes to bring his experience, insight and fresh perspective to the justice system in Roosevelt County.