Dave McAlpin was appointed to a six-year MTAB term by Governor Bullock in 2013 and unanimously confirmed by a vote of the state Senate. In January of 2015 he was designated Chairman. Before joining the Board, he directed the Montana State Crime Laboratory for the Attorney General from 2009-2012. McAlpin served three terms in the Montana House of Representatives as a member of the Taxation committee from 2005-2009. He was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the interim Revenue and Transportation Committee with legislative oversight of the Montana Dept. of Revenue. As Chief Deputy Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court from 1995-1998, he gained extensive experience in case management, court procedures, and court administration. McAlpin has a BA from the University of Montana and grew up on the family dairy farm near Polson. Since his appointment to the Board, he has taken certified courses and passed examinations by the International Association of Assessing Officers in real estate appraisal and income methodology. He has also successfully completed course work in opinion writing and rulings on evidence for Administrative Law Judges provided by the National Judicial College. He successfully completed the program for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications, Energy and Transportation properties at Wichita State University in in 2014 and 2017.

Address:  P.O. Box 200138 560 N. Park Avenue Suite 201, Helena MT 59620-0138

Phone:  (406) 444-9570

Term of Appointment:  January 1, 2013 - January 1, 2025



Steve Doherty

Steve Doherty was appointed to the Montana Tax Appeal Board by Governor Steve Bullock in January, 2015.  His legal career was in private practice and he has been  a member of the Montana and Oregon State Bars for over twenty five years, as well as membership in numerous Tribal Bars, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Claims Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He served three terms In the Montana State Senate from  Great Falls.  As a legislator, he served on the Senate Taxation and numerous other committees and in leadership positions.  He was appointed by the Governor and then served as Chairman of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.  He has also served as the Senior Adviser for the Northwest for the United States Secretary of the Interior.  He was born and raised in Great Falls, his undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree is from Lewis and Clark in Oregon.


Address:  P.O. Box 200138 560 N. Park Avenue Suite 201, Helena MT 59620-0138

Phone:  (406) 444-9570

Term of Appointment:  January 1, 2015 - January 1, 2021




Eric Stern was appointed to the Board in July of 2019. He previously served as senior counsel and senior advisor  to governors Schweitzer and Bullock, advising them on a broad range of policy, legal and strategic matters, including constitutional questions, economic policy, natural resource policy, campaign finance, ethics, and voting rights. He provided substantial input to the formation of tax policy and authored Governor Schweitzer's tax reforms for renewable energy. He has also served as Montana's Deputy Secretary of State, as a lawyer at Earthjustice Legal Defense fund, as an aide in the Clinton Administration, and as Governor Schweitzer's campaign manager. He is also a commentator on politics and current affairs--his writing has been published in the New York Times and Salon and he has appeared as a contributor on MSNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV,and is a regular guest on Montana's Face the State. He has lectured at Columbia University, the University of Montana and Montana State University. He attended Columbia University Law School and Connecticut College, and is admitted to the practice of law in New York and Montana.


Address:  P.O. Box 200138 560 N. Park Avenue Suite 201, Helena MT 59620-0138

Phone:  (406) 444-9570

Term of Appointment:  2019