BILLINGS, Mont. (1/31/11)--The Montana Credit Union Network (MCUN) is welcoming the state's new banking commissioner, Melanie S. Griggs, a trial lawyer from Louisiana. "We welcome Melanie to Big Sky Country and look forward to working with her on the important issues facing today's credit union movement," Tracie Kenyon, MCUN president/CEO, told News Now. Griggs will head a 39-employee division that regulates state-chartered and licensed financial institutions, including state chartered credit unions, banks, licensed mortgage brokers, mortgage lenders and nondepository institutions, according to the Billings Gazette (Jan. 25). Until December, Griggs was an attorney with St. Martin & Bourque of Houma, La. She has a law degree from Tulane Law School and a bachelor's degree in economics from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla. She succeeds Annie Goodwin, the state's long-time banking commission, who retired.