BILLINGS – Lt. Tim Neiter, the assistant commander at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, retired Tuesday after 33 years as a jailer.
What kept him going? Neiter says family.
“You have to have the backup from family, from your wife, from your kids,” he said. “This is a tough enough business and without that backup from home, that’s so important. That’s pretty tough to carry on at times. That and church, those are the two strongest pillars.”
He also added: “You have your coworkers who have your back at any given time. You know that when you call out for assistance, for help, they are there immediately. That dependence on each other is critical and our facility and our staff, we back each other up.”
Neiter was a part of the original jail when it was on the 8th floor of the county courthouse on April 1, 1986. The new supervision detention facility was the first of its kind in the state and Neiter helped develop protocols for the new facility.
On September 30, 1995, Neiter was promoted to lieutenant, a position he has held until his retirement.
“Along with being one of the top commanders at the facility, Lt. Neiter has held positions as Montana Sheriff and Peace officers association board member as well as employment to the POST council to Governor Bullock,” said Sheriff Mike Linder.
Neiter has been through the two major renovations at the facility, and Linder said during his tenure, “Neiter’s biggest attribute is his ability to manage the population of a critically overcrowded facility.”
What’s next for Neiter?
He jokes and says his wife isn’t retired yet, so he has to back her up.
“Lord knows if I don’t get up and make her coffee her day will go bad so he will still have that duty,” he said.
Neiter said he will be taking it easy for a while and looks forward to taking part in the rest of the world.