Sheriff Rieger honored

The Carbon County Sheriff Tom Rieger received distinguished honors at the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association event in Bozeman, May 29, when he was awarded the Distinguished Career plaque.

 

 

 

Photo by Alastair Baker Left - Carbon County Undersheriff Dan McJunkin presents Sheriff Tom Rieger with his Distinguished Career award from the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.
Photo by Alastair Baker
Left – Carbon County Undersheriff Dan McJunkin presents Sheriff Tom Rieger with his Distinguished Career award from the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

 

Posted Friday, July 4, 2014

By Alastair Baker CCN News Editor

The Carbon County Sheriff Tom Rieger received distinguished honors at the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association event in Bozeman, May 29, when he was awarded the Distinguished Career plaque.

Rieger said he was “very proud and honored”.

Rieger has served 43 1/2 years in law enforcement. He started with the Baker police force in 1971 and stayed until 1977. He was promoted to sergeant and in charge of narcotics investigations and involved with numerous drug arrests. He went to the Montana Highway Patrol Academy in 1977 and was awarded the Detachment Officer of the Year eight times, and Officer of the Year under the Montana Highway Patrol. He has also been awarded outstanding officer for two years in a row.

Rieger served as a Montana Highway Patrolman for another 26 1/2 years until retiring to become undersheriff with Carbon County in 2003. He worked for three and one-half years under Sheriff Lance Bourquin and ran for  Sheriff in 2006.

In his time with the Carbon County Sheriff’s Department, he made many improvements – updating dispatch to a data base system which actively records all information to a server for reliable record documentation. Dispatch was totally remodeled and secured with detention style doors and locks with video monitoring of the entire building. Rieger also applied for numerous grants for a full-time ninth deputy, bulletproof vests, radars, and in-car video systems.

      



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