Yellowstone County sheriff promotes 2 to captain ranks

2014-07-15T11:35:00Z 2014-07-16T22:16:04Z Yellowstone County sheriff promotes 2 to captain ranksGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder promoted two lieutenants to captains on Tuesday, citing their job dedication and responsibilities.

During the county commission’s board meeting, Linder presented Lts. Sam Bofto and Vince Wallis with their captain badges before a gathering of family, sheriff’s staffers and county employees.

Bofto, who has been overseeing the jail operations, is now captain of the jail division.

Bofto started with the sheriff’s department in 1995 and was promoted to sergeant in 2007 after going to work in the detectives division. He ran the division after the retirement of Lt. Ron Wilson in 2011.

Bofto then moved to the patrol division and was promoted to lieutenant, Linder said. When the jail commander position opened up last year with the retirement of Capt. Dennis McCave, Bofto transferred to the jail position.

Wallis began his Yellowstone County sheriff’s department career as a jail detention officer in 1993 then became a sworn officer and eventually was promoted to sergeant, Linder said. Wallis also was a canine officer while a sergeant.

Wallis was promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and most recently has been overseeing the detective division, including managing task force offices, where he will continue as captain.

Linder said he has discretion in making captain promotions but that there are tests and interviews for becoming a lieutenant.

With the promotion to captain comes a $2,670 salary boost, which is a 4 percent raise, said Scott Turner, finance director.

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