Lewiston Chief of Police Scott Yeiter begins duty
By Carol Boynton
Lewiston Journal Editor
45 year old Scott Yeiter has been hired and has begun his new duties as the new Chief of Police in Lewiston. “I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of the residents of Lewiston and the surrounding areas. So far the people I have met have been very welcoming and happy to have a new officer in place.”
“My work experience has been progressive in responsibility and has helped shape the officer I have become today. As a patrolman, I took classes on advanced interviewing and interrogation along with crime scene processing. I served as union president for 10 years and upon taking my current position, it helped me to understand both sides of the management/subordinate role. In my prior role as Chief Deputy in Houston County, I am directly responsible for running the day to day operations of the Officer, consisting of approximately 35 employees. My prior responsibilities included evaluating, coaching, and disciplining employees, evaluating and ordering equipment, budgeting, and maintaining good relations with police departments in the County,” reflected New Chief of Police Scott Yeiter.
“I chose to come to Lewiston because I was not selected as the Chief Deputy with the new sheriff of Houston county and I did not want to move backward in my positions. So I sought out the position of Chief of Police for Lewiston. I was familiar with the situation and history of Lewiston and I also helped out during a few investigative times. I was selected and I am very excited to begin my service here.”
“I believe I stay calm in emergency situations and my skills include: emergency planning, search and seizure procedures, court testimony, culturally sensitive, interrogation techniques, excellent report writing, probation and parole knowledge, de-escalation, advance training in crime scene investigation, extensive emergency management training, successful presenter/trainer, regional radio advisory committee chair, policy writer, employee evaluation, coaching, discipline, proficient traffic law, and criminal law knowledge.”
Chief Yeiter has served as Chief Deputy 02/2007 to current for Houston County Sherriff’s Office
Police Officer 09/1995 to 02/2007 for the La Cresent Police Department and Police Reserve, 02/1988 to 09/1995 for the La Crescent Police Reserve.
He received his Associate of Arts from Rochester Community College in Criminal Justice in 1995.“As far as my role as Police Chief, I like things to be very transparent throughout the department. I believe in being very open to the public. My first official act was to bring in the program Lexipol for a risk management program with the idea to set good expectations to get good results.”
“At present I am working at a bit of catch up work and sorting things out in the office. I’ve been visiting some of the local businesses and hearing their concerns. I’ve had lunch at some of the local restaurants and have had the opportunity to meet many good citizens of the area and looking forward to meeting many more.”