Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Rod Ostermiller of Yellowstone County

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines last week recognized Rod Ostermiller of Yellowstone County for nearly 30 years of service in law enforcement in Montana.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, each week Daines will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: HERE.

The following is a statement submitted to the Congressional Record:   


Mr. DAINES, Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing Rod Ostermiller of Yellowstone County for nearly 30 years of service in law enforcement in Montana.

Rod first entered law enforcement in 1991 at the age of 21 and moved up the ranks swiftly. In 2004, he became Chief Deputy Marshal and later served as acting US Marshal when his predecessor retired.

In 2018, I had the distinct honor of nominating Rod to become the US Marshal, which received unanimous approval in the United States Senate. He was then officially appointed by President Trump.

Rod is a Montana native from the south side of Billings. He later attended Montana State University to earn his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Since his retirement from law enforcement, Rod went on to become the Executive Director of the Mental Health Center in Billings, where he continues to help combat the meth crisis we have in Montana in a different capacity. He exemplifies what it means to make one’s community better.

It is my honor to recognize Rod for his decades of service to Montana’s law enforcement, and for his continued efforts to make Montana a safer and better place for all.