Written by Darla Shumway
About two weeks ago, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office underwent a realignment of personnel. John Summers was promoted to the undersheriff’s position.
Summers has been with the sheriff’s office since 2008. Prior to 2008, he was with the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice for approximately 17 years.
His training has been extensive. He completed Basic Academy and Federal Law Enforcement Training in Artesia, N.M., in 1997. He completed Montana State Academy in 2008. While with the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and the Roosevelt County Sheriffs Office, he gained supervisory experience in addition to completing work schedules, setting up coverage for events such as the Wild Horse Stampede.
Summers is originally from Poplar and now lives in Wolf Point, so, he not only knows the area, he knows the people that he serves and protects. Having worked with many personnel within the Wolf Point City Police, Poplar City Police, the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice, he knows the strengths and weakness of staff which enables him to assign personnel accordingly.
When asked if the recent changes within the sheriff’s office was affecting operations, he emphatically stated that it is not. Everyone is talking to everyone else and there has been no tension to deal with within the department.
Summers has been married for almost 14 years to his wife, Stacy. He has a daughter, two sons and a step-son.
He likes to workout at the wellness center, running and lifting weights. He also enjoys playing basketball and coaching youth basketball teams in addition to working with his son as he plays basketball, wrestles and boxes.
His middle son is in AAU wrestling in Wolf Point.
Summers enjoys photography and watching sporting events. He also enjoys writing. In fact, he was a photojournalist with the Wotanin Wowapi.