Officials estimate vice president’s Billings visit cost $35K
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Billings area law enforcement agencies say a recent visit from Vice President Mike Pence cost their departments almost $35,000.
The Billings Gazette reports the Billings Police Department incurred a majority of the security costs, approximately $20,000.
Montana Highway Patrol Chief Keith Edgell says the visit cost his department about $8,500. Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder says his agencies costs totaled about $6,000.
Pence came to Billings last month to rally support for State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who is running against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.
Billings Police Chief Rich St. John says about 45 of his officers helped provide security for the event, for a total of 647 overtime hours.
Police Lt. Brandon Wooley says the department is working to determine if it can receive any reimbursement for the costs.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com