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Jail, Turnover Topics Of Sheriff Debate

Item: Sheriff candidates face public: Five hopefuls state their case during forum/Alecia Warren, Press

More Info: Kootenai County has a high turnover of deputies, noted Keith Hutcheson on Wednesday night, and he believes it's clear why. "Where they're going is Spokane County," said Hutcheson, Coeur d'Alene Tribe police chief and candidate for Kootenai County sheriff. "They're making 22 percent more by crossing the state line." Deputy retention, as well as jail overcrowding and officer prioritization were among the issues analyzed on Wednesday at a forum of sheriff candidates, held by the Coeur d'Alene Police Officers Association. The approaching retirement of longtime Sheriff Rocky Watson has garnered five candidates campaigning to win the county's highest law enforcement position in the May 15 primary.

Question: Did you watch the debate? Thoughts?




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