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… Major Ben Wolfinger will be sworn in Monday (along with Commissioners Dan Green and Todd Tondee and Prosecutor Barry McHugh) to replace Rocky Watson. But do you know how many sheriffs have served in Kootenai County over the last 36 years? Ben will be the fourth sheriff to serve since Rocky Watson was elected to a one-year term, as a Democrat, from 1976 to 1980. Rocky lost a re-election bid to Merf Stalder, 1980-88. Who lost a re-election bid to then Democrat Pierce Clegg, 1988-99. Who became a Republican and later stepped down to be replaced by Watson. Who will finish is third term in the Rocky II era Monday. You can find a list of Kootenai County sheriffs dating back to 1932 here.

Question: What will be Rocky Watson's legacy?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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