Major Ben Wolfinger has raised more money overall than his Independent opponents in a four-way race for Kootenai County sheriff, but he has less money on hand for the fall campaign than Independent Bob Foster. Wolfinger has raised $14767, including $850 in the last reporting… Read more
Occupation: code enforcement officer, Coeur d'Alene Police Department
On this race: Eliminate waste in budget, especially relating to use of staff. Improve performance appraisal process and clarify employee purpose and expectations. Redefine the department’s mission, values and ethics to regain and improve community confidence.
Notable: 40 years in law enforcement and public safety administration, including 17 years as police chief at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and in Willits, Calif. Law enforcement ethics instructor; FBI National Academy Graduate.
Last updated: Nov. 14, 2 p.m. Election results
|Ben Wolfinger (R)||39,739||72.46%|
|Bob Foster (I)||8,238||15.02%|
|Tom Dickson (I)||3,584||6.53%|
|Joe Bodman (I)||3,284||5.99%|
|Details & headlines about this race|
A little birdie in Independent Bob Foster’s campaign for Kootenai County sheriff tells Huckleberries: “The Coeur d’Alene Police Officers Association voted unanimously to endorse Bob Foster for Kootenai County Sheriff. The vote has been in the process for the past couple of weeks via the… Read more
I was watching a replay of wannabe John Green’s rant from the sheriff’s candidate forum in February about the “cowards” who hide in the dark “spreading hate & dissension” online, when the thought hit me: Bob Foster was wise to file as an Independent. Foster?… Read more
Monday Poll: Keith Hutcheson, chief of the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police, was the clear favorite in the five-way race to succeed Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson. Hutcheson attracted 189 of 320 votes (59.06%) to beat sheriff’s Major Ben Wolfinger, who was second with 97 of… Read more
John Green, a Kootenai County sheriff’s candidate, was present at the first meeting of United Conservatives of North Idaho, the re-invented Rally Right group, but was the only candidate to miss the sheriff’s forum sponsored by the Reagan Republicans Thursday. Jail expansion, unionization, deputy retention… Read more
At the sheriff’s candidates forum, sponsored by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, sheriff’s Major Ben Wolfinger talks with Bob Balser. HucksOnline received this report from sheriff’s forum staged by Reagan Republicans at noon today: “Ben Wolfinger’s theme seemed to be Wolfinger’s experience. Most Conservative Republicans… Read more
Republican Bob Foster, the former director of Hagadone Hospitality security and current code enforcement officer with the Coeur d’Alene police, has announced his candidacy for sheriff. Foster, of Post Falls, is a 37-year veteran of Law Enforcement having served 17 years as a chief of… Read more