Benton E. "Ben" Wolfinger
City: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Occupation: Sheriff, Kootenai County
Education background: Earned associate of science degree in law enforcement from North Idaho College, and advanced and management certificates from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy.
Political background: Elected sheriff in 2012. Served as Coeur d’Alene City Councilman from December 2000 to January 2006. Served on the Governor’s Traffic Safety Commission for about 15 years.
Work experience: Wolfinger was hired as a deputy in 1983, at age 21, and has worked in or managed all aspects of the sheriff’s department since then. He has worked as a North Idaho College Law Enforcement Program Instructor and is past chairman of the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.
Family: Married. Has two sons.
|Benton E. (Ben) Wolfinger (R)||5,489||43.10 %|
|Keith Hutcheson (R)||3,795||29.80 %|
|John Green (R)||3,450||27.10 %|
In the “Chip Off the Old Block” department, a Bayview man owes his life to a Kootenai County sheriff’s deputy who didn’t shoot first and ask questions later. Deputy Brad Wolfinger found himself facing an armed domestic-abuse suspect when he answered a call in Bayview on Monday.
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…
Both Keith Hutcheson and Ben Wolfinger have outraised Tea Party candidate John Green in the three-way GOPrimary race to replace Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson. Hutcheson (who is supported by Reagan Republicans & Reasonable Republicans) had a warchest of $21,652 including donations, in-kind contributions and…
John Green AGE: Not given
The Phantom Photographer of Huckleberries Online snapped this shot of the three Republican sheriff’s candidate during the “speed-dating” event staged by the local Tea Party at the Greyhound Park: (from left) sheriff’s Mayor Ben Wolfinger, Keith Hutcheson and John Green. Question: Why is Ben Wolfinger…
After nearly three decades with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, Ben Wolfinger said he is ready to tackle the county’s highest law enforcement position. “It’s time to step up and be a leader,” said Wolfinger, a major with the sheriff’s department who has filed to…
Herb Huseland: Why anyone would want a hard right or hard left sheriff is beyond my comprehension. The ideal law enforcement officer is politically neutral, constitutionally correct and community oriented.An example of this in Ben Wolfinger is last year’s Athol Daze Parade. The community was…
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?…
On his Facebook wall, Adam Johnson, one of five candidates for the Kootenai County GOP nod, posts: “During the Sheriffs Candidate forum last night, one of the other candidates (sheriff’s Major Ben Wolfinger) equated the sheriffs department to a paramilitary organization. A statement I wholeheartedly…
Keith Hutcheson, former Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police chief (left), and sheriff’s Major Ben Wolfinger mull a question at the candidates forum for the Kootenai County Republican sheriff’s nomination at Coeur d’Alene Library Wednesday night. I consider these two the most qualified of five-man field. Observations:…