October 2, 2007 in Idaho

Hutcheson offers fire and police experience

By The Spokesman-Review
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At a glance

Name: Keith Hutcheson

Age: 39

Occupation: Chief of police for Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Experience: Tribe’s police chief for two years, member of Kootenai County Fire and Rescue Commission for five years, former Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputy, K-9 trainer and evaluator, certified by Idaho State Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy, cross-deputized with sheriff’s departments in Kootenai County and with the city of Plummer, two years on Post Falls Parks and Recreation Commission, volunteer for nonprofits Youth First and Sports USA

Keith Hutcheson knows the bright and the gritty sides of Post Falls. A K-9 officer with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department for nine years, he now is the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s police chief.

Hutcheson is one of three candidates for the newly created two-year seat on the Post Falls City Council.

Community growth, he said, is one of the most pressing issues facing the city.

“I think I can bring the public safety aspect in,” Hutcheson said of the city’s expansion.

Hutcheson’s experiences in law enforcement and on the fire commission, he said, have converged to give him a different perspective.

“They need somebody on the board that’s worked on the street, talked to the people, been on emergency scenes and heard people talk about things – like the houses being burned in Montrose. You have to be able to listen to the people and we have to correct mistakes,” he said.

He credits the council for operating in a transparent fashion. And he thinks it has done a good job guiding the city and operating its urban renewal district.

“I want to continue to make Post Falls where it is now, a model city. I want to come in and make sure that it continues to run in a manner that is professionally done,” Hutcheson said.

This is the second time he’s campaigned for a council seat. He ran unsuccessfully in 2001.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Hutcheson moved in 1997 to Post Falls, where he’s raising a family.

“I’ve always given back to the community, done things with the kids and coached teams. I make my home there and I enjoy living there, and I want Post Falls to continue on the path where it’s a progressive city, not a stagnant city,” he said.

He’s unable to campaign as much as he’d like this fall because he’s training future drug-detection dogs for Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, he said.

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