November 13, 2013 in City

Police Detective Doug Orr will run for Spokane County sheriff


Spokane police Detective Doug Orr is gearing up for a 2014 run against Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

Orr, who also serves as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Gonzaga University, filed paperwork Oct. 29 with the state Public Disclosure Commission declaring his intent to run for sheriff next year, which enables him to begin seeking campaign contributions. He couldn’t be reached Tuesday for comment, but documents show he already has collected $500.

Knezovich also has filed paperwork with the PDC indicating he’ll seek re-election, and he’s already raised nearly $35,000 for the campaign.

He was first appointed to the post by Spokane County commissioners in 2006 when former Sheriff Mark Sterk stepped down. Knezovich was elected to his first full term later that year following a bruising GOP primary clash with Sterk’s preferred successor, former Spokane Valley police Chief Cal Walker.

Knezovich was unopposed when he sought re-election in 2010.

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