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Bodman running for Kootenai sheriff

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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:00 am

After 27 years in law enforcement, former Post Falls city councilman Joe Bodman believes he is well groomed to serve as Kootenai County sheriff.

Running as an Independent candidate, Bodman would pump change into county law enforcement, he said.

"That department has been run the same for the last, well, since 1989," said Bodman, who served 13 years with the county Sheriff's Department before leaving to join the Spokane County Sheriff's Department. "It's time for someone who's going to look outside the box."

Bodman would target wasteful spending he believes is happening in the department, he said. The 54-year-old is confident he could run the office under a conservative budget, he added.

"The Post Falls city council position gave me experience in managing departments and department heads and in looking at budgets," he said of his 12 years on the council.

Dubious of the private-funding idea proposed for a new jail, Bodman said he would take a different approach to the facility's overcrowding.

The answer lies in convincing the legislature to amend laws so certain offenses no longer land people behind bars, he said.

Non-violent crimes could be better deterred by piling on fees, Bodman said.

"You've got guys sitting in jail who are driving while suspended, who have DUIs," he said. "What better way to get these people than in the pocketbook?"

Bodman could also reduce department turnover, he said, which he attributes to wage levels and struggling morale.

Bodman has an associate's degree in law enforcement after attending Spokane Community College and North Idaho College. The Post Falls resident has been a field training officer for 14 years. He has accumulated 4,000 training hours, he said.

Bodman has been married 25 years and has three children.

He hopes voters will look past party affiliation when choosing their sheriff, he said, explaining his Independent status as weariness with party infighting.

"The sheriff is a person who protects all citizens of Kootenai County, not just Republicans, not just Democrats," Bodman said.

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  • Rogue Cop posted at 12:31 pm on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2368

    Just doing my civic duty, Jeffy! Pointing out to the public there are know-it-alls out there (you) who really know nothing but have an exalted opinion of themselves. You're kinda hung up on slavery these days. Are you from the deep south?

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 4:30 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    And as always, you add nothing to the conversation, but plenty to the trollish environment. Thanks again for your contribution to the bell curve. Without people of your particularly low level of comprehension the standard deviation would be flatlined.

    But you accidently (I am sure) do contribute, as an example; The Slavers are/were like the internet trolls of today, they both are a drag to humanity's growth.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 2:19 pm on Sun, Sep 16, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2368

    Ole Wherley'd be the one who knows about flippin burgers, I reckon.

    Wherley's career dialogue has been limited to, "Paper or plastic. ma'am?" and "Would you like fries with that, sir?" But he does have a law degree...just axe him!

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 9:46 am on Sun, Sep 16, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    local res Ah, you're a Big Government Pro-Slavery Progressive.

    Your entire comment moves toward enslaving the guilty, fully compliant with the 13th amendment, by creating conditions that are impossible to every finish. Thus, Creating a Bigger Government to track and control these people. We now Fully understand your mental defect.

    How can anyone ever pay off heavy fines without a Drivers licence today, Every Application has that question on it, even flipping burgers is out for them?
    How can anyone ever pay of their costs of incarceration, with 5 years of jail time, poor Job record from 10 years of no or unverifiable jobs?

    You're worse than the Slavers of the early World History, they enslaved them but GAVE them purpose in live. You are calling for enslaving people and taking all purpose from their lives.

  • local res posted at 10:02 pm on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    Hit the DUI hard, jail them on the first offence. No plea deals allowed, you drink or drug and drive you lose your car and the right to drive for 5 years for the first offence. Second DUI, no plea deals and five years in the pen with paying all cost for your incarceration. Third DUI, no plea deals and life in the state pen. Driving with suspended license, no plea deals and two years in the state pen and no driving privileges again for life. Smoking pot a misdemeanor with the fine of $5000. Molest a child automatic life in prison in general population.

  • smilinidaho posted at 6:22 pm on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    smilinidaho Posts: 2

    No one wants drunks back out on the streets but putting them in jail only delays them being back on the street. It does cost the county a great deal of money to keep these offenders locked up. I would agree that greatly increasing the fines of the DUI offenders as well as requiring them to attend meetings would make a difference. If anyone of us had the choice of sitting in jail for a few days or paying large fines, many of us would probably choose a little jail time rather than pay, for example a $2500 first offense fine. What is currently in place is not working and is only costing the county money. Change in the Sheriff office is greatly needed. Doesn't anyone else think that if we elect a Sheriff who is currently employed in the Sheriff's office, that wet will be just continuing the cycle we are already on? We need someone fresh, someone who does not have the current procedures ingrained into him.

  • smilinidaho posted at 6:01 pm on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    smilinidaho Posts: 2

    How nice it would be to have Sheriff who is not interested in pleasing any political party. I would love a Sheriff who is more concerned with serving the residents who employee him. I personally am tired of having a Sheriff in office that makes decisions based on what pleases his political party. I want a Sheriff who will make or at least consider making decisions based on what the hard working people of his county want. How refreshing to have a Sheriff who will work with his community, not stand above it? It is time to have a Sheriff in Kootenai County who is interested in making changes that will keep our deputies, whom we have invested money and training into, from wanting to seek employment elsewhere. Joe Bodman will have my vote!!

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 4:52 pm on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    A sheriff does have allot of lobbying power, that things don't get changed is in part because sheriff have become followers instead of the leaders they are supposed to be.

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 2:18 pm on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    Ah, a bridge troll talking about the sun and outside. Unique

    There are few people in America that have seen as much of this Union in their life, as I do in a month. Sorry to further disillusion your fantasy of the world.

  • Ziggy posted at 12:44 pm on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1208

    We do need changes but the sheriff can't make them. The sheriff does not control the courts.
    At the state level--we need to legalize at least marijuana. Incarcerating someone for having or smoking marijuana is ridiculous when having or consuming alcohol is much more dangerous to the consumer and the public. We waste millions putting people away for smoking or selling marijuana.
    We actually should legalize all drugs, tax them, etc. The price should come way down. Farmers in South America could grow these legally and sell them and not be afraid of being incarcerated.
    It would put the drug cartels out of business, but they would probably enter some other type of illegal activity. A crook is a crook is a crook.
    Now many people think that legalizing drugs would cause us all to run out and immediately become heroin addicts. That is absurd. If anyone wants to do that, they can do it now. Most people are sensisble and would never consider it. That type of thinking is just plain silly.
    There should be an educational element in that there should be some graphic films shown that show just what happens to an addict, be it any addict, be it to drugs, alcohol, chocolate, hamburgers, beer, cigarettes. Most of these are drugs and those that aren't have addictive characteristics.

  • CaiusCosades posted at 11:59 am on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    Jeff Wherley, there's this really awesome place called "outside" it's truly wonderful. Usually there's a hot ball in the sky we humans call "the sun" that really makes you feel good! Even sometimes water falls from above we call it rain! There are even other humans out there that you can interact with! Anyways, this "outside" place can be a really great experience. You should try it sometime!

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 9:21 am on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    You have a better platform so far, than the rest of them. Anyone but Wolfy though will do for my liking's.

    The Independent tag is not a problem, the republicans I know better fit as independent than RNC followers.

    I would like to know more about your ideas on retention, willy-nilly pay and benefit raises have only made public servants more wanton and entitlement driven, not better servants.

  • NoName posted at 7:56 am on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    NoName Posts: 253

    ""You've got guys sitting in jail who are driving while suspended, who have DUIs," he said. "What better way to get these people than in the pocketbook?""

    I prefer NOT to put drunk drivers back on our roads to save a dime.

  • IdahoMan posted at 2:56 am on Sat, Sep 15, 2012.

    IdahoMan Posts: 100

    A couple of questions for Mr. Bodman and anyone else running for Kootenai County sheriff:

    1.) How do you feel about the "BOSS" system cameras at the intersections?
    2.) How do you feel about "Constitutional Carry"*?

    *Legislation that would strike-out language in current Idaho law that make it a crime to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

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