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Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A former Texas deputy turned criminal justice lawyer is running for Kootenai County sheriff.

John Green, 52, is seeking the office's top spot as a Republican, aiming his campaign on finding solutions to ease jail crowding other than building a new facility, increasing deputy financial compensation as well as street presence as a crime deterrent, and supporting legislation to allow deputies more leeway on public intoxication calls.

"The position of sheriff, I think, is most crucial to restoring confidence in public government," Green said. "We need 100 percent transparent, accountable government. That cannot happen without a sheriff who is committed to open, transparent government."

Green has 10 years of law enforcement experience in Texas, with 300 arrests, most for felony violations, that he would bring to the post, he said, as well as 20 years of practicing law.

He would pursue other avenues for jail space rather than building a new facility, such as using existing county buildings, possibly even tents, to house inmates if it proved to be effective.

"We have to live with the facility that we have and that's going to call for some tough decisions," Green said. "Tough decisions like who is going to be locked up, and for how long."

Pursuing legislation for a public intoxication statute, similar to one in Texas, would allow deputies to hold intoxicated people for a short time rather than arrest them. That could ease deputies' workloads and jail space, he said.

"I'd draft the legislation myself and propose it," he said.

The office should also partner with other agencies and departments to invest in rehabilitation and treatment programs, instead of keeping non-violent offenders locked up.

"There are probably a lot of people in jail where the officers should have used their discretion not to make an arrest in the first place," Green said. "I can't control what the other agencies do, as sheriff, but I can certainly control what sheriff deputies do."

Green moved to Rathdrum in 2006. He ran unsuccessfully for sheriff twice in Texas, as well as for the Idaho District 5 Senate in 2010.

As a private attorney, he specializes in Internal Revenue Service tax law, often contracting as an educator for IRS agents and lawyers. His senate campaign called for eliminating the income tax in Idaho, a tax he called "misunderstood" and overreaching, but he said he is not anti-government.

Cases he's been involved in have questioned the reach of federal positions, he said, but he's defended the government as well, including in a Medicare fraud case against a provider under the Federal False Claims Act, which recovered $16 million.

He said the sheriff's office is "top heavy," and reshuffling high-up administrative positions would help the office pay its deputies more, as well as increase patrols.

Kootenai County is a relatively safe place, he said, and many burglaries are crimes of opportunity that could be prevented with increased patrol. Deputy visibility is an important deterrent.

"Immediately there is a physiological impact," he said of criminal behavior when they see law enforcement. "Especially when it's on a random basis, if there's no pattern."

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  • Thaddeus posted at 6:57 am on Wed, Feb 8, 2012.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    It's become abundantly clear that concerned-idiot was born without a functioning brain. Or it has a secret crush on this Thom person. Either way it's spooky.

  • garry posted at 7:06 pm on Tue, Feb 7, 2012.

    garry Posts: 38

    You make it entertaining and you still manage to keep it smart. I cant wait to read more from you. This is really a great blog. Garden Umbrella

  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:31 pm on Tue, Feb 7, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    thom doesn't even live here. He doesn't even have goods in his shorts let alone on Mr Green.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 9:30 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    Thaddeus: It sounds like you have the goods on Green. Fill us in.

  • Cody Wiench posted at 9:22 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Cody Wiench Posts: 355

    Why does it matter if he is a Republican? Does his stance on gay marriage affect his ability to be a good sheriff? Probably not.
    I will have to look up the details on the Texas legislation (since the story didn't really elaborate) that he is convinced is right for our area, because honestly, I don't like the sound of it. If an intoxicated person is in violation of the law, they need to be sent to jail, our cops can't baby sit them.

  • Thaddeus posted at 6:53 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    concernedidiot, I'm not Thom....... But keep on a tryin'.

  • 1voice posted at 6:25 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    1voice Posts: 56

    I support John Green 100% as he is the only one who seems to notice that we lock up too many people. How will 10 days in jail affect the high school boy caught with an unopened six-pack of beer? Let's see, he will be strip searched, cuffed and sit amid the cement that is jail surrounded by God knows what kind of people while he loses ground on his schoolwork. But even Green's idea of treatment is too much. I have seen too many people scarred by current law enforcement that is out of touch with the real world.

  • babydriver posted at 4:48 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OR Mr. Green could have just answered the questions/concerns right here rather than refer to web sites for the information.

    Or am I being too anonymous?

  • concernedcitizen posted at 4:44 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Mr. Green,

    thom, who doesn't even live here, is a puppet for the "GOOD OLE BOYS". Pay him no mind. The good Lord forgot to give him his own set of kahunas to show up and talk to you in person.

    The incompetent GOB clerk is gone, two of the six self serving GOB council members are gone, the rest of the self servers are on their way out along with the mayor and you will get the last of the "GOOD OLE BOYS"

    Thank you for being a breath of fresh air.

  • yarply posted at 3:13 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 505

    Sheriff candidate has law enforcement experience.....

    Well. You would hope so.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 12:43 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    Mr. Green, if you haven't already noticed there is a thin vein of liberal whacktards in this area that don't like ANYTHING, especially if it's from out of the area. They have their own little myopic view of the world and NOTHING will change that view.

    What happened is that they homed in on the fact that you're running as a Republican. From that point on, it really doesn't matter what you say or do. It is a true example of the vocal minority constantly trying to bully and shout down the majority. That's not to say that the majority will vote for you, mind you. But when I read the article in the print version this morning, I predicted that the trolls would be out in force to critique the "new guy".

    You could have said that you made 3000 arrests and had a 100% conviction rate...wouldn't matter. Wait till all the drug legalization crowd starts chiming in.

  • John Green posted at 10:17 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    John Green Posts: 8

    Dear "Will Penny" and "Thaddeaus"

    You may find the answers to your questions by taking advantage of the "Texas Public Information Act" which will give you access to all the information you seek.

    Or, you could just meet with me and ask questions to your hearts content. The only down side for you is that you would no longer be anonymous.


    John Green, Candidate

  • chouli posted at 9:58 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1294

    what are the educational requirements for entry level deputies? maybe the entry level requirements need to be raised to merit better pay...
    a change from the GOB routine sounds good but the whole Texas thing makes me a little sceptical...lets hear more...

  • concernedcitizen posted at 9:16 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I agree with REDLINE.

    "It's about time for a breath of fresh air in Kootenai County at the Sheriff's Office!

    We need a Sheriff that knows the basics! It's time for Watson and Wolfinger to go!

    Green for Sheriff!"

  • REDLINE posted at 8:22 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    REDLINE Posts: 101

    It's about time for a breath of fresh air in Kootenai County at the Sheriff's Office!

    We need a Sheriff that knows the basics! It's time for Watson and Wolfinger to go!

    Green for Sheriff!

  • I Carry posted at 8:11 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    I Carry Posts: 559

    HHMMMMM, I'm not certain how Mr. Green will provide the Deputies more pay when it seems the Commissioners might be downgrading what pay they (the Deputies) currently recieve. In fact, the proposed downgrades to gun carrying, POST certified Deputies positions might mean pay equal to what a person would make working in a box store or fast food outlet.
    Possibly, Mr. Green might think about running for Commisioner instead of Sheriff. The salary is higher and he would have a say in hiring folks to sweep snow off the tents he is proposing to use. I wonder if he has a big hat & a six shooter? Yeehaw!!!

  • mister d posted at 7:44 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Sounds good so far Mr. Green, lets hear more so we can make an informed decision. Other candidates, you have more to say?

  • Thaddeus posted at 7:37 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    "He ran unsuccessfully for sheriff twice in Texas, as well as for the Idaho District 5 Senate in 2010."

    Three time loser.

    As a private attorney, he specializes in Internal Revenue Service tax law............

    How'd that work out for you in Texas Mr. Green???

    ........but he said he is not anti-government.

    And a duck can't swim........

  • Truthful posted at 7:32 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Truthful Posts: 135

    It sounds like a new sheriff may be in town! It is refreshing to hear a different perspective on the Sheriff's position. One that the PEOPLE have been talking about for many years. It seems that John Green has worked his way up the system and knows it quite well. The good ol' boy network in this town is tight - he doesn't seem to be a part of it. Our Deputy Sheriff's deserve the respect and increase in pay for putting their lives on the line for us daily. I am glad to see this person sees that too.

  • Will Penny posted at 7:03 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Will Penny Posts: 333

    WOW!!!! 300 arrests in 10 years. About 220 working days a year for 10 years equals about 2200 days pushing a cop car around and he only made 300 Arrests?!?! One every 7 days!! What the heck was he doing the rest of the time, counting how many parking tickets he wrote?

    Also Johnny boy, how'd that Texas lawyer job end up for you? Even better, how's your Idaho lawyer job working out?

  • Thaddeus posted at 6:31 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    OK Green, since you opened the door, release your law enforcement personnel file so the public can verify your claims.

    My guess is he won't do it........ Too many skeletons and lack of documentation to back his claims.

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