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Cd'A police officers union endorses Foster

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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 9:43 am

The Coeur d’Alene Police Officers Association announced its endorsement of Bob Foster for Kootenai County Sheriff.

"Foster, former chief of police of 17 years and candidate for Kootenai County Sheriff, represents a valuable opportunity for county law enforcement and residents of Kootenai County," says a prepared statement issued by Rory Johnson, president of the association. "The former chief and current code enforcement officer for Coeur d’Alene Police Department will bring to the office of sheriff 40 years of impressive experience, proven professional leadership, and education that will provide fresh leadership for county law enforcement, government, and improved community relations."

The association comprises sworn and non-sworn personnel through the office of sergeant.

Foster is one of three independents running for sheriff in the November election. Independents Joe Bodman and Tom Dickson will also be on the ballot.

Ben Wolfinger is the Republican candidate for sheriff.

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  • majorissue posted at 12:12 pm on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    majorissue Posts: 2

    One other thing I'd like to add is the endorsement of Ed Santos, owner of Center Target Sports. Ed was a Kootenai County Reserve Deputy for more than 9 years, went through their FTO (field training officer) program and attained the status of single officer unit, capable of performing deputy functions and assigned to a patrol car without a regular deputy also in the car. Ed's endorsement below states who he is and why he's supporting Bob Foster for Sheriff.

    My name is Ed Santos. I am the owner/founder of Center Target Sports and The
    Tactical Services Group. I have dedicated my life to training Law Enforcement
    officers around the world. I spent over 9 years as a Reserve Deputy in the
    Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. I am very concerned about the current
    state of our local Sheriff's Department. The people of Kootenai County and the
    men and women who work for the Sheriff's Department all deserve an agency led by
    a progressive thinking, compassionate, experienced, and best qualified Sheriff
    possible. That is why Bob Foster is my choice for Sheriff. We cannot allow
    this vitally important agency within our community to continue to operate the
    way it has for so many years. Now is the time to elect a leader that will
    establish a Sheriff's Department that will be responsive to the community's
    needs, tough on crime, work within its budget all while providing a work
    environment where its employees will be proud to be a part of and ultimately
    serve this community like never before.

    For more information on this and other endorsements go to or to his face book page. We have a golden opportunity to to the right thing for our county. Compare the candidates, use common sense based on the facts and then when you vote in November you will know you made the right choice. With Bob Foster as Sheriff you will feel the same a year later as we continue to reap the benefits of finally having a progressive Sheriff's Department.

  • majorissue posted at 9:34 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    majorissue Posts: 2

    The Floorist is absolutely correct. He/she either is or knows someone in local law enforcement. Ask anyone, from any law enforcement department in the area who knows Ben Wolfinger and you will be very hard pressed finding someone in support of him. What you see is what you get. In fact, ask anyone in the county government that he supervises or communicates with. Generally speaking, if they know him they don't like him.

    Ben's bio from the Sheriff's Department's website indicates he volunteers in many community activities, but see if you can find one thing he has done for the Sheriff's Department that hasn't been totally self serving.

    He's been passed for Undersheriff twice, once the Sheriff went outside the department to bring in Tad Leach and most recently he promoted Travis Channey to the position, though it was well known Ben wanted the position.

    Compare his education to the others at the SD. He has had the opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA, the most prestigious law enforcement training available, yet he declined to attend. In the past the Command staff at the SD suggested he obtain more college education if he wanted to be Sheriff. It hasn't happened.

    Take all of this and compare it to that of Bob Foster. Mr Foster's education and training speaks volumes. His ideas are current, fresh and positive for the citizens of Kootenai County, more so, for the employees of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. He isn't looking for the Sheriff's position as a stepping stone to higher things. He wants to offer the best he has to that department.

    The Cd'A Police Association knows and works with both of these candidates. They have wisely chosen the most qualified to endorse.

  • the floorist posted at 7:34 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331

    By virtue of the shooting of Justin Todd I've come to know a great many people involved in law enforcement locally and abroad. The over all concensus is Mr. Wolfinger isn't very well liked in his #2 role with the KCSO and if the police union is backing another candidate then this too proves Wolfinger isn't exactly respected by most of his peers. New recruit/rookie hires detest the Major and can't wait for their two year no-compete contract to expire so they can get the heck out of Dodge.
    Word is, Ben's as bright as a bag of hammers. Money isn't the reason deputies move on to greener's the management.

    I've even heard from officers who hate the way the jail is run...Ben's only goal in life is too keep that sucker as full as possible with non-violent petty charges which primarily is zealously sought after recidivism. It's like shooting fish in a barrel...

  • JonUSMC posted at 6:27 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    JonUSMC Posts: 95

    I'm sure there will be candidates other than Ben. No matter who wins, there will be changes-not necessary for the better. One can always do a write in campaign. No matter who wins, we may still be crying a year from now. Look at Obama.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 8:49 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2304

    Those folks vowing to vote for Ben are the same ones who will be crying a year from now that nothing has changed at the Sheriff's Department.

  • rollingthunder posted at 4:39 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    rollingthunder Posts: 350

    That convinces me to vote for Ben!!

  • LTRLTR posted at 2:31 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    I have to agree with JonUSMC that Foster does not handle code enforcement very well and his customer service to the community is inadequate because he has doesn't return phone calls. He does not have my support.

  • JonUSMC posted at 1:22 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    JonUSMC Posts: 95

    Good Lord!! If he runs the sheriffs department like he handles city code enforcement, we'll all be in trouble. Maybe they just endorsed him on the "good old boy" principle. If he was such a great cop elsewhere, why is he only doing code enforcement here?

  • Rogue Cop posted at 12:37 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2304

    ancient...he worked for Oakland PD as a Sergeant and Willits PD as a Chief of Police before his stints as a University Police Chief.

  • the floorist posted at 11:45 am on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331

    The ol' Maj is gonna have some 'splainin' to do come October...endorsing Bob Foster is a safe move, believe it.

  • ancientemplar posted at 11:40 am on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1170

    I can't find anywhere the name of the law enforcement organization in which Bob Foster was the chief. Rumor has it that he was the chief Campus Cop at two California institutions of higher learning. Can anyone shed light on this?

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