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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 12:00 am

The public lobby at the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office will be open one hour less each weekday so staff will have more time to deal with a deluge of people seeking concealed weapons permits and more paperwork being created by sex offenders.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger announced Thursday that the lobby will now be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"This will leave the last hour of the business day for employees to process all of the requests and permit applications that come in daily," Wolfinger said, in a press release.

He said the increase in the office's workload is matched with a decrease in staff available to deal with it.

The number of concealed weapons permit applications has gone up 60 percent this year, Wolfinger said, and "primary and updated registration of sex offenders" has increased 157 percent.

"This is in addition to the increasing workload of inmate files, criminal and accident reports and other paperwork generated by the deputies in the sheriff's office," he said.

In a message to The Press, Wolfinger said the number of sex offenders in Kootenai County has not risen significantly.

"But they are moving more often and updating their addresses," Wolfinger said.

The sheriff's office's online sex offender database, accessed through the agency's website (www.kcsheriff.com), listed 353 registered offenders living in the county as of Thursday evening.

In June, the sheriff's office stopped processing concealed weapons permit applications and renewals on Mondays, to give staff extra time to handle paperwork generated by incidents taking place over the weekends.

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  • BorneNIdaho posted at 4:41 pm on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    BorneNIdaho Posts: 142

    Maybe it they would stop arresting people for bs crimes like "pedestrian under the influence" and "open container" and who knows what else, they wouldn't have such a workload. Usually when a business has more work they extend the hours, not decrease them. Maybe it is time to look at priorities, and stop wasting our money on paperwork?

  • Truthful posted at 11:24 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    Truthful Posts: 135

    It seems that this Sheriff's Office lacks supervision on handling their time well. The attitude of the workers is awful! The Sheriff and this office are creating false "hurdles" for people to NOT receive their CCW. I would be interested in The Press interviewing this office to determine exactly how many people receive/renew their CCW's and the process it takes. These hours may be convenient for the staff but what about the public with their working hours - how will they get their CCW's or renewed? The public pays for this service - let's get some.

  • I Carry posted at 5:52 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    I Carry Posts: 469

    voxpop, you only have to wait for two reasons. If you're looking for weapon permit, you wait every 4-5 years, and if you're a sex offender, the wait is more often. It's kind of a county sponsored program where it give the RSO's something to do and keep them off the street.
    Me? I only have to got there every few years. Now just where can I get that copy of the 100 best places?

  • voxpop posted at 5:40 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Hmmmm ... good thing this came out AFTER the newest edition of "America's 100 Best Places to Retire - 'ey?

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