BEN WOLFINGER has been with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office since April 1, 1983. Ben worked in the Jail, Patrol and Detectives while he worked his way through the ranks, making Captain in April of 1995. Ben was appointed to Major in 2009 and commanded the Support Services Bureau. Ben was elected to Sheriff and began his first term on January 14, 2013 following Sheriff Rocky Watson’s retirement.
Ben has and continues to be an active volunteer in the community, is a former Coeur d’Alene City Councilman and a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce. Ben is a graduate of the 1994 Leadership Coeur d’Alene class. Ben has received a variety of community honors including the 2001 Ed Abbot Community Volunteer Award and the 2005 Distinguished Citizen of the Year.
DAN MATTOS has been employed as a sworn full time peace officer since June 19, 1978, beginning his police career with the Kingman AZ., Police Department. Dan served with Kingman PD for over 14 years until he moved to Idaho in October of 1992 to take a position with the Sandpoint Police Department. Dan served with Sandpoint PD from October 1992 until February, 1995, when he began his career with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.
During his police career, Dan spent several years working uniform patrol assignments. Dan also spent extensive time working in investigations and narcotics, worked as a motor officer and as a mounted officer, and served as a counselor at the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy. Dan worked as a Sergeant in Patrol and Investigations while working for both Kingman PD and at KCSO, functioned as the supervisor of the Administrative Services Division in Kingman PD, and has worked as a Lieutenant in the Jail Bureau and Operations Bureau of KCSO. Dan was promoted to Captain via a competitive testing process in March, 2008 and was appointed to the rank of Major in September 2009. During his tenure, Dan has commanded the Operations Bureau at the Sheriff’s Office, overseeing the overall police field services for the Department. In July of 2014, Dan was appointed as Undersheriff to Sheriff Wolfinger. Dan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, class 239.
NEAL ROBERTSON began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a Patrol Deputy with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. As a Deputy, Neal served as a field training officer (FTO) and as a SWAT operator on the Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT). He promoted to Sergeant in 1993 and assumed the position of Watch Commander. As a Sergeant, Neal supervised Patrol’s FTO program, was a team leader for the SWAT team, a burglary/property crimes investigator, and he became a POST certified instructor, teaching students at North Idaho College and the North Idaho Reserve Academy.
In 2001, Neal promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, he commanded the Department’s Custody Division, Services Division and Patrol Division. He was promoted to Captain in 2009 and served as the Jail's Custody Division Commander. Neal was promoted to Major in command of the Jail Bureau in April 2011. In July of 2014, Neal was transferred to command the Operations Bureau at the Sheriff's Office. Neal holds his Advanced, Supervisor, and Management POST Certificates. He was awarded the Department’s Medal of Valor in 1988. He is a graduate of Leadership CDA, FBI Command College, and the FBI National Academy. Neal is a past member of the Idaho Jail Administrators Association.
KIM EDMONDSON began her career with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in 1992. She began in the jail, and worked as a training officer, instructor, Detention Sergeant and Administrative Sergeant. Kim transferred to the Patrol Division and later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in January 2004. Following her promotion, she commanded the Detective Division until 2009. In 2009, she transferred back to the Jail.
Kim was promoted to Captain in 2011 to command the Services Division at the Jail. Kim was promoted to the rank of Major in July 2014, and currently commands the Jail Bureau. Kim is a 1990 graduate of North Idaho College, a 2013 graduate of Lewis Clark State College, and a 2015 graduate of Gonzaga University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. She has attended over 2,000 hours of Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training courses, holds a Management Certificate, and Advanced Certifications in both Detention and Patrol. Kim is an FBI Command College graduate, FBI LEEDA graduate and a 2006 Leadership Coeur d'Alene graduate. She is also a graduate of the 243rd Session of the FBI National Academy.
DAN SOUMASbegan his service at the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in 1983. Dan served in many volunteer and seasonal positions including SAR, patrol reserve and marine deputy from 1983 until 1988, when he left his business career to serve the community full-time through the Sheriff's Office. Dan served as patrol deputy, field training officer and in detectives until his promotion to Sergeant in 1993. Dan then served as a Patrol Watch Commander, Administrative Sergeant, Recreation Safety Section Commander & Dive Rescue Team Commander. After his promotion to Lieutenant in 1999, Dan commanded the Patrol Division, Special Weapons & Tactics units (SWAT), Custody Division and Jail Services.
Dan was promoted to Captain in 2009. Dan hold an Advance Peace Officer, Supervisor and Management Certificates from Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Dan is a graduate of the 216th Session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Command College and the 2002 Leadership Coeur d'Alene class. Dan is currently assigned in the Investigations Division where he supervises 16 sworn personnel and three civilians. Dan holds numerous awards for service and special events during his 27 years with KCSO and remains involved in community issues.
Captain Andy Deak - Operations Support Division - (208)446-1300 - firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDY DEAK is a 1992 graduate of the San Diego State University Industrial Engineering Program. He is also a 10 year veteran of the retail food industry where he held management and leadership roles.
Andy has served with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office since October 2002. He has since held roles as a Jail Training Officer, a supervisor of the Security Assessment Team, 2008 Facilities Expansion Team, Custody Division Sergeant, Jail Training Supervisor and Jail Bureau Custody Division Commander. As of January 2016, he currently commands the Operations Support Division. Andy holds his supervisor and management certificates from Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training and is a graduate of the FBI Command College LEEDA Command Institute for Executives, and 2013 Leadership Coeur d'Alene. Andy was promoted to the rank of Captain in April 2011. Andy is also a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America.
JOHN HOLECEK began his service with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 as a Detention Deputy. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1995 and assumed the position of Jail Watch Commander. As a Sergeant, John supervised the Jail’s Training Program, was the team leader for the Jail’s Detention Response Team, held the positions of Services and Custody Division Administrative Sergeant and was a certified Taser Instructor. In 2011, John promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, John oversaw the Jail Training Officer Program, Inmate Programs section, and the Volunteer Program.
John was promoted to Captain in June of 2014 and currently commanded the Services Diivision at the Jail until January 2016. John currently is the Jail Bureau Custody Division Commander and oversees the supervision of the Detention Response Team as well as the daily operations of 73 sworn and civilian staff members in the Custody Division. John is a 1995 graduate of North Idaho College. He holds a Management Certificate and Level III Detention Certificate, and is a graduate of the FBI Command College and FBI LEEDA.
LEE RICHARDSON has been with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office since 1990. During his career he has worked through the ranks in Marine, Jail, Warrants, Patrol, Civil, and Detectives. Additionally he has served as a Field Training Officer (FTO), Coordinator of the Field Training Officer Program, and is a past member of the Dive Rescue Team.
Lee was promoted to Captain in 2013 and has commanded the Operations Support Divisionand Detective Division. Currently he commands the Jail Services Division. Lee holds his Advanced, Supervisor, and Management Certificates through the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training and is a graduate of the FBI Command College and FBI LEEDA. Lee is currently a Board Member for the Kootenai County Police and Firefighter Memorial Foundation and a 2011 Leadership Coeur d’Alene graduate.
Captain Andy Boyle - Field Operations Division - (208)446-1300 - email@example.com
ANDY BOYLE joined the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in May of 1990 as a Seasonal Marine Deputy. September of 1990 he transferred to patrol. During Andy’s tenure with the KCSO, he has held positions as a Patrol Deputy, FTO, Marine Deputy, District Deputy, and a full time Marine Deputy. Andy was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in November of 1997. In November of 1999, Andy transferred back to the Recreation and Safety Section as the supervisor. Andy was promoted to Lieutenant in May of 2012. Andy’s collateral duties include, SWAT Team Leader, Riot Team Leader, Dive Team Member, Deputy Director of OEM, Central Zone Type III Team Member, Alternate Public Information Officer and the KCSO Representative to the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Andy was promoted to Captain in 2013 and currently commands the Field Operations Division and is a certified instructor for the State of Idaho in Marine Academy and Reactive Impact Weapons. Andy is also a certified instructor for FEMA and Idaho BHS for ICS 300 and 400, Type III Operations Section Chief, and Type III Plans Section Chief. Andy currently holds both Advanced and Supervisors Certificate through the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training.