Sheriff Ben croppedWork History

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.

Community Involvement

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.