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Coeur d’Alene, ID: During this past week, two local media outlets elected to run a news article on the termination of former KCSO Captain Dan Soumas. The news reports appear to be exclusively based on papers filed in a civil lawsuit that was filed a year ago by Mr. Soumas. In that lawsuit, Mr. Soumas states he was terminated as a result of “trumped up charges” related to an alleged whistle blower complaint.
On the advice of legal counsel, the Sheriff’s Office does not comment on pending litigation and personnel matters cannot be discussed without a written waiver from the former employee. Without commenting on the elements of the litigation, however, the following details are offered to a community who puts its trust in their Sheriff:
The Sheriff’s Office remains committed to the safety of our community and will continue to utilize legally forfeited dollars to combat, investigate, and prosecute all manner of crime in Kootenai County.
Ben Wolfinger, Sheriff