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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Kootenai County Sheriff

Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson announced he will seek reelection this November. Here are some questions for discussion:
  • What is your understanding of the job of the Kootenai County Sheriff? What do you believe the sheriff’s duties and responsibilities are?
  • What are your expectations for the person elected to that position?
  • What do you consider to be the most and least important personal qualifications for the Kootenai County Sheriff?
  • If you consider Watson to be professionally qualified to be sheriff, what are his strongest and weakest qualifications?
  • If you consider Watson to be professionally unqualified to be sheriff, identify a candidate who has the professional qualifications you believe to be most important? Explain why that candidate is more qualified than Watson.
  • Since 2000 what has been Watson’s greatest accomplishment and his greatest failure? Feel free to name more than one in either category.
  • Over the next four years, what do you believe the most significant challenges for the Kootenai County Sheriff will be?
  • If you could give the sheriff one piece of advice, what would it be?