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Rick offers Kootenai County a unique blend of law enforcement experience, training expertise, and decades of leadership experience.

He is a man that shares the common Idahoan values of freedom, hard work and privacy.

Rick’s lifetime in public service, passion for people and his logical approach to problem solving make him the public servant that Kootenai County needs. 

Rick has 40+ years of law enforcement experience with 26 years in law enforcement leadership roles. 

He is a business owner of 23 years where he trains police officers and consults police agencies nationally and internationally.

Rick is recognized by the Idaho Post as a subject matter expert in the following areas: Leadership, Forensic Investigations and Police Field Training.

Rick has hands on experience solving many of the challenges currently facing the Kootenai County Sheriff’s office, specifically officer retention and rapid community growth.

Some quick facts about Rick:

  • US Army Veteran
  • NRA Lifetime Member
  • Master Peace Officer
  • Master Instructor
  • Certified Public Manager
  • Graduate, Management Institute
  • Graduate, FBI National Academy (197)
  • Authored a nationally recognized Police Field Training Program
  • Crime Stoppers of North Idaho, Board-member
  • Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association
  • Conservative Christian
  • Republican


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 11:11 AM

Interview Part 2 with Tall Poppy YouTube Channel

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:53 AM

BOCC discusses where to build additional courtrooms. CDA Press October 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

I would have to agree with Commissioner Leslie Duncan on this one. If you look across the street to the south from the county complex you can see another high-rise going in. Downtown property is at a premium and that is not going to change.

At the recent public budget hearing, Commissioner Fillios said that county government exist for two purposes: First is Public Safety; Second is to be the tax collector.

In regards to public safety, it only makes since that courts, or any other justice related facility, be located near the Sheriff's Office. This would drastically reduce not only costs, but the safety risks and liability vulnerabilities to the county.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 12:01 AM

Print Interview with Casey Whelan

Print article in conjunction with YouTube.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 12:00 AM

Video Interview with North Idaho Exposed, Casey Whelan

Ricks thoughts on the Sheriff's Office

  1. Morale
  2. Vision
  3. Constitutional issues
  4. Proposed Re-Entry Center

Monday, September 30, 2019 12:00 AM

Interview Part 1 with Tall Poppy YouTube Channel

All about Rick Whitehead and his candidacy for Kootenai County Sheriff.

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