What will you miss most about being in law enforcement?
Dealing with the public and the camaraderie of my fellow associates and team members. With a local Sheriff office like ours people in the office become family and with the citizens I get to know them and they get to know me so its like extended family.
Looking back at your career, what are some of your high points?
I think the high point was after I went to work here I had to go to post academy and I did that at 55 and was able to do it. One of my high points was joining a fraternity of brothers and sisters.
What are some of the low points?
I think the low points are some of the instances that we’ve all had to deal with juveniles or fatalities.
How many years have you been in law enforcement?
I was hired on in 2000. At that time Bill Tharpe was the Sheriff. In fact I ran against him and when he won. He called me up afterwards and he said ‘Dave, I like the conversations we’ve had against each other and I’d like to hire you.’
What did you do before law enforcement?
I was a logger, a truck driver, and entrepreneur. I ran a construction business in the Boise area for a number of years. I like to call myself a jack of all trades but a master of none.
Why did you choose to pursue law enforcement?
I’ve always been a constitutionalist. I’ve always read the Constitution and the works of the Founding Fathers. I had felt that there were some things going on that I could maybe do a little better. Why not try? I believe that every person should run for some type of office once.
What are some things you plan on doing with your time?
I’m going to be doing a little more fishing and a little more hunting. The wife and I have talked about visiting our family in Montana and in Arizona. Ill be spending time in my woodshop and I do a garden every year too.
What stands out about this community that has made you proud to serve it?
I think the biggest thing that has always made me proud is the caring. If someone has a severe illness, the whole community has always banded together, money is no object. That has always really impressed me. All of us in Benewah County are very caring.
What do you envision for the future of Benewah County under its new leadership?
I think it will be all good. I actually hired Tony here at the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office. So, I’ve known Tony for about 18 years. I’ve always known him to be an upfront straight shooter. He doesn’t sugarcoat things and tells it the way it is. To me that is very important.
Anything you want to add that I may have left out?
I’ve got mixed emotions. I’m a workaholic and always have been, and because of not only my staff but also the citizenry, I’ve felt very privileged to be a part of the community’s lives. In a way I feel like I’ve helped the community and they have helped me as well to grow.