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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — City Council members approved Lt. Corey Coon at the interim police chief for the Sandpoint Police Department Wednesday.

Members said they made the decision based on Coon’s combination of experience, leadership and human resource skills, a positive reputation and community-oriented law enforcement philosophy. A veteran of the local police force for almost 15 years, he has served at all levels of the public service from street patrol to his current position as lieutenant.

“I’m really excited to be here, and work with the council and community members,” Coon said.

Replacing retired police chief Mark Lockwood, Coon will serve in the position for the interim. Based on this review period, city officials can choose to instate him as the full-time police chief or initiate a wider search for more candidates.

Coon carried the endorsement of several current police department officers, including Det. Robert Dressel, who voiced his support for the appointment. Dressel said Coon had grown tremendously as a law enforcement officer throughout their nearly 15-year professional relationship.

“He can say when he’s wrong, he can say he’s sorry and I think we need that in a chief,” Dressel said.

Council members were particularly impressed with Coon’s commitment to community-oriented law enforcement. In his consideration of candidates for the position, Councilman Shelby Rognstad said he was looking for a policing philosophy that shaped around local considerations, adding that the police force could use an improvement in public perception..

“I’m interested in developing a level of police service specific to what the community’s needs are,” he said.

After a personal interview with Coon, Rognstad was impressed with his endorsement of officer discretion and thorough training. Councilman Aaron Qualls held a similar meeting with Coon and walked away with the same conclusions.

Coon moved to Sandpoint after obtaining an associate’s degree in criminal justice. As he worked with the department, he continued his education, advancing to a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. While Coon said that the department faced difficulties with staffing and equipment given the city’s budgetary woes, he moved into the new position with a spirit of optimism.

“I think this is an opportunity for us to grow,” he said.

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  • Luv83864 posted at 12:34 pm on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Queenie - No matter you are you, your obviously intelligent enough to know you don't need to explain yourself to anyone or what your doing, when your doing it and why. There are a lot of people up at 5am, like Old Cop. He often posts from 4:45am to 7am. I assume he wakes up at the crack of dawn and goes to bed somewhat early. He has a good long day and probably accomplishes a lot. For some people morning is strength, for others like myself it's a time where I am more vulnerable and not as mindful. I peak from 10am to 4pm. We all are different. I was told by Bobby if I have spell check and if I ever proofread my posts because they are hard for him to understand. I responded because in fact my spell check is very difficult and hard to work with... I do not have windows and I use Apple software, it is quite different...I am aware I often make mistakes but I always try to proofread, however lack of time is always an issue for me. When will your site be up? Because I have Apple I can not use your links for some reason. I am interested to refer to them to hear them for myself and apply what I've heard on here.

  • Queenie posted at 12:07 pm on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Bobby Chan you assume a lot just like your buddies. I am currently back east on a business trip. Yes I am actually a very sucessful person in my field and well respected for my unusual way of out of the box thinking.

    In your world does getting up a 5AM indicate craziness.

    In my world it indicates a person who has drive to get things done.

    Your assumptions about the time I arise to do my work is about as real as the rest of your fictions.

    Don't you have anything better to do than to keep track of the time I get up to do my work and make assumptions and accusations based on your very own opinions and fictions?

    Whine whine whine you exhibit the same amount of assumptiveness. I clearly see why you call yourself Whine whine whine.

  • whinewhinewhine posted at 9:31 pm on Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

    whinewhinewhine Posts: 80

    Amen brotha!!!

  • Bobbychan posted at 11:43 am on Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

    Bobbychan Posts: 119

    Mad Hatter...I seriously think you are in need of psycotropic medication. You're up at 5:00 am to continue your ranting. Please seek some help. You need to talk to a professional about the boogeyman at city hall. You know, the one that's out to get you.

  • Queenie posted at 5:07 am on Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    How do you assume so much?
    Why do you assume that just because one asks questions that they are ignorant?

    How will taking a government answer questions I have about your comments?
    How will taking a government class answer questions I have about what Chief Coon will do?
    How will taking a government class answer questions I have about the CITY of SANDPOINT?
    How will taking a government class answer questions I have about the Seperation of Powers in the City of Sandpoint?
    Do you think the CIty does everything exactly as outlined by the "government" ?

    Doesn't one have to give facts to their opinions for them to become truth?
    Do you ever ask questions?

  • Cozy Livin posted at 3:49 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2012.

    Cozy Livin Posts: 100

    I've known Corey for many years now and think he is just the kind of guy we need in the police chief position. Hopefully he doesn't get corroded from all the politics. lol. Good Luck Corey!

  • whinewhinewhine posted at 6:06 pm on Mon, Sep 10, 2012.

    whinewhinewhine Posts: 80

    Take a government class.

  • Queenie posted at 11:39 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    I agree on escorting the good old boys to the door, staying above the line and using our powers of creation to come up with a better way of doing things and changing the culture to a more positive one.

  • Queenie posted at 11:33 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    Take it up one notch and ask the question,

    Is the Mayor putty in anyones hands?

    Does the Mayor make these important decisions alone and then present them to the CIty Council?

    Does any one help the Mayor make decisions before she presents them to City Council or are the decisions completely from her own volition?

    How does it work?

    Who really controls the City?

    Where is there a Seperation of Powers?

    Will Chief Coon train Officers in writing proper Citations according to the Idaho Rules for Misdemeanor Citations so innocent people don't easily get railroaded into the criminal system by faulty paperwork that no one is accountable for in our lower courts?

  • patrick posted at 12:34 pm on Sun, Sep 9, 2012.

    patrick Posts: 3

    Cory coon is the perfect person for the position of police chief on the last couple house I have been on with him he has acted with the most professional attitude and he is a great person to get along with. I think the city council chose the right person for the job.

  • Openseason posted at 11:03 am on Sun, Sep 9, 2012.

    Openseason Posts: 4

    I feel taking the "comfortable and cozy" out of the ranks of Sandpoint PD, along with escorting the "good old boys" system to the door would be a fresh start in a needed paradigm shift. Making the PD more transparent to the public..position a tougher screening process for new officers...(with public input)......A 21st century vision for strategic planning and staff development....Crafting a matrix for physical training standards for ALL officers....and in closing, creating a 'customer service" culture among the "blue ranks" instead of the us and them attitude.............

  • Corey Greve posted at 9:55 am on Sun, Sep 9, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 920

    Thank you, Helen. That is unfortunate. This council largely seems to be putty in the mayor's hands.

  • Helen Newton posted at 10:40 pm on Sat, Sep 8, 2012.

    Helen Newton Posts: 486

    Yes, it is legal for the city to hire (or promote) from within without posting a job. It happens all the time. If no qualified persons are found within the system, the position is advertised externally.

    Not advertising applies even more so to department head positions. It is within any mayor's prerogative to appoint a department head by any system they wish to use. If a city council doesn't give the mayor the necessary 4 votes, the mayor may have to resort to advertising. I provided additional information on the blog regarding the city's not advertising.

    The same applies to filling a vacant council seat. Mayors do not have to consult with anyone inside or outside the city government - it is their prerogative. While working for the city I saw council appointees approved and not approved by city councils. The city council holds the power over mayoral appointments.

  • Corey Greve posted at 6:13 pm on Sat, Sep 8, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 920

    Would hassling for petty stuff include busting the smoking clutch at Hickory park every morning and making them pick up all the trash that they leave behind? They are students at LPO high school, and they are off campus so the school has no say in what they do. They leave trash, block traffic, and many are smoking underage. They are left alone by the police.

  • Corey Greve posted at 6:10 pm on Sat, Sep 8, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 920

    Helen, is it legal for the city to hire from within and not to post this job to the public? It is my understanding that any government job must be posted and applications taken from anyone willing to apply. Am I wrong?

    For example, if the city wanted to hire a new truck driver for the street department, that job must be posted for a certain amount of time, and applications taken form anyone willing to apply. Same goes for teaching positions, lawn mowers, etc.

  • SdptMom posted at 9:46 am on Sat, Sep 8, 2012.

    SdptMom Posts: 173

    We can certainly hope Chief Coon will instill an attitude adjustment with the officers. Instead of targeting our teens, which occurred under Lockwood, it'd be better to see our police force helping & guiding our youth. We need a force for protection & assistance, not the hassling of petty stuff. Years ago, the motto "Serve & Protect" was the standard.[wink]

  • Helen Newton posted at 9:27 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    Helen Newton Posts: 486

    There will be a "hiring process". It may mean hiring within the system or it could mean advertising and hiring outside the department. Either way, it is a "process" and will undoubtedly be similar to the process that the city has traditionally followed in the past. Just because people outside the city's elected officials or employees may not be involved doesn't mean there isn't a "process".

  • Queenie posted at 4:49 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    I will be surprised if there is a hiring process.

  • Luv83864 posted at 4:35 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    I've never been one to see Cory Coon acting with an ego. I hope he can do the job and work for the people and not be warped into a pliable figure others will take advantage of. I think he has the skills and ability to access situations properly. I think he wants the police and people to get along, personally he has been friendly and professional. Don't get me wrong everyone will never be happy, but many can be happier compared to now. Unfortunately politics will always be in the picture and people will always be looking to better their positions however they can.

  • MichaelN posted at 8:13 am on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    MichaelN Posts: 502

    I think that Chief Coon will do a fine job as long as he does not get wrapped up in a bunch of political b.s. He has always been a face in the crowd and does not hold himself in higher regard than other people in the community. I think this move is what Sandpoint needed. I wish him all the best and he has my support full heartedly. Good luck Corey.

  • Bill Litsinger posted at 7:38 am on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    Bill Litsinger Posts: 1394

    In most cities, large or small the police department is the most visible and most expensive to fund. Although it is not mandated I think that resident input in this matter would have gone a long way to helping Sandpoint make this important transition.

    I was at the council meeting Wednesday eve when Lt. Coon was promoted to interim chief. I had the opportunity to speak with some residents about this process yesterday and they also think some resident input would have been appropriate. With two of the people I spoke with the letter to the editor that posted the day after the appointment re: Mayor Ogilvie was brought up. Sandpoint is a walking and talking town.

  • Wrench posted at 5:48 am on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    Wrench Posts: 62

    Helen, I have would bet you there will be no hiring process, the Mayor and Council want someone they can control. The question is does Mr. Coon realize what he has just stepped into; I doubt his ego will let him see the real picture. This will be fun and sad to watch as this group continues the downward spin of the City.

  • Helen Newton posted at 9:27 pm on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    Helen Newton Posts: 486

    In my 28 years of working at the city, at no time was there public input on the appointment of any of the eight department heads. It is the mayor's prerogative to appoint whomever they wish. The mayor needs 4 council votes to confirm the appointment. Most often, the mayor receives the unanimous support of the city council. The same goes for an interim poisition. During those 28 years, interim appointees always served only until a hiring process was completed and a person permanently appointed to fill the position.

  • Misunderestimated posted at 9:17 pm on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    Misunderestimated Posts: 47

    queenie - give it a rest. Everything is not about you nor is it about some great conspiracy. if you would look past your own animosity against the city you would see a good man was appointed as interim police chief. Give him a chance.

  • Queenie posted at 7:25 pm on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    Queenie Posts: 379

    What other choices did City Council have for Cheif?

    Did they put out a call for applications?

    If they only had one choice was it really a choice?

    I was told by someone who answered the phone at City Hall the Mayor decided we people could not have a say in their new Cheif. Does anyone know why they kept this whole thing so hush hush?

    Does any one else wonder about the secrets our City Officials like to keep from us?

    Why didn't City Council give us the right to participate?

  • Luv83864 posted at 4:37 pm on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Glad to hear!