Republican - HopeDaryl Wheeler, 50, started his law enforcement career in 1986 as a sergeant-at-arms for the California State Assembly.In 1989, after completing the Oakland Police Academy, he joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department.Beginning in a 655-bed maximum-security detention facility, he became a jail training officer and an instructor of a jail operations class. Wheeler
transferred to the patrol division and in 1993 was named "Rookie of the Year" by the Contra Costa Deputy Sheriff's Association
.From 1990-93, he was a firearms instructor for the patrol re-entry program.
Later in 1993, Wheeler
was selected to work in the contract city of Danville.During this five-year assignment, he worked as a patrolman, traffic officer, field-training officer and detective.He
specialized in traffic accident reconstruction. Wheeler was honored by the town of Danville for locating and arresting a bank robber during the year he worked as a detective. He served on the board of directors for the Contra Costa DSA.He was also elected to serve as the director-at-large to the Peace Officers Research Association of California.
In the position, Wheeler
represented more than 650 members from the sheriff's department. In 1998, Wheeler moved his family to North Idaho and worked as a resident deputy in Clark Fork.He also served as a field-training officer for the Bonner County Sheriff's Office. Wheeler is currently commanding the patrol division at Sandpoint Police Department.He
is a taser and POST certified impact weapons instructor.As of October 2008, he
will have completed seven years of service with the Sandpoint Police Department
. Wheeler currently is president of the Fraternal Order of Police Panhandle Lodge 15.Since 1999, he has actively been a member.Over the last nine years he has served as chaplain, secretary/treasurer, trustee and vice-president.
In 2003 Wheeler
was the state FOP legislative chairman.He
traveled to Washington, D.C., and lobbied for gun rights on behalf of all police officers in the state of Idaho. What is the biggest law enforcement issue facing Bonner County?How do you plan to deal with those? Wheeler
said the biggest issue facing the Bonner County Sheriff's Office
is a lack of training.His
goal would be to get the office prepared so it's at the standard it should be.There needs to be some direction for the sheriff's department so the officers know what their goal is, he
plans to present department employees with a standard and a set of goals, with a benchmark for them to achieve their goals.He
wants to provide the leadership they need to accomplish those goals. Wheeler
said the biggest crime issue facing Bonner County is alcohol and drug abuse.He
said it affects how families communicate and leads to a breakdown of the family unit.It also affects single-parent homes when there is no supervision of the children.It also leads to drunken driving, he
Where do you think the sheriff's office needs improvement? Wheeler
said the training in the sheriff's office needs improvement.He
wants a commitment to put the officers in the community, where they are needed in the patrol division.He
said there are too many times when staffing is so low that it's a safety problem for officers and the citizens, such as in domestic violence cases.
Do you believe the sheriff's office has a large enough presence in the community? Wheeler
doesn't believe the sheriff's office has a big enough presence in the community.He
wants every sworn officer to be evaluated to determine if they are most needed in the office or on the road.He
wants to evaluate the clerical staff, which he
said has been expanded in the past few years, to determine if that money should be transferred to the patrol budget.
What is the current situation with the Bonner County jail?Does it have enough room or should the county start looking for alternatives? Wheeler
said there needs to be more training for the jail staff.He
said there is no need for a 60-bed work release facility, and it lacks what is needed for the voters to approve it.He
said there needs to be enough staff for the facility to operate safely.
Why do you believe you are the best person for this job? Wheeler
is the best person for the job because he
has the most diversity in training and experience.He
started law enforcement in the political realm while in California, serving nearly 1 million people.He
has worked in jails, traffic, accident investigation, as a firearms trainer, and represented law enforcement agencies in statewide organizations.
21.MAY.08 Daryl Wheeler