The city of Kooskia has flip-flopped on its intention to create its own police force.
The city advised the Idaho POST Council on July 10 of its plan to initiate its own force with Carlos Martinez and Tim Sokolowski as officers. Martinez was named as the new chief.
In response to the city’s move, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings responded to Kooskia Mayor Charlotte Schilling and the council with a letter dated July 25 (see story below).
Schilling then sent a letter to the Idaho POST Council on July 31 stating that the city “has decided to dissolve its own City Police Department. Effective immediately the Kooskia Police Department will no longer be in existence. Please remove us from your list of law enforcement agencies in Idaho.”
The following is the original story published in the Aug. 2 issue of The Clearwater Progress.
The city of Kooskia has decided to create its own police force naming Public Works Supervisor Carlos Martinez as Chief of Police.
Martinez previously served with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and ran for sheriff in 2008 and 2016. The city also named Tim Sokolowski as a city officer.
The city voted during a May 9 council meeting to create its own force and designated the two men as its officers.
“Both Chief Martinez and Officer Sokolowski are already Idaho POST certified law enforcement officers with years of experience,” stated Mayor Charlotte Schilling in a July 10 letter to the Idaho POST Council.
The agency will be known as the Kooskia Police Department. The physical address is located at 026 Main Street in Kooskia. Chief Martinez may be reached at (208) 935-8260.
Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings replied to the city with a letter on July 25 noting that the issue had just recently been brought to his attention.
“Due to this development, the Law Enforcement Agreement between the City of Kooskia and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office will be terminated effective Aug. 31, 2018. Your final payment for the contracted work may be prorated to account for the agreement being cancelled one month prior to expiration.
“As with the other city police departments within Idaho County, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office will assist Kooskia Police Department only with calls that involve actual or potential bodily harm to persons; all other calls will be forwarded to the Kooskia Police Department.
“All calls for service within the city limits of Kooskia will be forwarded to the City Hall phone number of (208) 926-4684 unless you wish them to be forwarded to your phone of (208) 935-8260.
“Once you determine who your dispatch services will be performed by, provide that information to me and calls will be forwarded to your dispatch agency.”
The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office will vacate the Kooskia Sheriff’s Office by Aug. 31, 2018, said Giddings. He noted that all utilities paid by the sheriff’s office will be disconnected by or on that date.
“I wish you well in your new position of Chief of Police/Maintenance Superintendent for the City of Kooskia,” concluded Giddings.
The Progress was informed of this information shortly before going to press Wednesday. More information will be presented in next week’s issue.