Norris set to be new Kootenai Co. Sheriff after Bauer concedes

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho — Robert Norris is set to be the new sheriff in Kootenai County. 

Early results show he is leading the race with 64 percent of the vote and his opponent Mike Bauer has formally conceded. Bauer came out with 27 percent of the vote on Tuesday night, followed by Justin Nagel with 9 percent. 

Norris posted the following statement on his Facebook page early Wednesday morning:

“I am humbled beyond words to have earned the support of so many to become your Sheriff. Now it is my turn to prove that you made the right decision. And to those voters who I did not earn your support, including my most vocal critics, I will work twice as hard to earn your support in the future.
I sought this office to serve all the Citizens of Kootenai County and the fine members of our Sheriff’s Office.
Thank you for your support”

Norris has 30 years of law enforcement experience and has worked with the LA County Sheriff’s Office. 

He will replace Ben Wolfinger, who is retiring after serving since 2013.

READ: Get to know the three candidates for sheriff in Kootenai County

Kootenai County Sheriff

  • Robert Norris  R 68.0%
    56,938
  • Mike Bauer  I 22.3%
    18,702
  • Justin Nagel  L 9.6%
    8,070
83,710
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