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Lateral and Entry Level Deputies Hired

Posted 5/13/2014 2:18 PM by MDGREGORY
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On Friday May 9th 2014, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich welcomed 5 new deputies to the Sheriff’s Office. Family and friends, along with Sheriff’s Office personnel, joined the swearing in ceremony held in the Sheriff’s Conference Room. With these welcome additions, this brings our total number of commissioned personnel to 216 of the budgeted 223 positions.

Our Personnel Unit continues to work with Spokane County Civil Service to process qualified entry level and lateral deputies to fill the additional 7 positions we currently have open. The current budgeted number of 223 commissioned positions is well below the 247 positions allotted back in 2008 prior to budget cuts.
Please help us welcome Lateral Deputy Jason Hunt, Lateral Deputy Louis Acosta, Lateral Deputy Christopher Bylow, Entry Level Deputy Andrew Hairston and Entry Level Deputy James Kaae.

Deputy Jason Hunt is a Coeur d’Alene native who has over six years of full-time law enforcement experience with the Post Falls Police Department where he most recently served as a K-9 Officer. He is a 1995 graduate of Post Falls High School.

Deputy Louis Acosta has over nine years of full-time law enforcement experience with the Shoshone County (ID) Sheriff’s Office and Post Falls Police Department. He was also a Reserve Deputy with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office from 2001-2005. Deputy Acosta graduated from North Central High in 1993.

Deputy Christopher Bylow is an Arizona native with over nine years of law enforcement experience with the Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Bylow graduated from Washington High School in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997.

Deputy Andrew Hairston is new to law enforcement, a graduate of North Central High (2006) and has served as a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with Fire District 9 since 2007. He was recently employed as an Animal Control Officer with SCRAPS and is scheduled to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Burien starting in May.

Deputy James Kaae (pronounced “K”) is new to law enforcement, grew up in southern Idaho and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Idaho. Deputy Kaae is scheduled to attend the July academy in Burien.

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