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Elections 2002 - Bonner County Commissioner District 1

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Bill Litsinger, Republican

    Bill Litsinger, age 54, was born and raised in Los Angeles. He continued his education at Long Beach State University where he did his undergraduate work in criminology and graduate work in public administration.
    His service in the military was a six-year tour of duty with the Army National Guard training in light weapons infantry and medical evacuation. He was honorably discharged in 1976.
    He began work as a certified law enforcement officer for the Long Beach Police Department and then transferred to the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked in patrol and communications. Due to a service-connected injury, he chose to take a medical retirement.
    From 1985 to 1986 he was employed by Bechtel Corp. in an administrative capacity dealing with security issues at international job sites. From 1986 through February of 1994 he was employed in the real estate lending business.
    To seek a life that had alternatives to air pollution, traffic, crime, excessive government and high taxes, he moved his family to Bonner County, Idaho. For three years, '96-'99, he re-entered law enforcement and worked for the Kootenai County Sheriff's department administering the "North Idaho Anti-Terrorist Program" for the five northern counties, bringing his past experience and knowledge to assist the five sheriffs with the growing problem of domestic terrorism in North Idaho.
    He also held a grant position with the Newport (WA) Police Department that dealt with community policing, Crime Stoppers, a police reserve program and a secret witness program.
    Bill is also part of the adjunct faculty at the Coeur d'Alene campus of Lewis-Clark State College where he teaches classes in public administration, public policy analysis and juvenile justice.
    Bill is seeking the Republican nomination in the May primary for Bonner County Commissioner in District 1. This commissioner's position is currently held by Tom Suttmeier, who has chosen not to seek re-election.
    Bill intends to run a grass roots campaign designed to reach as many citizens of the county as possible, for their input into local government. He will focus on fiscal responsibility, improvement of county roads, encouraging business and job development, and assisting Bonner County in its role of managed growth. Bill says, "You either move forward or you fall behind. Nothing stays the same. Let's approach the growth logically, with planning and forethought so we can benefit our natural resources, our citizens' interests and what is good for Bonner County." One of his primary goals is to work as a partner in communities to obtain meaningful employment opportunities that will keep our young people's future growing in their home area. It will take some time and effort, but it is worth doing and he looks forward to the challenge.
    Bill believes that his experience in law enforcement, that required him to deal with people under all circumstances, and his experience in teaching that required him to hone his experience in research and communication with others will bring a fresh perspective to the County board as it moves forward, making decisions for the citizens of Bonner County.

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