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Kootenai County Sheriff Wants County to Pay For Lawsuit

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Kootenai County sheriff wants the county to pay the legal expenses for the sheriff's department in a lawsuit the sheriff wants to file against the county.

Sheriff Rocky Watson filed legal action, called a writ of mandate, to force the county to pay legal expenses in a lawsuit he plans to file concerning what he says is a lack of funding for the sheriff's department leading to reduced public safety.

Watson says the county prosecutor would not be allowed to represent him due to a conflict of interest, and that the county denied his request for money for an attorney. Watson tells the Coeur d'Alene Press he wants to sue to find out if it's legal for county officials to fund unmandated services while mandated services, such as the sheriff's department, get what he says is less than needed.

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