Spirit Lake police chief steps down to take US embassy job

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 11:51 a.m.

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SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho (AP) — The police chief in Spirit Lake is stepping down after two years to accept a job as a bomb-sniffing dog handler at a U.S. embassy in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Chief Keith Hutcheson tells the Coeur d'Alene Press (http://bit.ly/1Kcyac8 ) that the opportunity was unplanned but a contractor made him an offer that will help his family.

He declined to name the company and said he hasn't been told which country he'll be assigned to.

The 47-year-old Hutcheson makes $22 an hour as police chief in Spirit Lake, north of Coeur d'Alene.

Hutcheson was a bomb-sniffing dog handler at the U.S. embassy in Iraq in 2013 before taking the Spirit Lake job. He previously worked in law enforcement in northern Idaho since the 1990s.


Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com

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