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Captain Edmondson retires from KCSO

| May 18, 2021 1:00 AM

Kim Edmondson, the first woman to hold the rank of captain in the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, retired Monday.

“Today, we are proud to honor a woman who has made history here at the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office,” Lt. Ryan Higgins, public information officer for the KCSO, said in a statement.

Edmondson began in the KCSO in 1992 as a detention deputy before being promoted to sergeant of the jail. She then worked in the Operations Bureau as a patrol sergeant and was eventually promoted to lieutenant, where she was promptly assigned to the Detectives Division. She was then appointed to captain — then, briefly to major before the rank was eliminated. She ended her career in the Professional Standards Division.

Edmondson ran a strong campaign against then-candidate Robert Norris for Kootenai County sheriff, losing to the since-elected sheriff in the May 2020 primary. She told The Press in March she intends to spend a healthy portion of her retirement with her grandchild and her horses. She’s also going to spend time growing hops on her ranch.

“I have about an eighth-of-an-acre,” she said. “Some people sell eggs. Some people grow tomatoes. I grow hops.”

“We want to thank you for your many years of service to the community and the agency and wish you a long and happy retirement,” Higgins said.