The men and women of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office are committed to being a professional organization dedicated to the concepts of personal excellence, continuous improvement, teamwork, and service to our community. We take pride in our organization, our professional accomplishments, and our abilities to make Blaine County a safe place to live, work and play.
Sheriff Steve Harkins
Steve Harkins has been in law enforcement since 1992. Harkins started his law enforcement career as a dispatcher with Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office and then was hired by the Hailey Police Department as a patrol officer. He joined the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office in 1998 as a detective. In 2009, Harkins was promoted to Captain, serving as the Ketchum Police Chief and overseeing operations of the police services contract with Blaine County. Harkins was appointed Chief Deputy of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office in 2014, before being elected sheriff in 2017.
His law enforcement background and training include the College of Southern Idaho Law Enforcement, a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Command College, Idaho Sheriff Association New Sheriff School, and approximately 2000 hours of specialized training. He supervised the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team, (“NET”) for 17 years. Sheriff Harkins holds Advanced, Master, and Management Certificates from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.
Chief Deputy Fruehling
Will Fruehling started his career in 1995 with the Ketchum Police Department as a patrol officer. In 1996, he became a patrol deputy for the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, serving for over 10 years. During this time he was a Field Training Officer, a member of the Blaine County Drug Task Force (now NET), the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), and a Drug Detection K9 Handler. In 2001, he was promoted to Sergeant.
In 2005, Fruehling moved to Boise with his family working as an Investigator for the Idaho Department of Correction. In 2009, he was promoted to the Chief Investigator of the Special Investigations Unit, where he supervised five statewide divisions: Internal Affairs Unit, Gang Intelligence Unit, Background Investigations Unit, and the Fugitive/Drug Investigations Unit. In 2017, he was appointed Chief Deputy by Sheriff Harkins. Chief Deputy Fruehling holds a Management Certification from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
Patrol Captain Bryan Carpita
Patrol Captain Bryan Carpita started his career as an intern with the Kootenai County Sheriff in 1995. He came to the Wood River Valley in 1996, working for the Ketchum Police Department, and later for the Hailey Police Department. In 2001, he joined the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office. Since Bryan has been with the Sheriff’s Office, he has held the positions of detention deputy, patrol deputy, sergeant, and lieutenant on special assignment as the Bellevue Marshal. Captain Carpita currently oversees the BCSO Patrol Division and is the Commander of Search and Rescue. He has over 2200 hours of specialized law enforcement training.
Detention Captain Jay Davis
Detention Captain Jay Davis started his career in law enforcement in 1987. A graduate of Wood River High School, he served with the Bellevue Marshal’s Office, and the Hailey Police Department before coming to BCSO Patrol. In 2007, Davis was promoted to his current position as the Detention Administrator and is responsible for the supervision of both detention staff and inmates. Captain Davis is a hostage negotiator for the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) and a member of the Idaho Juvenile Training Council. Davis’ law enforcement training includes FBI Executive Command College and the Idaho New Sheriff’s Schools.
Ketchum Police Captain Dave Kassner
Dave Kassner, originally of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, has long been a familiar face around the city of Ketchum. Kassner started with the Ketchum Police Department in 1986 and became a member of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 when the City of Ketchum contracted with the county for law enforcement services. Currently, a Captain assigned as the Ketchum Police Chief, Kassner supervises and manages a staff of twelve employees. He holds a Supervisory certificate with the Idaho Peace Officer’s Standard and Training Academy.