Thank you for visiting the Jon VanGesen for Boundary County Sheriff website.  We encourage you to learn more about Jon.  Jon’s law enforcement experience spans over 35 years and exemplifies dedication, integrity, and leadership. These are not just words to describe him, but qualities instilled in him by his Christian faith, his family heritage and through his public service.




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Dear Boundary County Citizens,

I want to THANK YOU for taking the time to visit my website, I’m proud to announce my campaign to be your next elected Sheriff.  I invite you to use this website as a resource to learn about me personally and professionally.  You will learn about my experience and qualifications, commitment to community service, and how I plan to continue the path of success for the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office. Partnering with the community and staff, we will continue to increase the professional level of service making Boundary County safer. Feel free to call me or email me with any questions at any time.  

In Your Service,



“I do solemnly swear or affirm, that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Idaho, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of Sheriff, according to the best of my ability.”


Law enforcement for Boundary County has some unique challenges.  Not only does Boundary County share an International Border with Canada, but also borders the two neighboring states, Washington and Montana. This means that our county has International and intra-state travelers and commercial trade throughout the year.  Boundary County has two large forests, Kanisku National Forest and Kootenai National Forest and Wildlife Refuge along with thousands of acres of heavily forested private, State and Federal lands. Due to limited resources, Boundary County has additional challenges, which requires coordination, cooperation and intentional plans of action within our county,  our public safety partners and neighboring jurisdictions.

The Sheriff is responsible for law enforcement, the jail, 911, driver’s licensing and each of their operations and  budgets. Most importantly, the Sheriff  is accountable to the people of Boundary County. 


 “The Sheriff of Boundary County’s primary responsibility is to protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the Great State of Idaho – which includes our right to bear arms and be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures.”

- Jon VanGesen

   Some Boundary County Sheriffs duties/responsibilities include:
  • Personnel Management 
    • Appointing deputies, commendations, training, promotions, and discipline.
  • Working with the County Commissioners to:
    • Properly fund Sheriff’s Office operations, wages and benefits. 
  • Manage all Sheriff’s Office expenses, revenue and grants. 
  • Seek out grants to enhance public safety services in Boundary County. 
  • Provide appropriate facilities and equipment, while planning for future needs. 


The Sheriff is the highest ranking official in the Boundary County and is not a position to be taken lightly.  The Sheriff of Boundary County must have the experience, knowledge, trust and be ready to perform the duties and responsibilities required of them on Day 1 of taking office. 

Please take a moment to read about who Jon is, his experience and training, which makes him the MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE to be Boundary County Sheriff.

Learn more about Jon's EXPERIENCE


Idaho Code 34-618, Election of County Sheriffs – Qualifications

The Duties of the Sheriff outlined in Idaho Code 13-2202. 

Idaho Code 31-2229,  Sheriff – Search and Rescue

The Sheriff is the official responsible for the command of all search and rescue operations. Prepare, plan, and command search and rescue resources. Supervise aerial searches coordinated with Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Aeronautics.


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"With his broad background, Jon VanGesen is accustomed to handling all aspects of leading a Sheriff’s Office. He makes thoughtful, informed decisions that are rooted in honesty and integrity."

- John Halsted, Naples
Retired Police Sergeant

"Jon VanGesen embodies my expectations as an organizational leader. Jon's skillset and experience make him the ideal candidate for Sheriff."

-Troy Tomaras
Chief of Police

"I have known Jon for over a decade and have had the opportunity to witness his: even approach to law enforcement, servant-leadership style, attention to detail, and community focus in both his professional and personal capacities."

- Jeff Wallis
Firefighter/Paramedic and Elected Coroner

“I encountered Jon VanGesen many times. He was responsible for getting me off the streets more than once. But Jon is not what I was expecting as a police officer. He always treated me decent regardless of why we were talking. Also, he was not ashamed to share his faith with me and try to steer me in a better direction. I must tell you that it did have an impact on my life.

I became a believer in prison and have been clean and out of trouble for many, many years. I am now a pastor, biblical counselor and have started and directed two different Christian recovery programs for addicts in my community.

He has positively impacted many other people I know as well. I just wanted to take some time to tell you that you have a good opportunity to add an amazing leader to your Sheriff's Office.”

-Lyle Skillman
Pastor, Counselor, and Recovery Program Director

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Coffee & Conversation With Jon

Stop by this Saturday, April 20th @ The Mill Cafe and Bake Shop, Jon will be there 8-9:30am. ...

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Please take a moment to view this weeks schedule April 15th-21st ...

VOTE: May 21, 2024

Jon VanGesen for Boundary County Sheriff 

P.O. Box 1811 | Bonners Ferry, ID 83805 | (208) 295-9720

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