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.
Employee Value Statement
The men and women of the Blaine County Sheriff's Office are responsible for each other and will always strive to work together to serve the citizens of our county. We will treat each other fairly, in a working environment that rewards and reinforces cooperation at all levels. Positive thinkers, who are adaptable t our organization's needs, will be recognized by the department. We are empowered to make suggestions and express our concerns. With management's commitment to quality training and staff development, we accept the responsibility to contribute through our actions and ideas to improve our organization's effectiveness and efficiency. Our fundamental commitment is to ourselves, our organization, and our constituents--the citizens of Blaine County. With these commitments in place, we will positively impact our profession to the highest degree possible.
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 and re-elected in 2021.
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 to work 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: the 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 Carpita 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. Carpita was promoted to Patrol Captain in 2020 and currently oversees both the county and Ketchum patrol teams. 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 trained hostage negotiator 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. Captain Davis has over 3100 hours of specialized law enforcement training.
Patrol Lieutenant Jamie Shaw
Lt. Jamie Shaw began his career in law enforcement with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 and joined the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office in 2000. Shaw was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2008 and to Patrol Lieutenant in 2020. He currently supervises the Ketchum patrol team. Lt. Shaw has an Idaho POST Advanced Patrol Certificate and is a High Liability Firearms Instructor with 3000 hours of specialized law enforcement training.
Patrol Lieutenant Fabrizio Lizano
A native of Costa Rica, Lt. Fabrizio Lizano moved to the United States in 1998 and began his career in law enforcement as a patrol deputy for the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office in 2008. He was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2014 and to Patrol Lieutenant in 2020. Lizano is responsible for supervising the county patrol team. In his off time, he keeps busy as an EMT, and as a member of the Ketchum Fire Department and Ketchum Rural Fire Department. Lt. Lizano has over 2200 hours of specialized law enforcement training.
Detective Lieutenant Mike Abaid
Detective Lt. Mike Abaid began his career in law enforcement with the Sun Valley Police Department in 2001. Abaid and his K9 partner began investigating with the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) in 2005. Abaid was hired as a Detective for the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. Abaid was promoted to Detective Lieutenant in 2020. He currently supervises the Investigations Team and NET. Abaid has an Idaho POST Master's Certificate with 2665 hours of specialized law enforcement training.
Detention Lieutenant Bear Dachtler
Detention Lt. Bear Dachtler began his career in law enforcement as a detention deputy with the Blaine County Sheriff's Office in 1999. Dachtler was promoted to Detention Sergeant in 2004 and to Detention Lieutenant in 2022. Dachtler is responsible for the safety and supervision of both detention staff and inmates. Lt. Dachtler has over 1000 hours of specialized law enforcement training.