Work HistorUndersheriff NELSONy

Undersheriff Brett A. Nelson is a 30 year Law Enforcement veteran who began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department assigned to the Jail before accepting a Patrol position with the Fontana Police Department.  After several years, Undersheriff Nelson lateralled to the Santa Ana Police Department where he served until his retirement in 2020.   Undersheriff Nelson was first hired by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2020 as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Jail before transferring to Patrol.  In October of 2021, he was selected by Sheriff Bob Norris to be the next Undersheriff. Undersheriff Nelson was officially sworn into office on Friday, May 20, 2022.   Undersheriff Nelson comes from a family of public servants.  His wife Michele retired from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department as a Detective after 22 years of service and both his father and uncle retired respectively after 30 year law enforcement careers.


Together, Michele and Brett are the proud parents of two daughters and a son. The Nelson family was drawn to North Idaho after Michele attended her friend’s wedding on Hayden Lake many years ago.  They originally purchased property in Blanchard before purchasing a home in Rathdrum.  The Nelson family feels extremely blessed and grateful to have been fortunate enough to have relocated to this beautiful area to allow their children to enjoy nature’s beauty.  Undersheriff Nelson looks forward to serving the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Kootenai County.