Kootenai County

Barry McHugh

Serving the Citizens of Kootenai County Since 2009

I was born in Coeur d’Alene and have lived here most of my life. Growing up here was a blessing. All you needed was a bike to get where you wanted to go for fun. My motivation as Prosecuting Attorney comes in part from wanting to provide that same sense of safety for Kootenai County residents.

I’ve lived in a few places, including Moscow, Boise, Helena, Montana, and Arlington, Virginia.  Every time I lived away from Coeur d’Alene I was like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz – there’s no place like home. I think Idaho is a great place to live and Kootenai County is the best place in Idaho.

I owe a huge amount of gratitude to my wife Teresa and my children, who support me in every aspect of my life. Teresa is a talented artist who brings a diversity of interests into my life, which is great. We love seeing our adult children progress in their lives while enjoying the benefits of having an empty nest.

When not serving in my official capacity, I enjoy being active in volunteer service.  I am a board member for Safe Passage, an organization serving victims of domestic and sexual abuse.  I am the past president and board member of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association. I am a past president and board member of the Child Advocacy Center.  I have been a member of the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club since 1996, and a past president and board member of that club.  I am also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls.

I have served as Kootenai County’s Prosecuting Attorney since January 2009.  Currently I supervise 53 employees between the Criminal Division, the Civil Division, the Juvenile Diversion Division and Human Resources.  Prior to becoming the Prosecuting Attorney, I was in private practice.  Before private practice, I was a prosecutor for the City of Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai County, the State of Idaho, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho. I returned to work as a prosecuting attorney because it is, for me, the most satisfying work I have participated in as an attorney.  I love the challenges, and love serving the community that I grew up in and continue to call home.

The work of an elected Prosecutor is challenging.  In addition to being responsible for criminal prosecution, we advise the county’s elected officials and departments on civil legal issues. The diversity and complexity of the issues that arise create a different type of service to the community.  The totality of the obligations of this office guarantee that every day is interesting.

Though the job is challenging, I am blessed with wonderful employees who make my job easier.  They provide tremendous service in keeping Kootenai County safe.


Barry McHugh