Shoshone County, also known as the Silver Valley, is on the eastern side of Idaho’s northern panhandle. This area holds a beautiful landscape that was once known as the High Coeur d’Alenes. Shoshone County is known for its popular industry, mining.
Shoshone County is also known as a forest country. Timber has been a backbone of the county’s natural resources economy.
Shoshone County covers 2,636 square miles of mountains and valleys. Eighty-seven (87) percent of its land area (or 1,888,941 acres) is classified as “forest uplands.” Less than one (1) percent (only 6,027 acres) is “urban or developed.”
Full of history and fun recreational areas, Shoshone County, Idaho is a great place to live, work, and visit.
The Board of County Commissioners serves as the legislative body of the county government in Idaho. Shoshone County Board of Commissioners meets Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, they attend off-site and evening meetings throughout the week.
The board of County Commissioners is unique in that it is the only office with legislative, executive and judicial responsibilities. The Commissioners have the power to pass laws, adopt budgets, fix tax rates, and manage the county budget.
The current individuals on the Board of County Commissioners are Mike Fitzgerald (also the chairman), Jay Huber, John Hansen, and Susan Hendrixson.
The Commissioners’ Office is located at the Shoshone Courthouse. The address is as follows:
700 Bank Street, Suite 120
Wallace, ID 83873
Shoshone County, Idaho is an equal opportunity employer meaning that employee hiring decisions are made with no regard to gender, race, age, disability, religion, or color.
Any available jobs are listed on this page and/or with the Idaho Job Service or the Shoshone County Facebook Page.
Indigent Services provide partial, temporary assistance to Shoshone County residents for some non-medical and medical expenses. Assistance from Shoshone County is given when there’s no alternative. Under these laws, all counties in Idaho require reimbursement of any taxpayer funds used to assist a county resident.
Prior to financial assistance, certain requirements have to be met. The applicant must undergo an interview and provide information regarding his or her living situation, income, assets, insurance, resources, etc.
Once all the information has been collected, a Service Worker will conduct a thorough investigation to authenticate the information and then make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for approval or denial.
The County manages a full-service transfer station at 52619 Silver Valley Road. The facility is open seven days a week from 8:00 AM. to 4:00 PM excluding major holidays. Since the closing of the landfill in 1993, the facility transports garbage to a landfill in Missoula, Montana daily.
The facility accepts the following:
- household garbage
- commercial garbage
- construction waste
- recycling items
- household size refrigerators
- household air conditioners
- wood waste
In addition, 17-yard recycle bins are located at six locations throughout the county for citizens to use in order to promote recycling efforts.
Shoshone County Emergency Management plans for and responds to disasters such as landslides, forest fires, flooding, pandemic illnesses, and other catastrophic events.
The emergency services team serve as the pivotal point between the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and Shoshone County. Emergency Management works with all first responders in the county including Law Enforcement, Fire Departments and EMS units.
The County Emergency Manager works for the Shoshone County Commissioners and advises them on Disaster conditions, as well as other projects.
Susan Hendrixson currently serves as the Veterans Service Officer.
The Veterans Service Officer for Shoshone County is a part-time position who serves as an advocate for veterans and their dependents. The Officer offers assistance in helping veterans and their dependents obtain benefits.
Volunteer drivers from the county use the County Veterans’ Van to transport veterans to the VA Medical Center in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene for their medical appointments.
Contact the VSO at (208) 752-3331 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The Shoshone County Airport (S83), which is open to the public, is located three miles to the west of Kellogg, Idaho and provides a picturesque destination spot with plenty of year-round recreational activities or simply a resting place for flyers.
Some of the services at the airport include:
- parking tie downs
- courtesy car available for rent
- pilot’s lounge with refreshments
- internet service
- fuel service 100LL
Richard Abers is currently the Airport Manager. He can be contacted at (207) 952-1649.
The Floodplain Overlay District Regulations are a set of protocols to oversee the activities within a designated area known as the ‘Special Flood Hazard Area’ (SFAH) which was put in place by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s)
Floodplain Development Permits are needed for any expansion in the ‘Special Flood Hazard Area’. This is to prevent property damage that may occur during a flood.
The Planning and Zoning Administrator also serves as the Shoshone County Floodplain Administrator. This department provides the public with information and services related to ‘Floodplain Determinations’ and any additional flood insurance data for a site, such as the FIRM zone designation and the base flood elevation (BFE) or depth, Benchmark information and locations.
To learn more, go to the “Planning & Zoning Department” tab or links to many other opportunities for flood-related information.” You can also go directly to http://www.floodsmart.org/ or http://www.fema.gov/.
Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related laws and regulations, Shoshone County will not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination anyone on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
Shoshone County has established a discrimination complaint procedure and will take prompt and reasonable action to investigate and eliminate discrimination when and if it is found. Anyone who believes that he or she has been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI has a right to file a formal complaint with Shoshone County.
Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with the Shoshone County Title VI Coordinator within one hundred eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. For more information, please contact the Shoshone County Title VI Coordinator.
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and related federal and state laws and regulations, Shoshone County will make every effort to ensure that its facilities, programs, services, and activities are accessible to those with disabilities. Shoshone County will provide reasonable accommodation to disabled individuals who wish to participate in public involvement events or who require special assistance to access Shoshone County facilities, programs, services or activities.
Services are provided free without charge for individuals with special needs and disabilities. Any fees will be paid by the recipient or sub-recipient. The public will have access to translators, “I Speak Cards,” TTY/TDD services and vital documents translated when requested.
The maintenance department, under the supervision of the Board of Commissioners, is responsible for maintenance of the Courthouse while providing a safe and comfortable environment for the public and employees.
This includes janitorial and maintenance duties of all types inside the building, and grounds care outside for the County Courthouse and the Public Safety Building.
Tax Deed Auction
In Shoshone County, a “live” Tax Deed Auction is held once a year on the 1st-floor lobby of the Courthouse at 700 Bank Street, Wallace, ID.
The auction is advertised in the Shoshone County News-Press legal notices section several weeks before the auction is held.
Properties being offered at the sale can be redeemed at any time before the sale starts. However, only people with redemption rights can redeem.
If you are planning to bid on a property, you will sign up for a bid card the day of the auction. You must be present during the auction to bid. The Commissioner will read the property description and call for bids. Open bidding will proceed until the final bid is offered and the bidding is over. The buyer must pay in full by cashier’s check by 3:00 p.m. on the date of the sale.
The Shoshone County office of Fire Mitigation oversees and organizes the county fire and fuel management program in order to implement community fire protection measures and hazardous fuels treatments with programs certified by the Board of Commissioners.
The Project Manager works with private landowners, elected officials, various State and Federal agency officials, designated planning committees, the Emergency Services Manager and the County Commissioners to protect the area from fires.
The Project Manager’s duties also include:
- Manages and administers State and Federal grants to treat hazardous fuels;
- Assists the Shoshone County Local Emergency Planning Committee in addressing wildfire fire threats;
- Interacts with rural fire departments to secure equipment, deliver training and integrate those departments in a unified fire command structure for fire response and suppression;
- Coordinates with assigned incident management teams on behalf of the county;
The Shoshone County Noxious Weed Control Department helps the public and government agencies with the identification and control methods of toxic weeds.
The Services Include:
- Free weed identification booklets
- Equipment Loan-out program – including 1 and 3-gallon residential sprayers, 3-gallon backpack sprayers, ATV mounted spray tanks, and horseback sprayers
- Responds to questions and/or concerns by phone, fax, or email [email protected]
The Shoshone County Assessor is in charge of the Motor Vehicle Department. One of the roles of the Assessor’s Office is to handle registration and licensing of motor vehicles and recreational vehicles under the guidance of the Idaho Transportation Department.
Shoshone County residents can renew most of their vehicles online. The website is http://www.itd.idaho.gov/dmv. Residents will need the renewal reminder mailed to them from ITD, with the message “renew online at www.itd.idaho.gov/DMV” written in red below their address to renew electronically.
Any Idaho resident who has a disability, can apply for a Disability Placard at the local DMV office. To be eligible, they must have a qualifying disability that is verified by a doctor.
The Silver Express, which is the Shoshone County bus services, provides free reliable bus service Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM.
The fixed route begins in Kingston with stops in the cities of Kingston, Pinehurst, Smelterville, Kellogg, Osburn, Silverton, Wallace, and Mullan with additional stops in other areas in the county.
Each day, the route makes 3 trips both eastbound and westbound with 36 stops in each direction.
Here is the Silver Express fixed bus schedule.
The Treasurer’s Office’s mission to uphold the integrity of the duties as directed by Idaho Code. The Treasurer’s Office staff is committed to provide courteous and professional public service by promoting innovation, change and performance excellence.
This website includes all the tax information for citizens of Shoshone County. There are also links on how and where to pay taxes online.
Mike Smith serves as the current Juvenile Probation Officer.
The Office is located at:
700 Bank Street, Suite 210
Wallace, ID 83873
The Magistrate Court develops the Juvenile probation policies, and the Juvenile probation officer’s jobs are to implement them. They also utilize the resources of the County to assist Juveniles and their families to become successful members of the community.
Mike Gunderson is currently the Shoshone County Sheriff.
The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office is devoted to protecting all they serve. They deliver excellent law enforcement services, free from prejudice, and they do so with integrity and respect and the highest ethical standards to maintain public trust.
They maintain the community’s reputation as a safe place to live, work, and visit.
The sheriff’s office is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 5 PM.
The contact information is:
717 Bank Street
Wallace, ID 83873
The Shoshone County Jail is also housed here at the Sheriff’s office. Current inmates can be viewed from the jail roster.