When Ada Sheriff Gary Raney announced his resignation last month, the heir apparent seemed to be Steve Bartlett, a current captain and former “Chief” of the Eagle department run under contract by the Ada sheriff.
While they only have “nominating power,” the Republican Central Committee offered up the name of former Captain Randy Folwell, who retired in 2011 after 28 years, as their first choice to replace Raney. Bartlett was Raney’s choice, but the R folks said Folwell was their #1 guy.
Under Idaho law, when an elected county official leaves office before an election, the commishes appoint a replacement until the next election. This could be interesting because the commishes haven’t always agreed with some of Raney’s decisions. Even though they control only the purse strings of the sheriff’s department, both Jim Tibbs and David Case have law enforcement backgrounds.
Commissioners could select either of the two men and will have up to 15 days to make the appointment.
Raney is resigning at the end of June to take a job with the U.S. Department of Justice where he will provide problem-solving assistance to law enforcement agencies seeking federal help to improve their departments.
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