Ada County sheriff’s deputies were caught by surprise Monday when they learned Sheriff Steve Bartlett called it quits with no prior notice.
Ada County Commish chairman Rod Beck was unaware of the move until he heard from someone who directed him to the KTVB website.
Beck said the county Republican Central Committee will provide three names and the commishes will select one to serve until the next general election. Bartlett was just elected in November 2020 to a four year term.
Deputies were informed via e-mail and at briefing time with a short message: “I have to attend to a couple personal items and scheduling in my life and am looking forward to that very much,” he wrote in his email. “Stay safe and enjoy the journey.”
Bartlett named chief Deputy Scott Johnson as acting sheriff until a new sheriff is appointed.
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