Ada County GOP to select possible replacements for Sheriff Raney

The Ada County Republican Central Committee on May 26 will select up to three names to send to the Ada County Commissioners as its favored replacements for Sheriff Gary Raney, who is resigning at the end of June.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Ada County Courthouse main floor meeting room.

The commissioners will then have up to 15 days to make the appointment. Once the commission makes the decision, the appointee can immediately take office.

Under state law, all elected county positions are partisan, including the sheriff. Because Raney is a Republican, the nominees must come from his party.

Raney is recommending the committee and the commissioners select Capt. Stephen Bartlett, who has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for about 12 years. He formerly served as chief of police in Eagle under the city’s contract with the Ada sheriff. He also worked for the Garden City Police Department and the Payette County Sheriff’s Office.

“He has proven his leadership, he knows what to do and he is ready to take charge of the years ahead and continue the great legacy of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office,” wrote Raney in his April 23 resignation letter to the commissioners.

Raney, Ada County’s sheriff since 2005, is resigning to take a job with the Department of Justice where he will provide problem-solving assistance to law enforcement agencies that seek federal help to improve their departments.