Ada GOP offers commissioners two choices to replace county sheriff

The Ada County Republican Central Committee on Tuesday selected Randy Folwell as its first choice to replace Sheriff Gary Raney. Stephen Bartlett, favored by Raney, was the committee’s second choice.

Folwell spent 28 years with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, retiring as a captain in 2011.

“I have worked in virtually every aspect of the sheriff’s office operation,” Folwell told GOP committee members. “When this opening came up, I realized I had a deep passion to serve and plenty of tread left on my tires."

Bartlett, who Raney named as his preferred successor, is a captain with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked for about 12 years. He formerly served as chief of police in Eagle under the city’s contract with the Ada sheriff.

“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,” Raney wrote about Bartlett in his April 23 resignation letter.

The committee could have selected up to three names to forward to Ada County commissioners, but just two people were nominated.

Commissioners could select either of the two men and will have up to 15 days to make the appointment, which will be effective upon Raney’s departure. Under state law, all elected county positions are partisan, including sheriff. Because Raney is a Republican, the nominees must come from his party.

Raney, Ada County’s sheriff since 2005, 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 that seek federal help to improve their departments.