Ada County commissioners poised to announce new sheriff

The Ada County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday interviewed each of the nominees to replace Sheriff Gary Raney, who is resigning at the end of the month.

The commissioners grilled each candidate for about an hour.

Commission Chair Jim Tibbs said he expects the commission to make a decision “sooner than later … if we can get it done before the weekend we will.”

Because Raney is resigning mid-term from the partisan position, the Ada County Central Republican Committee gets to select nominees to replace him, which are then forwarded to the county commissioners, who make the final decision.

The Ada County GOP on May 26 selected Randy Folwell as its first choice and Stephen Bartlett as the committee’s second choice.

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

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.

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

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.