Cody W. Roland, one of the two deputies involved in the fatal Nov. 1 shooting of rancher Jack Yantis, has worked for six Idaho law enforcement agencies in the past 15 years. He became a full-time Adams County sheriff’s deputy just four months before the shooting.
According to public records obtained from Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy, Roland joined the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office on April 17, 2000, as a detention deputy. He resigned Oct. 3, 2001, and joined the Parma Police Department as a patrol officer the next day. He resigned from that position on Aug. 26, 2004, and joined the Gooding Police Department.
Records also list him as a reserve officer with Wilder Police Department from March 12, 2001 to Dec. 17, 2003.
Gooding hired Roland as a patrol officer on Aug. 30, 2004, and he quit about a year later to join the Valley County Sheriff’s Office. He started that job Aug. 19, 2005, and stayed with it more than six years, resigning on Jan. 16, 2012. While on the Valley County force, he worked as a patrol deputy, patrol supervisor and adult detention officer.
According to an Aug. 29, 2007, article in the Long Valley Advocate newspaper in Cascade, Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen presented Roland with a presidential commendation for volunteer work he did while with the Gooding Police Department.
“For service to others, you demonstrate the outstanding character of America and help strengthen our country,” President George W. Bush wrote.
Eighteen months after resigning from Valley County, Roland joined Adams County as a part-time reserve deputy on Aug. 21, 2014. He became a full-time patrol deputy on July 7, 2015.
According to Idaho repository of court records, Roland paid fines in 1999 for two traffic violations, speeding and failure to wear a seat belt.
He is married.