Chris Carlson perfectly captured Governor Andrus. He met problems head on, solving them without hesitation. When I served him as counsel, the funding federal agency required a law enforcement planning document that requested funding for organized crime projects. No options, it was a must. I described a stolen gun ring in the Burns, Ore., to Parma corridor. The director of law enforcement called me on the carpet in the governor’s office and denied that such a ring existed. I said, “I believe that for $100 I could buy one, maybe two stolen guns in Parma tonight.” Andrus took out his wallet, took out a folded $100 bill and slid it across the desk to me. He said, “Let’s meet here at 8 tomorrow morning.” No discussion. Just do it. In the morning I went in with two stolen revolvers and FBI certification that they were stolen from Portland in a burglary. The director said nothing. I asked, “What do I do about my report?” The governor said, “Go with it.” He was a man for all seasons. It is not likely that Idaho will ever see another. He disputed it but he was Idaho’s greatest governor.
Fred Kelly Grant, Nampa