With the sudden retirement of former Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett, the Ada County Republican Party and Ada County Commissioners have been tasked with appointing a new sheriff.
The Ada County Republican Precinct Committeemen first chose their top three candidates from a pool of six. It was then up to the Ada County Commissioners, two Republicans, and one Democrat, to choose who would represent Ada County as sheriff until the next election.
The commissioners have made their choice and today chose Matt Clifford, currently serving as the Chief of Police for Eagle, as the next Ada County Sheriff.
Clifford is currently a deputy with the sheriff’s office, but because of the contract with the city of Eagle, Clifford had been chosen to serve as their police chief. The commissioners said that most of the feedback they had was in favor of Clifford.
Additionally, the commissioners read a letter from five mayors in Ada County that endorsed Clifford.
The commissioners also said Clifford also received approximately 60% of the support from citizens who emailed into the commissioner’s office.
Commissioner Kendra Kenyon (D) made the motion to appoint Clifford as sheriff with Rod Beck (R) seconding the motion. Both of those commissioners voted “Yes” while Commissioner Ryan Davidson (R) voted no. Davidson also said prior to the vote that he hoped there would be a focus in law enforcement and within the political community to address incarceration rates.
All commissioners thanked the candidates for their willingness to put their names forward as possible appointments.
Clifford spoke briefly and thanked the commissioners for their support. Clifford also thanked the people who supported him being appointed as the new sheriff and the meeting concluded after his speech.
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