Sheriff Huff and Lt. Creech are regular speakers at TVCC’s Introduction to Criminal Justice Class. They talk about our career paths and why we decided to get into law enforcement. They talk about the benefits to law enforcement and how students can prepare for a career in law enforcement.
Lt. Creech and Lt. Bullington speak to the Government Classes at Fruitland High School and Payette High School. This is a fun opportunity to share with our high school students. They talk about the Constitution and the laws that govern our communities. This is an interactive presentation that allows the students to ask any questions that they have. Lt. Creech and Lt. Bullington are known for answering every students’ questions in a way that they understand how the law applies to them. They always tell the students to start the question with, “I have a friend who…” The point of the discussion is not to give opportunities to write citations to the students. They enjoy helping the students understand the laws that govern them.
Sheriff Huff, Lt. Creech, Dispatcher Netcher and Coroner Schuller talk to the Fruitland High School health classes each year about safe driving. Dispatcher Netcher and her daughter talk about the death of their son/brother Nicholas Langdon. Langdon passed away as a result of a tragic vehicle collision. This vehicle collision occurred when 4 young adults went out cruising around. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts. Langdon was the only one to lose his life in the collision. This talk often turns to making smart decisions while operating a motor vehicle and speaking up if they are with someone who is making poor choices.
Dispatcher Netcher is known for her work at the New Plymouth Elementary School. The school relies on Netcher to work with elementary students as they are learning to read. Community members like Netcher are greatly appreciated by the school district.
Lt. Creech speaks to community groups like the Kiwanis, Lions Club, and Chamber of Commerce about issues that are important to our community. He loves the opportunity to share what the Payette County Sheriff’s Office is doing to help make our community safer.
Lt. Stromberg coaches a competitive softball team. He grew up playing baseball and continues to share that passion with the youth in the Payette area. He has a vast knowledge on the game of softball and enjoys coaching the team.
Lt. Carter teaches Hunters Education in New Plymouth. Lt. Carter has had a passion for guns, gun safety and hunting. Hunting and shooting are something that Lt. Carter’s family enjoys doing. Lt. Carter finds teaching Hunters Education as a way to share his knowledge and experiences with these young hunters who are looking for advice in how to be a safe hunter.
Sheriff Huff, Lt. Creech, Lt. Stromberg and Detective Jones have all been adjunct instructors at TVCC. They have taught courses for various criminal justice classes. We value education and sharing our knowledge with college students. They participate in the criminal justice program to help students succeed in the field of criminal justice.
Lt. Creech has been meeting with Mrs. Godby’s Criminal Justice Class at the New Plymouth High School during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Lt. Creech meets with them on most Thursdays to help answer their questions and add information to the material that they are learning in their class.
I started playing drums in the 7th grade in the Junior High School Concert Band. Under the leadership of Tom Stone, I learned the basics of rhythm, keeping time, and knowing how drums fit into the overall sound of the band. Later, when I entered high school, Bill Kennedy was the conductor of the jazz band and concert band. His instruction highlighted the need for drummers to be persistent and patient so that they can learn to support the band and enhance what is already being done by others. Drummers need to be able to listen to the other musicians and be able to adapt to their style of playing. Drummers require active listening, and drummers must always keep the band together by keeping the time and managing it. Kennedy’s passion was electrifying and contagious to the whole band. Kennedy offered constructive criticism and insisted on musicians being ready to accept criticism. These traits are essential for a drummer to develop to be effective. Over the last 34 years that I have been playing the drums, I have found that these same traits are beneficial to many other settings. These traits are part of who I am, and I use these traits in all things that I am involved in. These traits are useful in leading divisions within the Payette County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the traits that I use with not only my staff but also with the public, is active listening. I have found that people who are genuinely interested in any activity will have suggestions and ideas on how to make improvements. As a leader, I spend time listening to people and hearing their ideas. Some ideas may not be possible due to many reasons. However, over the years, I have been able to capitalize on many of them. As Sheriff, I will continue to listen to the ideas of the staff and the public. I view the role of a leader as a person who finds ways to support the good things that are already occurring.
Constructive criticism is often the way that people offer new ideas. Hearing constructive criticism can be hard for anyone, but I view it as an opportunity to find more efficient ways to complete the mission of the Sheriff’s Office. I have found that it is beneficial to listen with an open mind to the staff and the public. They have perspectives on daily activities that are important to consider when managing a division. I have found that often there are new ideas that can be used from those conversations. I use this input to continue to find ways to improve the Payette County Sheriff’s Office.
Active listening also includes patience and being adaptable. Even in criticism, there are pieces of truth and valid suggestions. I have found that when listening to criticism, it is important to have an open mind and to listen for the common ground to find ways to make improvements. I find that being patient and hearing people out helps to identify new possibilities. Being adaptable helps me have an open mind when hearing about alternate ways to do things.
I have found that persistence is the key to solving problems and making improvements. I don’t give up easily when implementing new ideas, solutions, and changes. While leading an agency, one must continue to be persistent in finding the best way for not only the agency but also the community. The service to our community and the safety of our community is a passion of mine.
The passion that I have for the Payette County Sheriff’s Office and also the safety of the communities that we serve is what drives me to run for Sheriff. The traits that it takes to be a drummer are also the traits of a leader. As a leader of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office, I will continue to listen to our staff and the public to resolve conflicts, identify more efficient ways to serve the community, and implement better ways to keep our citizens safe. As a leader, I will continue to look at our current operations and also what we need to plan for in the future. Planning for the future will help us develop strategies to continually provide the best service possible. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Payette County by leading the Payette County Sheriff’s Office as the Sheriff.
The training that goes into these employees takes several months to complete. The specialized training makes it difficult to cross train employees from other divisions to work in the Driver’s License Department as well as their primary positions. We have found in the past that when we had employees cross trained, we were constantly shutting down other offices and failing to serve citizens with their needs. The three employees in Driver’s License Department work together to cover each other’s personal time off, training schedules, and sick days so that we can keep the Driver’s License Office open the majority of the time. There are times when we are unable to keep the office open and are required to close. We try to minimize these times as much as we are able to.
I continued playing at the College of Southern Idaho until work got in the way of the performances. I did not touch my drum set again for numerous years while Kathy and I started our careers and family. Eventually, I started playing in the Treasure Valley Community College Intermediate and Wind Symphony Bands. In 2012 Andy had the opportunity to audition with a local rockabilly band named Billy and the Barn Kats. The Barn Kats are known for their covers of the rockabilly era. The band plays a lot of well-known covers from sun records, but also many lesser-known artists and hits.
We play at community events all of the western Treasure Valley. They have played at the Payette County Fair, Fruitland Family Fun Days, Weiser Court Street Cruisers, Malheur County Fair, Brewstock, Nyssa Thunderegg Days, FRCC Alive After 5, Old Fort Boise Days, Cascade Lake 4H Camp Fundraiser, Zeitgeist Half Marathon Race, and the Ontario Elks Lodge.
I have passed on my love of music to my kids. My son plays guitar, trombone, piano, and bass. He has played for the worship teams at church, band at New Plymouth High School, Treasure Valley Honor Band, and has recently started playing with a Jazz Band at the Northwest Nazarene University. My daughter Ashlyn plays flute and piano. She has played with the teen worship team at church, Treasure Valley Honor Band, and with the New Plymouth High School Band.
Music has always been an important part of my life and is something that I always find time to do. In my next blog, look for more about my Rockabilly band.
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