Payette County is very fortunate that we have a relatively small area of public lands where people can get lost or stranded in. We do have some public lands in the southern part of our County as well as the northeastern part of our County. If you are planning to go to these areas and enjoy our public lands, you should always tell someone where you are going and when you should be back. There is cell service in the majority of Payette County with the major cell providers. If you are not able to call for help, try to text 911. Sometimes a text message can get out when a phone call cannot.
If you find that you have gotten lost, the best advice is to stay put. If you start walking while rescue teams are looking for you it will make it more difficult to find you. If you see any aircraft or people in the area, try to signal them by using a signaling mirror or something reflective, or by waving a white piece of clothing.
The Sheriff’s Office owns 4-wheel drive vehicles and UTV’s that we use to respond to search and rescue efforts. We are also able to ask the surrounding jurisdictions to assist with the search.
The Payette County Jail is a very large operation. It is similar to a small city. We house up to 72 inmates in our facility. Most of our housing units are an open dormitory style unit. We provide water, sewer and trash services for our inmates as well. We have contracted with Summit to provide food to our inmates. One of the largest expenses that we have in our Jail though, is providing medical services to our inmates. While inmates are in custody, we provided them with medical care that they may need. We do this through a doctor that comes to our facility, taking patients out of the facility to specific doctor offices or an ambulance during emergency needs.
Just like any city, we have our own sets of rules that we ask all inmates to abide by. These rules help us keep the Jail running as smoothly as possible. Managing a 72-bed jail facility requires numerous staff members.
The Jail Division is one of the entry points into our organization. We hire employees to work in the Jail that are looking to start their career in law enforcement. We are in need of hard working, individuals who would like to start a career in law enforcement. The Jail Division is a great place to start a career in law enforcement. Our Jail Deputies learn how to maintain a secure Jail, house inmates, render aid to inmates, transport inmates to other facilities and take inmates to court in addition to other duties.
Today is your last day to request your ballot. Contact the Payette County Clerk’s Office at (208) 642-6000 to request a ballot if you have not already requested it. The 2020 Primary Election is being conducted by absentee ballot only. The polling locations will not be open today. All ballots must be returned to the Clerk by June 2nd in order to be counted.
I have appreciated all of the support over the last several months from our community, first responders, Sheriff Huff, and my family. I am looking forward to an opportunity to serve our county as the Sheriff. I have worked in Law Enforcement over the last 23 years and have enjoyed serving our communities here in Payette County.
Over the last several weeks, I have shared my goals with you. I wanted to take a final opportunity to share them with you again. As Sheriff, I will uphold the Constitution and the Laws in the State of Idaho. My top priority is to address the staff turnover rate that we have seen in the last several years. The turnover of staff costs our department and the community money every year. While turnover can be expected, I will work to reduce the frequency. The staff leaving our agency often cite the following three reasons for leaving: Competitive Wages, Competitive Benefits Package, and Job Satisfaction. I plan to work with the Payette County Board of County Commissioners to address these issues and reduce our turnover rate. I will manage the Sheriff’s Office in an efficient manner that uses tax dollars wisely and ensures that we are providing the best service possible to our community.
Throughout my life, I have found ways to be involved in the community. I enjoy interacting with our youth and answering their questions. As Sheriff, I will continue to be involved in the community that I served.
Thank you for your support. Make sure to request a ballot and vote Andy Creech for Sheriff!
All of our Patrol Deputies attend a 14-week academy at the Idaho POST academy. During this academy, our Deputies stay on campus where they attend courses at different times of the day. This academy requires they put in 600 hours of training. During the academy they study topics such as Domestic Violence, DUI/SFST, Crime Prevention, Health and Fitness, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, laws and numerous other topics. Throughout the academy the students have to pass certain milestone tests. At the end of the academy they are required to pass the final examination with an 80% or higher. Our Deputies graduate with a broad background in numerous areas of law enforcement. This training is beneficial to our community as they start their career and begin serving our citizens.
I grew up being involved in community activities. My family and I were involved in Lions Club, selling concessions at the Snake River Stampede, Paint the Town, Boy Scouts, performed duties for rec sports - including playing, refereeing and other, church, and school activities. As a family we served whenever we had an opportunity.
I enjoy the opportunity to help in the success of events for our community. It often takes volunteers to ensure the success of local events. My wife, kids, and I have been involved in community activities with 4-H, school activities, and church functions. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for the Valley Family health Care Center. I regularly attend the Fruitland and Ontario Chamber of Commerce and attend Kiwanis meetings as I am able to. I have also enjoyed opportunities to eat lunch at the Senior Centers.
Opportunities to talk with students at our local schools have been available throughout my career. In particular, I’ve used my background in Crash Reconstruction to add value to the material that high school students learn in their physics classes. I was part of a team of crash reconstructionists, that spent a day with high school students helping them investigate a traffic crash that a crash team had already investigated. I’ve also had opportunities to work with driver’s education classes talking about common mistakes drivers make and how to avoid them. I’ve also presented material to government and criminal justice classes. I enjoy these opportunities to interact with our youth and answer their questions.
As Sheriff of Payette County, I will continue to find ways to be involved in our youth and involved in our community. These things are important to me and I believe they are important to our community. I look forward to the opportunities to interact with our citizens and support our community.
A candidate that believes in partnership with citizens to make our communities safer.