Lt. Creech graduated high school in Nampa, Idaho and moved to Twin Falls, Idaho where he studied criminal justice and business management at the College of Southern Idaho. He graduated with a technical certificate in law enforcement. While attending college, Creech was a Reserve Police Officer for the Kimberly Police Department and worked at the Twin Falls County Criminal Justice Center as a Jail Technician. The City of New Plymouth hired him to be a Patrol Officer in 1997. Creech worked for the City of New Plymouth for two years before transferring to the Payette County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Creech has advanced through the department until reaching the rank of Lieutenant in 2014. Lt. Creech currently holds a Management Certificate through the State of Idaho. This is the second-highest attainable certificate through the Idaho POST Academy. He also has the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Patrol Certificates.
During Lt. Creech’s career, he has been a Jail Technician, Patrol Officer, Patrol Team Supervisor, Field Training Officer, and Patrol Division Sergeant. He has redesigned and managed the field training program for new deputies, and is an Internationally Accredited Crash Reconstructionist through A.C.T.A.R.
As a Lieutenant, Lt. Creech is involved in the daily operations and administration of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office. He currently works with Sheriff Huff and the administrative team in the areas of budget, policy, procedures, and other duties. Lt. Creech has been involved in applying for and bringing large grant funding to the county to make necessary upgrades to our systems and equipment. Sheriff Huff has worked with Lt. Creech over the last several years to help him learn the administrative duties that are fulfilled by the Sheriff. Lt. Creech has attended the Idaho Sheriff’s Association Conferences along with Sheriff Huff for the three last years. He has also attended the "New Sheriff School" as well as numerous other trainings that are designed for Sheriffs and their administration.
In addition to these duties, Lt. Creech has been an Adjunct Instructor at the Treasure Valley Community College. He has taught college students Crime Scene Investigations, Patrol Procedures, Traffic Law, and Traffic Crash Investigations. He also currently teaches an introduction to crash investigation class to officers and deputies at the Idaho Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Basic Academy.
He has also spoken at New Plymouth High School, Fruitland High School, and Payette High School about the United States Constitution, State Laws, Local laws, vehicle safety, and driver safety.
Lt. Creech is known for his collaboration skills and working with other emergency response agencies and community partners to solve problems. He has helped coordinate with numerous entities in our county in preparation for disasters and other large emergencies, as well as for daily activities. Lt. Creech volunteers in the community often and has had the opportunity to speak at the New Plymouth Kiwanis, Payette Lions, and Payette Chamber. He has been a regular attendee of the Payette, Fruitland, and Ontario Chamber of Commerce over the last several years.
During his 17 years of patrolling in our community, Andy began to realize that our deputies needed to be involved with our youth. He began teaching the Payette High School physics class about how physics is used in law enforcement to investigate vehicle collisions. He has spoken to driver’s education classes in New Plymouth and Fruitland where he has talked to the students about safety, motor vehicle laws, and what to do when an officer pulls you over. He has also spoken with the health classes in New Plymouth and Fruitland High School about making smart decisions when operating a motor vehicle. His community partnerships have allowed him to share the knowledge, training, and insight that he has gained throughout his 24-year career.
Lt. Creech is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Valley Family Health Center. Their mission is to provide high quality, patient-centered health care services to satisfy the primary care needs of our community members and to assure access to care for all. Lt. Creech has been a member of this health center since December 2016. He enjoys being part of the health care center, and his volunteering helps to bring access to health care to the entire community.
Lt. Creech has completed over 3,700 hours of in-service training. Of that training, over 480 hours is in management and 390 hours in emergency management.
Lt. Creech has attended the Northwestern University for Public Safety Command College. The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive 5 month program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications. He has also attended the FBI Command Leadership Institute where they covered such topics as credibility, command discipline and liability, dealing with problem employees, and leading change within an organization.
“The experiences throughout my life have shown me the importance of continual learning, improvement, and development within our department and community,” said Lt. Creech. He brings this approach to his work, his community volunteering, and his family every day.
Lt. Creech values integrity, service, dedication, and commitment to our community. His highest priorities are on the safety of our community, care and well-being of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office Staff and Employees that serve the community, and fiscal responsibility. Lt. Creech will protect our citizens and their rights by upholding the Constitutions and the Laws of the State of Idaho. He has been part of and wants to continue identifying areas for advancement, improvement, and implementing those improvements within Payette County. Lt. Creech believes that community involvement is essential in law enforcement, and he takes the initiative to reach out into our community to provide more complete services to our community members.
A candidate that believes in partnership with citizens to make our communities safer.