Sheriff Gary Raney joined the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Boise, Idaho, in 1983 and advanced through the ranks until he was elected Ada County Sheriff in 2005.
Sheriff Raney is now responsible for the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Idaho with about 650 employees and a $60 million budget.
His duties include policing unincorporated Ada County and the cities of Eagle, Kuna and Star. He is also responsible for managing the 1,217-bed Ada County Jail — and community supervision of about 3,500 offenders. He also manages Ada County Misdemeanor Probation, runs the county-wide 911 emergency dispatch center and fulfills a variety of other statutory and cooperative duties.
Sheriff Raney has been recognized locally and nationally for bringing good business practices and data-driven decisions to the leadership of the agency — with an emphasis on reducing criminal recidivism and making sure inmates at the Ada County Jail are placed in the best programs to ensure the safety of the community.
He is often sought out for his advice and expertise and has presented to thousands of people across the United States on a wide variety of leadership topics.
People often seek out his expertise regarding best practices in jail management and leadership. He was honored to speak on organizational complacency at the management retreat for Kennedy Space Center and to Congress on prevention programs for at-risk children.
Sheriff Raney tries to be both educated and an educator. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree, and later a Master’s Degree from Boise State University. He also graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff & Command, the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute – a prestigious international law enforcement leadership consortium.
Sheriff Raney is currently an adjunct professor for Boise State University and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.
Sheriff Raney is very active in the community and sits on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Saint Alphonsus Hospital Foundation Board, the Ada County Drug and Mental Health Court and the Intermountain West Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.
He just completed his term as the president of the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association and has been the Board Chair for the United Way of Treasure Valley and for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Sheriff Raney recently became the Board Chair for the Washington DC based Pretrial Justice Institute – the premier organization in the nation on developing pretrial services for better community safety.
Sheriff Raney has also been appointed by the Governor to Chair the Idaho Peace Officers Standards & Training Council and is the Chair of the Idaho Criminal Justice Grant Council and Vice-Chair of the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission.
In 2010, the United States Attorney General appointed Sheriff Raney to the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Corrections, where he helps provide a nationwide vision for jails and prisons. He is one of only two sheriffs in the nation to sit on that board.
In his free time, Gary enjoys spending time in the mountains, riding his touring motorcycle or practicing his hobby of amateur photography.