Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney
Sheriff Gary Raney joined the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Boise, Idaho, in 1983 and advanced through the ranks until he was elected and then sworn in as the 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 jail custody and community supervision of about 3,500 offenders, managing Ada County Misdemeanor Probation, running the county-wide emergency dispatch center and fulfilling a variety of other statutory and cooperative duties.
During his time in office, Sheriff Raney has been recognized locally and nationally for bringing good business practices, accountability and innovative thought to the agency and to government in general. 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. 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. People often seek out his expertise regarding best practices in jail management and leadership, topics he has spoken and written about numerous times.
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. Gary 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.