Sheriff files for reelection
Sheriff Dave Johnson filed for reelection Wednesday. If elected, he would be serving his third term of office.
"I'm running for office again because there is still more to do," the sheriff said.
Johnson stressed the changes of attitude in the workplace that have happened in the past 7 1/2 years.
"We have a great staff," he said. "It's really good to see the team coming together; everyone is pulling together.
"Everyone has an opportunity to excel and be recognized for their strengths," Johnson said.
"Officers are receiving more training," he said.
Johnson also cited the lower fatality rates in Bingham County. He credited increased traffic enforcement as well as officers being in the schools.
"Fatalities and accidents are down 50 percent," the sheriff said. "When our officers are not on call, they are working traffic."
There is also increased enforcement of drugs, the sheriff said. "We have really worked drugs."
Bingham County works with the Bear River Task Force which is made up of agencies from seven counties and six cities.
"We are working to stay on top of the drug issue," the sheriff said. One difficulty is that surrounding states have legalized marijuana for medicinal use. People figure the medical card gives them a free pass but marijuana is illegal in Idaho.
"Sixty pounds of marijuana is pretty heavy personal use," Johnson said.
Recently, a lot of marijuana has been transported from Montana to Utah.
There are 86 employees in the Bingham County Sheriff's office. Officers serve 10-hour overlapping shifts; five days on and four days off.
Officers who are part of the Critical Intervention Team (CIT) receive training on how to handle mental issues; to try to understand what people are going through.
"We are not always in an enforcement mood," the sheriff said.
Johnson has worked 42 years in law enforcement.
He and his wife, Vicki, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year. The couple have two sons, two daughters and 13 grandchildren.