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and providing education to Idaho's county officials

Justice and Public Safety Committee

The IAC Justice and Public Safety Committee is responsible for all matters relating to criminal justice and public safety, including, but not limited to, law enforcement, courts, corrections, firearm control, criminal justice planning, crime prevention, common law and civil law matters, public safety communications, jails, and juvenile corrections and delinquency prevention.

  • Chair

    Chris Goetz
    (Clearwater County)

  • Vice Chair

    Paul Wilde
    (Bonneville County)


Statement of Basic Responsibility

Idaho’s counties have primary responsibility in the state for providing a justice and public safety system. Counties are best suited to coordinate local criminal justice activities since all major law enforcement agencies are located within county boundaries.  Counties have primary responsibility in planning, coordinating and establishing priorities in allocating resources since they are faced with increased law enforcement and jail costs and additional standards imposed by the courts.  Counties have an obligation to exercise a strong leadership role in planning and problem solving at the local level.  It is essential that a partnership exist with other governmental entities to achieve success in meeting the needs of the justice system.


Court Fees and Fines

IAC opposes the establishment of any additional court fees or fines proposed to fund non-court programs unless sufficient money is returned to the county to offset the cost of operation.  However, IAC strongly supports the use of fines and fees for the cost of providing the Peace Officer Standards and Training program, including the existing fee and any future fee increases.

Child Support Collection Laws

IAC strongly supports state responsibility for child support enforcement.

Court Reporters

IAC supports the requirement that court reporters type their own transcripts as part of their salaries and acknowledge that the county owns the transcript.

Federal Peace Officers

IAC opposes legislation which defines federal peace officers as Idaho peace officers.

Law Clerk Salaries/Trial Court Administrators

IAC supports legislation that requires the state to pay the salaries and benefits of law clerks as employees as district court judges.  In addition, IAC supports legislation that would require the state to pay the salaries, benefits and support costs for the support staff of the trial court administrators’ offices.


IAC supports the funding and encourages the Idaho Supreme Court to designate funding to update Idaho State Tracking and Reporting System (ISTARS) and continue to furnish equipment and training for counties that supports improved technology.

Court Assistance Office

IAC supports the creation of the Court Assistance Office program funded by the state and the efforts to improve courthouse accessibility.

Jury System

IAC supports efforts to improve the jury system in Idaho.


Minimum Jail Standards

IAC supports the Minimum Jail Standards adopted by the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association and each county. IAC also supports the annual update of those standards to keep with current practices as long as the updated standards are financially feasible.

State Inmates

Since state inmates housed in county jails continue to pose a significant fiscal impact, staffing and liability burden on counties, IAC recommends the following:

  1. The state recognizes county fiscal problems and makes all efforts to adequately fund the Department of Corrections in order that counties receive timely reimbursement for holding state prisoners at a reasonable rate.
  2. IAC supports and encourages the Department of Corrections to remove all problem state prisoners from county jails upon notice by the county.

Privatization of State Prisons

IAC opposes privatization of state prisons until all opportunities for county partnerships have been fully explored, including maximizing the use of state-funded program beds in county jails.


Name County
Vicky McIntyre Ada County Treasurer
Jim Tibbs Ada County Commissioner
Lorin Nielsen Bannock County Sheriff
Angenie McCleary Blaine County Commissioner
Paul Christensen Cassia County Commissioner
Jay Heward Cassia County Sheriff
Clayne Tyler Clearwater County Prosecuting Attorney
Chris Goetz Clearwater County Sheriff
Lin Hintze Custer County Commissioner
Dirk Bowles Franklin County Commissioner
John Buck Gem County Coroner
Denise Gill Gooding County Clerk
Shaun Gough Gooding County Sheriff
Charlie Howell Jerome County Commissioner
Doug McFall Jerome County Sheriff
Cathy Roemer Jerome County Commissioner
Zachary Pall Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney
Kim Muir Madison County Clerk
Kimber Ricks Madison County Commissioner
Todd Smith Madison County Commissioner
Dan Spickler Nez Perce County Prosecuting Attorney
Donna Peterson Payette County Treasurer
Marc Shigeta Payette County Commissioner
Kristina Glascock Twin Falls County Clerk
Debbie Kauffman Twin Falls County Treasurer
George Urie Twin Falls County Commissioner
Betty Thomas Washington County Clerk
Patti Bolen Valley County Sheriff