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Page 16 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Adams County Record County Candidates Grilled by Dale Fisk At the candidate forum in New Meadows last Thursday evening, Ryan Zollman announced that neither Rich Green nor Richard Borger will be his under sheriff if he is elected to the office of Adams County Sheriff. He said that even though he respects Sheriff Green, he has his own ideas on how to run things. "Ihe New Meadows High School was a lively place Thursday night as people enjoyed desserts before filing into the gym to hear the five sheriff candidates, the two prosecuting attorney candidates, and the two assessor candidates answer questions. Current Adams County Commissioner, Bill Brown, who is running unopposed, made a brief statement, as did Steve Worthley, candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives from District 9a. Stacy Swift Dreyer stressed her years of experience in budgets and finance while working at a bank as one reason to vote for her for Assessor, while her competitor for the position, Robin James, cited her on-the-job experience and training. Prosecuting attorney candidate, Michael Robinson, revealed that he lives in McCall but said he will move to Adams County if elected. His competitor, Myron Gabbert stressed his integrity and record as prosecutor. Room is lacking here to print all the questions and answers, but a few of the more interesting ones follow. Jurisdiction O n e question referred to an issue popular with the TEA party members and states rights advocates: "How do county, state and federal laws interact? Can or should a county sheriff enforce federal laws? What authority does federal law enforcement have within Adams County?" Mark Edwards: "The sheriff is the ultimate law enforcement in the county. He supersedes the federal law enforcement personnel. They can only come into this county, basically, with his permission or his authorization. The sheriff is the last line of defense of funding for the sheriff's office, money for road and bridge, and payment to schools. So it's best to have a good working relationship with the Forest Service and other federal agencies:' Don Allen agreed with Edwards, stressing, "It's County candidates at the forum in New Meadows on April 19. between the federal government and the citizens of the county. There is an awful lot of federal land in Adams County, a lot of Forest service ground, so it's best that we cooperate with federal officials. We get a lot of grants, a lot about relationships. The sheriff is the ultimate authority. But if you think the federal government just can't come in when they want to, we're still a part of the State of Idaho; we're still a part of the United States; we have the same constitution. People say, 'What are you gonna do about the Forest Service?' And I say you've got to cooperate with all these different agencies because if you do, then they'll come to you when there's a problem, or when they have to do something in the county, and you can say 'No' or you can say 'Yes; and be a part of the planning. We're going to have to pick our fights. You still have people in the state and federal government who have way deeper pockets and a whole fleet of lawyers. So we need to pick our fights and negotiate. But we still have the power to push back if they're out of lineY Vern Ludwig repeated the view that the sheriff is the ultimate authority and that cooperation is necessary. He added that one thing the sheriff can do is make sure that nobody's civil rights are violated. "We may not be able to stop a warrant from being served, but we can maybe make them do it a better manner, without excessive force; we can control how things are done to a certain extent:' Walt Okamoto stated: "Answering the question requires that the sheriff understands the difference between Exclusive Jurisdiction, Concurrent Jurisdiction, and Partial Jurisdiction. Exclusive Jurisdiction is the )urisdiction to enforce those laws by federal agencies only. Concurrent Jurisdiction is a set of laws that can be enforced by the sheriff, or the sheriff's deputies, and can be prosecuted by the sheriff or deputy without the federal agencies. Partial Jurisdiction is where it's a mix of either one. The reason it's important to know that is because there are some See COUNTY CANDIDATES GRILLED, page 18 I" I I I I I I I. LAST CHANC!!!! Our newsstand rate has increased to $1.00 per issue. On May 1st the local subscription rates will increase to $40.00 per year, but if you subscribe now you can still buy THEADAMS COUNTY RECORD at the old rate. 1 year $30 - save $22 off newstand prices m m m mm m ram, m m m m m m mmm m m l m m m mm Yes! I want The Adams County Record at the old ratel 1 year for $30.00 13 This is a new Subscription 13 Please renew my current Subscription Name Address City. State Zip 1 I I I I Fill out and mail with check to: The Adams County Record PO Box R Council, Idaho 83612 i i i Illll m IIIIIIII I I .J A00MO$00 HURRY! OFFER ENDS MAY IST I.