MADISON COUNTY − Madison County Sheriff Rick Henry will be running for re-election this fall. On Thursday, Feb. 13, Henry made his formal announcement for candidacy and talked about his hopes for the next four years.
"I'm very excited about the things we'll be bringing forward within the next five years that are gonna be focused on continuing to build the servant leadership and service in general from their Madison County Sheriff's Office," he said.
Elected as the Madison County Sheriff in 2016, Henry is a former chief deputy of Teton County, where he worked for eight years. He's acquired an Idaho State Police Officer Standards and Training Certificates: Advanced, Supervisor and Management. He’s also an FBI National Academy Graduate and attended the University of Virginia where he acquired a certificate in criminal justice education. He also attended Idaho Sheriff’s Association New Sheriff’s School in 2004 and 2009.
Recently Henry was presented with the highest certification a peace officer can acquire: The POST Executive Certificate.
“It’s a really tough cert. to get and I was just really super happy to receive it and be presented that certificate by the POST Academy Director Brad Johnson,” he said.
When asked why he decided to run for re-election Henry said they weren't finished with the work they started.
"(I'm running) to fulfill the obligations that I have to this community and to continue to provide a new culture and continue to build on relationships both old and new that we've been a part of over the last three years," He said.
Henry said they have a vision for the next level of community outreach and growth. "We've got a lot of work to do," he said.
During his press conference on Thursday, Henry talked about plans for keeping Sugar City safe in a time of frequent vandalism.
"I actually met with the Sugar City Mayor, Steve Adams, last Monday," Henry said. "And we talked a little bit about some of the opportunities they have as a community to have somewhat of a community watch. We have three deputies that live in sugar City and we talked a little bit about vandalism. Vandalism is really tough to deal with because it's (just) something people do. It's done usually at night, and ten times out of ten it's usually kids being kids - not that they aren't accountable, but that's usually what you run into and that's tough. It's a tough crime to solve but having said that we are working with Sugar City to come up with some solutions so they have a little bit of coverage and it's gonna be through the citizens there."
Henry also briefly spoke about plans to relocate the Drivers License and Registration office to the old Payless building near Albertsons.
"We're looking to expand a little bit, we want to move our driver's license portion so that we can join that with the Department of Motor Vehicles so it'll be a one-stop-shop," he said. "We're looking at some different building areas. So it'd be nice if you could go get your license plates and actually get your driver's license at the same place. And we're looking to do that just for convenience to our citizens, it'll be here in Rexburg but hopefully we can get that moving this summer."
Rexburg Chief Shane Turman said working with Henry has been fantastic.
"It’s been fantastic, some of the best working relations we’ve had that I can remember between the Police and the Sheriff’s Office," he said. "From everything that I’ve seen I think Rick's done a great job."
Turman says they get together a couple of times a month to have lunch and talk about how things are going within the county and city.
"He’s always been a man of integrity and he always does the right thing," Turman said. "What more can you ask for?"
According to the Madison County Clerk office, they don't know of anyone yet running against Henry but the filing time is between March 2 to March 13. Although no one has filled they can declare their intent any time.