At a public assembly on Wednesday, candidates for the just lately vacated Ada County sheriff’s place have been interviewed by the county’s three commissioners.
The former sheriff, Steve Bartlett, abruptly resigned on the finish of May after being re-elected to the submit final November. The Ada County Republican Central Committee nominated three candidates to fill the place, and the county’s commissioners will appoint their selection this week.
During the Wednesday afternoon interviews, commissioners questioned one candidate, Doug Traubel, about controversial feedback he has posted on social media and in different writings, together with a guide he wrote referred to as “Red Badge: A Veteran peace officer’s commentary on the Marxist subversion of American Law Enforcement & Culture.”
Commissioner Kendra Kenyon, of District 3, questioned Traubel about posts he has written about the quantity of Black males who rape white girls, his help for the “constitutional” sheriff motion and feedback that he wears a masks with “hoax” written on it when touring on airplanes, that “Islam is the culture of death” and that single moms are “not an economically viable unit.”
“As a single mom raising two kids, I personally take offense to all of these,” Kenyon mentioned.
Later, she requested Traubel about the supply of a sentence in his guide that “at least 50%” of rape allegations are false.
In response to Kenyon’s questions, Traubel mentioned that when his feedback are “suspended in the air without the context of the chapters and paragraphs” that encompass them, “it paints an unfair picture of me.”
He added that “we should treat one another as equally precious,” and that his private opinions wouldn’t intrude together with his means to function sheriff.
He additionally mentioned that he couldn’t title the origin for his statistic about the quantity of false rape allegations off the highest of his head, however that his guide was factual and nicely-sourced.
The commissioners additionally requested Traubel about the circumstances of his departure from the Ada County prosecutor’s workplace, which he left in 2019. Kenyon learn from a letter the chief legal deputy prosecuting lawyer despatched to Traubel after one other worker thought that Traubel’s “personal documents” referred to as into query his “ability to remain unbiased” in his work.
Traubel mentioned that in his previous few years on the prosecutor’s workplace, he grew to become “more bold” about voicing his opinions on social media.
“At some point it was obvious that I could not expect my employer to accommodate my interest in expanding my footprint,” he instructed the commissioners. “For that reason it was mutual that I left. It wasn’t a negative thing. It was just the right thing to do.”
Traubel additionally defined his views on the sheriff’s authority.
The “constitutional” sheriff’s motion claims that elected sheriffs are the supreme law enforcement officials inside their jurisdictions, that means that sheriffs have authority over federal and state legislation enforcement companies.
Under the U.S. Constitution, federal legal guidelines and authority generally supersede state legal guidelines.
Traubel acknowledged that if a “social justice mentality is pulling the reins on the police” in Boise throughout a protest, “if I get wind of that, I’m going in.” He added that he would “call (Boise police) officers under my command.”
“It kind of sounds like you’d be willing to take up arms against the Boise police,” Rod Beck, commissioner for District 2, mentioned in response.
Kenyon additionally questioned Traubel about his expertise as an administrator, noting that the sheriff’s workplace employs round 800 individuals and has a price range of about $100 million.
Traubel mentioned he has by no means had an official administrative position, however he mentioned that his expertise with budgets as a small enterprise proprietor would assist him as sheriff.
During one line of questioning from Beck about his writings, Traubel supplied an prolonged commentary on the historical past of World War II, which he mentioned allowed for the enlargement of communism. Traubel mentioned Jews are guilty for the creation of the Soviet Union and for the next violence that adopted.
He mentioned that Jews have been victims in Nazi Germany, however that “they were the villain class in the Soviet Union” as a result of they “led the Bolshevik revolution.”
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Judeo-Bolshevism was a distinguished type of Nazi propaganda, which claimed that communism was a Jewish plot to threaten Germany.
“What we don’t often hear … is how many hundreds of thousands of people were killed (in the Soviet Union) and what group actually started that,” Traubel added.
Mike Chilton solutions a query throughout his interview for the vacated sheriff’s place.
‘THE CABAL … STILL IS KIND OF IN CONTROL’
The commissioners additionally interviewed Mike Chilton, a former Marine Corps veteran, Sheriff’s Office worker and candidate for county coroner who left legislation enforcement in 2010 to run All American Investments.
Chilton instructed the commissioners that “hundreds” of deputies had texted or referred to as him in help of his candidacy. When Ryan Davidson, commissioner for District 1, inspired Chilton to ahead these feedback to the commissioners for evaluate, Chilton mentioned that he thought many of them could be reluctant to take action for worry of retribution.
“The cabal that has controlled Ada County for three and a half decades still is kind of in control and still is there,” Chilton mentioned.
Chilton initially declined to signal a launch waiver permitting the commissioners to evaluate his prior personnel and employment recordsdata, based on Kenyon, and when he did signal a “partial waiver” on Tuesday, it was “edited to the point that we really couldn’t use it,” she mentioned.
Chilton mentioned that the preliminary waiver was “fraught with problems,” and that it included a “promise to dox everything to the public,” referring to the apply the place figuring out info is printed on-line about a person with the intent to hurt them.
“In 2021, when we live in a world where Antifa, BLM, all kinds of people show up … the amount of information and the promise to put it out to the public is what concerned me,” he mentioned.
Chilton mentioned that his expertise as a monetary adviser ready him to handle the sheriff’s price range, and that he has stored conscious of police-associated points since leaving legislation enforcement over a decade in the past.
On Wednesday, he expressed concern about how earlier sheriffs have come to workplace.
“We’re trying to get a fourth sheriff in a row now that’s picked out of a small group of people,” he mentioned. “It’s time to open the windows and let some fresh air into that building.”
Matt Clifford is interviewed as a candidate for the vacated sheriff’s place on the Ada County Courthouse on Wednesday in Boise.
‘MY TIMELINE GOT BUMPED UP’
The ultimate candidate the commissioners interviewed was Matt Clifford, the police chief of Eagle and the one candidate for the workplace serving in legislation enforcement. Because town of Eagle contracts its police drive with the county, he’s a lieutenant within the sheriff’s workplace.
Clifford emphasised his 20 years of expertise in legislation enforcement throughout his interview, in addition to his expertise managing his police drive’s price range.
“It wasn’t until I was promoted and appointed to the chief of police that I really had a realization that I have a skill set and knowledge and experience that I really truly believe that I could be the sheriff of a large agency,” he mentioned.
When Davidson requested Clifford whether or not he would have the ability to deal with the sheriff’s place after serving in Eagle, which Davidson says has a decrease crime charge than different components of the county, Clifford cited his expertise working as a K9 canine handler throughout the county.
He added that he was the incident commander on Tuesday when a SWAT workforce entered the house of an Eagle resident after an eight-hour standoff with police.
Clifford spoke in help of increasing the Ada County jail, which he mentioned was essential to accommodate the area’s rising inhabitants. Chilton additionally supported increasing the jail, whereas he and Traubel each thought that the county ought to work to cut back the jail’s inhabitants.
Clifford additionally mentioned he and a small group of different Sheriff’s Office workers had met to do some “succession planning,” and that the group just lately determined that Clifford would run for sheriff in 2024.
“We talked to the previous sheriff about that, ironically six days before he retired,” Clifford mentioned. “My timeline got bumped up … people knew that we were talking about it and knew that I was going to step up in that role eventually.”
Beck requested every candidate about the approach utilized by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin that killed George Floyd and led to widespread, nationwide unrest final summer season. Each candidate mentioned he was troubled by what occurred, however Traubel and Clifford each mentioned that the approach, when used appropriately, was an efficient means of controlling a individual.
The commissioners will reconvene Thursday to debate Wednesday’s interviews, and Kenyon mentioned they are going to make their choice by Friday.
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