Canyon County's new top lawman, set to be sworn into office on Monday, Jan. 14, has already put his county's chief problem—meth—in his crosshairs.
"We're not winning the war on methamphetamine, not in any way," Sheriff-elect Kieran Donahue said in this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune. "It's not a law enforcement issue, it's a society issue. Our burglaries go up because of it, our robberies go up because of it. It's a vicious cycle."
The Press-Tribune reports that Donahue is also facing a significant problem of overcrowding at his county jail.
"We're doing everything we can with a dilapidated facility that continues to cost this county a tremendous amount of money from maintenance and liability," said Donahue. "I truly believe that in the future, what we need to do is consolidate with other counties in our district and move toward the regional management system."
Donahue will take the reins Monday from retiring Canyon County Sheriff Chris Smith.