Brent Reinke, who has served 18 years as an administrator for the state of Idaho, and seven years as the top man in charge of the Idaho Department of Correction, announced late Tuesday that he would be turning in his keys.
"It's been an incredible run, but it's time for me to serve in a different way," Reinke wrote in his resignation letter to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.
Reinke served as director of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction for 10 years prior to his 2007 appointment to IDOC director.
Kevin Kempf, IDOC deputy director, will move in as acting director beginning Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Reinke had taken a leave of absence earlier this year when his grandson, 23-year-old Bradley James, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the December 2013 shooting and stabbing death of 58-year-old Larry Miller in Filer. In July, James pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a plea agreement. And in September, James was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra: "As I have said in the past, Idaho’s graduation rate is showing positive movement and this confirms that students are graduating at a higher rate nationally than ever before,”
Idaho Democratic Party officials in Boise have decided to pull a party field organizers out of Legislative District No. 1 because the operative claims he was being "stalked and harassed" by supporters of incumbent Republican Rep. Heather Scott.