Canyon County residents are fortunate to have a strong Sheriff’s Department with a long history of training new leaders. Experience on the job has proved to be the best way to learn how to run a 300-person law enforcement team.

Retiring Sheriff Chris Smith earned the right to run the department eight years ago. He was mentored by then-Sheriff George Nourse and was “ordained” as the next man to oversee the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Smith has done an excellent job and has worked hard to build solid relationships with local, state and federal crime fighting agencies. He hasn’t done it alone. Smith has good men and women who put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect local residents.

One such man is Kieran Donahue.

He’s the Republican nominee for Canyon County sheriff and has served in multiple capacities in the past eight years. He’s learned the different and very complicated aspects of the job, from patrol to working in the jail and detective divisions. And he’s worked side by side in undercover operations with officers in neighboring cities and counties. He’s been part of state and federal teams to nail drug and gang-related criminals.

For the past year, Sheriff Smith has mentored Donahue and recently appointed him as chief deputy after long-time public servant Gary Duelen retired.

Donahue has the support of nearly every respected past and present law enforcement officer in the Treasure Valley.

They know who they want at the helm of the sheriff’s department in the second most populated county in Idaho.

Donahue’s work extends beyond the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office. He’s worked with elected officials and served on the Idaho Justice Commission Subcommittee on Gang Strategies, and testified before the state commission and Idaho Legislature on criminal gang activities. Gang laws were strengthened after his testimony.

Donahue has earned great respect in his time as a law enforcement officer. He has the experience and the ability to be the next sheriff in Canyon County.

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