Community Farewell Held for Bingham County Sheriff

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Updated: 12/28/2012 6:57 pm

For a brief moment Friday, the safest place in the world may have been at Tommy Vaughn’s in Blackfoot. It seemed like every law enforcement agency in the area was represented as this tightknit community said goodbye to a friend.

“I couldn’t ask for better people to be around,” said Johnson. “All the association with other agencies around here that you work with, the sheriffs, the police departments, the community, it’s just been great.”

As for the future, Sheriff Johnson has this advice for the man who is taking his position.

“I think the one thing that I would really hope that you look at the caliber of employees that’s working here in Bingham County right now and not look any further,” said Johnson. “Don’t be looking at trying to change a lot of things that’s working great right now.”

After a career of chasing the bad guys, Johnson says he’s looking forward to a little R and R.

“Relaxing a little bit,” continued Johnson. “It’s been a lot of years doing the same thing and it’s time to kind of take a little time off and relax and be with my family, spend more time with them.

Johnson knew his fate back in May when he lost in the republican primary to Craig Rowland. That’s actually when all of the races in Bingham County were decided as there were no democrats on the ballot this year.

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