Blaine County Sheriff Steve Harkins will seek re-election next year, he announced via the office’s official Facebook page on Thursday. The public post came after Harkins told his staff during a staff meeting earlier in the week.
“The filing deadline is only four months away and I wanted my team to know my commitment and dedication to them and our community,” he said.
Harkins ran uncontested in 2016 to replace then-Sheriff Gene Ramsey, who retired at the end of his term. Prior to running for sheriff, Harkins spent five years as a patrol officer, 12 years as a detective and nearly eight years in administration as chief of the Ketchum Police Department, a division of the Sheriff’s Office. He is three years into his first four-year term as sheriff.
“The last three years have been an incredible experience and we have accomplished so many goals to make us a more professional and trusted law-enforcement agency,” he said. “The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is in a great place and I am very proud and honored to be a part of this amazing team who serve and protect our community.”