When I think about the role of sheriff and the strengths that I bring to the table three themes come to mind – leadership, service, and communication.


The ability to move a group in a common direction with a common goal. One of the greatest opportunities that I have had in my law enforcement career was to serve as the School Resource Officer (SRO) for six years. As an SRO I learned of the positive impact law enforcement could have on students.
A SRO’s role as law enforcement officer, social worker, and informal counselors enabled me to work along with teachers and administrators for one common goal – the success of the students. Every day was an opportunity to see how we could have a positive effect on that outcome. As sheriff I want to lead
with the idea of law enforcement having a positive outcome in the lives of our community, by establishing and maintaining positive partnerships throughout the community I believe that we can accomplish this goal.

December 05, 2017

2 File to Run for County Sheriff

Carr and Weber hope to replace Whalen, who has been the valley's top cop for nine years.


Candidates who aspire to be Teton County’s next sheriff are already tossing their hats in the campaign ring, almost a year ahead of the election.

In an interview with the News&Guide on Monday, Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen confirmed his plans to retire after 28 years in the valley, nine of those as the county’s top cop.

“I think it’s good for the department to undergo a change in leadership,” Whalen said. “My fingerprints have been on the sheriff’s office for 20 years in a significant leadership position. That’s a long time.”

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