Boise resident Jim Tibbs
, Idaho's new drug czar.Photo: Boise Guardian
Fulfilling a promise made in his inaugural address five weeks ago, Governor Jim Risch Tuesday named Jim Tibbs
of Boise to serve as the drug czar for Idaho.
...Tibbs will resign from the Idaho Board of Correction to take the drug czar position.
"I certainly support [Governor] Risch's effort and if he's
going to pick a drug czar, Tibbs
is great person."
"As I looked for an individual who could do all of that, Jim Tibbs
came to the forefront as someone with outstanding credentials and the ability to cooperatively develop a statewide plan to combat the problem."
In creating the position Governor Risch signed Executive Order 2006-23 that outlined the duties and powers of the drug czar.The order establishes the drug czar as the official "to oversee the coordination of all drug initiatives with the State of Idaho."The position reports to the Governor and the appointee serves at the pleasure of the Chief Executive.Tibbs
was honored by the selection and looked forward to the challenge of the newly created position.
"In my 34 years of law enforcement and now as an elected official I have seen the growth of illegal drug use and the serious problem it poses for society," the veteran cop noted."It will be a challenge to identify the programs, review their strengths and weaknesses and put in place an effective plan for coordination of services throughout the state," said Tibbs
Blaine County's front on the meth warTibbs
will find Femling very much on his
...Tibbs attended Boise public schools and graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. degree in Criminology.He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School for Police Staff and Command.
The new drug czar is an active member in the Boise community, having served as the chair of the Board of the Bogus Basin Ski Association
, a board member of the Ada County Human Rights Task Force
, and mediator for the Wings and Roots, Native American Campfire.Tibbs also served in the Idaho Army National Guard as a member of B Troop, 116 Armored Cavalry in Nampa.Tibbs
is married and has two grown children.