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Adams County in the state of Idaho was established March 3, 1911 and named for America’s second president, John Adams. It is comprised of 1,376 square miles of mountains, forests, rivers, and high desert and is bordered on the west by Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. Our county is home to approximately 4,000 residents and includes the communities of Bear, Council, Cuprum, Goodrich, Fruitvale, Indian Valley, Mesa, New Meadows and Pinehurst. Council, Idaho is the county seat and is known for being the meeting place of the Nez Perce and Shoshoni Indians.

Adams County is a great recreational area. Here you can camp, fish, hunt, hike, swim, horseback ride, and pick huckleberries. In the winter, there are plenty of activities such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and downhill skiing. We welcome you to Adams County!

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William “Bill” James has been apprehended and is in the custody of Adams County Sheriff’s Office! Thank you to all the agencies that assisted in the search and arrest of this individual. Please be patient for further information as there will be a press release to follow.


At this time William “Bill” James has not been located. We have one team moving out while another team moves in. The efforts will not stop until the suspect has been apprehended. If you have any information on his whereabouts please contact your local Law Enforcement. Thank you for your assistance during this event.


At this time the search for William “Bill” James continues. The men and women from multi-agencies are working diligently to apprehend the suspect.  Adams County Sheriff would like to offer our most sincere appreciation to all that have donated supplies to our local and visiting law enforcement during this time. Meadows Valley Emergency Services, Subway, Intersection BBQ, C&M Lumber, Ridley’s McCall, Road House Java, Bistro 45, Meadows Valley Motel, Incahoots, local citizens and to anyone missed, thank you. Please help us in supporting these businesses during and after the state shutdown.


William “Bill” James is still at large this afternoon. Sheriff Zollman would like to convey to the public, that anyone assisting Mr. James during this event can and will be criminally charged.

As of this morning William “Bill” James is still at large. There have been some leads given to authorities that are being followed-up on. Please remain cautious and watchful and report any suspicious activity.


We are aware of your frustration with the little information that has been given during this event. We understand and share in that frustration, as we also have no further information on the whereabouts of William James. 

We are asking for your patience as we will update you with information as it becomes available. If you see him or are contacted by him immediately call 911.




The May 19, 2020 Primary Election date will remain in place. Please read the attached press release on absentee voting.




The Secretary of State’s Office will mail Absentee Ballot Request forms to each registered voter.   Those forms need to be completed and received by the Adams County Clerk’s Office no later then May 8th, 2020.   Please mail the forms to Adams County Clerk, PO Box 48, Council, ID 83612 or fax them to 208-253-4880 or email them to

Voters, who do not wish to wait to receive the form, can print it from here. 2020 May Absentee Ballot Request Form


Voter Registrations:  The Adams County Election’s Office is encouraging electors to register online at . Should you not be able to register online, please call our office at 208-253-4561 option 5, or send an email to Gertie Young at or Sherry Ward at



COVID-19 INFORMATION – Restriction to Courthouse Visitors

PLEASE NOTE: In light of COVID-19 and to mitigate exposure, Adams County will not be processing Marriage Licenses and Passports until further notice.






Adams County now offers viewing of recorded documents. To view those documents, please click this link.



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Adams County is using a comprehensive emergency alert and notification system powered by AlertSense.
The system allows us to send residents emergency alerts, severe weather warnings and community notifications that may personally affect you and the locations you care about. This service is provided free to our residents and is easy to sign up. Anyone in Adams County can register to receive these messages by signing up at this link;…

We urge all individuals and businesses to register to ensure that we can alert you in the event of an emergency. Sign up today and share the types of emergency alerts, severe weather warnings and community notifications that you would like to receive, as well as your contact information and preferences (eg: text message to your cell phone, email, call to your land line phone number). Registration is especially important for those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number, have an unlisted phone number, or who have changed their phone number or address within the past year.
In order to receive personally relevant alerts and notifications, enter your home or work address so that we can send geographically targeted messages. Any information you share will remain private and will only be used to deliver the emergency alerts and community notifications to which you subscribe.
AlertSense enables us to issue emergency alerts to warn citizens of events such as severe weather, fire, flooding, hazardous materials, need for immediate evacuation, civil danger, local area emergencies, and missing persons.
Emergency alerts sent from Adams County will come through with the following Caller ID displayed: 877-957-9563. If you would like to hear the last alert you received repeated, simply dial the Caller ID number back.





Adams County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a grant through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to make a purchase of a much-needed three quarter ton pickup for towing of equipment. Without the proper vehicle, utilizing Search and Rescue and Marine Deputies equipment such as jet skis, snowmobiles and boats become difficult. This in turn makes rescues on any Adams County waterways or remote area inaccessible and poses a safety risk for the public. Thank you, Idaho Department of Park and Rec, for the opportunity to apply for this grant to assist in making Adams County recreational areas a safe place to work and play. For additional information or comments and letters please contact Crissy at the Adams County Sheriffs Office. She can be reached at 208-253-4163 or

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