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April 30 People Section

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  
Posted by: Leon Duce
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Melanie Haynes, City Clerk for the City of Burley, retired after 30 years with the City.

Ellen Maier is the new City Clerk for the City of Burley.

The Caldwell Police Department has added five new reserve officers: Tommy Sessions, Amber Walker, Russell Colburn, Raul Ibarra, and Ben Mosley.

The Caldwell Fire Department has has hired three new firefighters: Rustin Hood, Jake Ives, and Gregory Cobb.

After 20 years of volunteering on the Coeur d’Alene Planning Commission, Heather Bowlby has stepped down. She was honored at a party attended by several planning commissioners, planning staff, city employees, Mayor Steve Widmyer, Council President Woody McEvers, and others.

The City of Caldwell has hired Kimberly Hagan as its new Water/Finance Customer Service Representative, Jaime Magana as the new Heavy Equipment Operator II,    Patricia Zarate as a Wastewater Plant Lab Technician, and has transferred Domitila “Tila” Godina from the Water/Finance Department to Human Resources as the new HR Administrative Assistant.

Eagle Mayor Jim Reynolds proclaimed April 12-18, 2015, as City Volunteers Week. The City of Eagle recognizes the importance of volunteerism and is taking a moment to thank those who selflessly give of themselves to the community. A plaque will be displayed in the lobby of City Hall recognizing these outstanding volunteers for Volunteer of the Month.

The City of Emmett hosted an educational tree workshop in March. Instructors were Gary Moen, retired horticulture professor; Jeff Bayes, certified arborist and owner of Tree Maintenance; and Gerry Bates, South Idaho Community Forestry Assistant. Topics included tree planting, tree biology, tree and site selection, pruning methods, chain saw safety, and tree felling.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department held its annual Awards Ceremony on March 21. Community Recognition Awards were presented to Tom Lenderink, Lamar Hayward, and Roxanne Mitro. Life Safety Awards were presented to Eric Day, Terry Kofoed, Aaron Cliburn, and Paul Martignacco. EMT of the Year was presented to Rob Hall. Firefighter of the Year was presented to Alyn Criddle. Center for Public Safety Excellence: Fire Officer Designation went to Jeff Parsons and Paul Radford.

Mayor Rebecca Casper appointed Forensic Accountant, David Smith as a new Idaho Falls City Councilmember. Smith replaces Dee Whittier who passed away in February.

Patti Cantrell, City Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Irwin, resigned to take a new job.
Birgit Cripe is the new City Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Irwin. 

Jim Marston was appointed to the Kendrick City Council to fill the seat vacated by Adriaan Guertsen, who resigned.

Betsy Mizell, an outreach associate for the Idaho Conservation League, has been named to the Ketchum Planning & Zoning Commission for a three-year term. She replaces Deborah “Burnsie” Burns, whose term has expired.

Colin Stelma is the new community service officer for the Ketchum Police Department.

Mick Mummert has been named wastewater division supervisor for the City of Ketchum. He replaces Dave Taylor, who retired after 20 years of service to the City.

City foresters Riley Stark, City of Lewiston; Elroy Huff, City of Meridian; Tom Grundin, City of Moscow; and Preston Hill, City of Post Falls received scholarships worth approximately $2,000 each to attend the Municipal Forestry Institute—an intensive, high-level leadership training and education program of the Society of Municipal Arborists.

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is now CPR Certified as part of the Heartsafe Meridian Program designed to make the community an even safer one with more people trained in CPR.

Donna Wilson is the new City Clerk for the City of Moyie Springs. She replaces Sandra Tompkins.

Pat Struchen, Utility Services Customer Representative, retired after 40 years with the City of Twin Falls.

Janie Higgins has been hired as a Utility Services Customer Representative for the City of Twin Falls.

Abigail Goodman was awarded the Twin Falls Police Chief’s Award for courage and selflessness when she put her own safety at risk to try to fend off the attack on another person by two pit bulls until police arrived. She also continued to help after the arrival of police by giving first aid to the injured woman.


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