2015 Ken Harward Award
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
The Ken Harward Award recognizes exceptional contributions benefiting the city governments of the State of Idaho. Harward was City Administrator and Finance Director of Nampa, Idaho, for 24 years, and his visionary planning was integral to the development of the Nampa Recreation Center, the Centennial-Ridgecrest golf complex, the Nampa Civic Center and the Idaho Center. Harward was also AIC’s longest serving Executive Director and worked tirelessly to build the credibility and effectiveness of AIC.
Former State Representative and Post Falls Mayor Frank Henderson was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Ken Harward Award at the Thursday evening Award Banquet during the AIC Annual Conference.
Frank was born in 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army 33rd Division in World War II. Frank attended the University of Idaho and began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Chicago Herald American newspaper. He also worked as a marketing executive before returning to Idaho in 1976 and becoming the owner and publisher of the Post Falls Tribune.
Frank served as Mayor of Post Falls from 1980 to 1983, as Kootenai County Commissioner from 1983 to 1991, and served ten years in the Idaho House of Representatives. Frank was selected to chair the House Business Committee one day after he celebrated his 90th birthday.
Frank was a charter member of American Legion Post 143 in Post Falls, received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism, and was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame in 2014.
Frank was a humble man who did not crave the spotlight. Throughout his career and life, he was a focused, organized, direct, driven, and solution-oriented leader. His priorities as a local elected official and legislator were growing and diversifying Idaho’s economy and building the infrastructure to support economic growth. Frank’s economic development efforts laid the groundwork for recruitment of companies including Buck Knives, Cabela’s, and Kimball Office.
Frank was married to Lillian for 55 years, and they had five children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. After Lillian’s death in 2005, Frank married his best friend Betty Ann, who currently serves on the Post Falls City Council.
On April 27, 2015, Frank passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and close friends at Hospice House of North Idaho after a long battle with cancer.
We express our most sincere appreciation for Frank Henderson’s outstanding legacy of public service. Betty Ann was unable to attend the Awards Banquet, so current Post Falls Mayor Ron Jacobson accepted the award in her behalf.